Puck drop: Congressional hockey match Wednesday will raise funds for charity


It’s the Lobbyists vs. the Lawmakers on Wednesday, as the Congressional Hockey Challenge takes to the ice in Arlington, Virginia.

The match, which is a benefit event for charity, is in its 13th year. One team comes from the lobbyist world, representing a spectrum of interests, this year mainly in the private sector. The other team is made up of lawmakers, congressional staffers, and members of the Biden Administration. Each team has 20 players.

Congressman Tom Emmer of Minnesota will be on the congressional team, as will Alaskan Truman Reed, former staffer to Congressman Don Young, and now an aide to Rep. Monica de la Cruz of Texas. Emmers played in college for the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Reed played NCAA hockey for Providence College.

A reception on Tuesday night will feature the Stanley Cup, a few players from the NHL, and Must Read Alaska has learned that Willie O’Ree (the Jackie Robinson of hockey), will be playing a role on game night. Will he drop the puck? The Congressional Hockey Challenge puck drops at 7 pm, March 1 at the Medstar Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Virginia.

The hockey match has raised over $1 million for charities since the tradition started in 2008. This year’s charity recipient is the Tampa Warriors, a group of disabled and wounded war veterans who play hockey.

Tickets can be purchased at this link.

The roster for the Lawmakers team, so far:

Hon. Mike QuigleyIL-05
Hon. Tom EmmerMN-06
Hon. Larry BucshonIN-08
Garett DonovanRep. Keating
Rob WagenerRep. Fitzgerald
Amber MooreSen. Durbin
Nick LunnenborgRep. Fischbach
Will BensurSen. Marshall
Will NeitzelCommittee on House Administration
Rob MacGregorCommittee on Natural Resources
Tim ReganClerk of the House
Joe GollingerRep. Harshbarger
Ian BennittCommittee on Armed Services
Joel BrubakerSen. Capito
Kevin RodgersRep. Malliotakis
Austin YagerRep. Vasquez
Truman ReedRep. de la Cruz

For the Lobbyists, the team includes:

Trevor HangerForbes Tate
Max FenkellJoby Aviation
Nick LewisUPS
Brian CohenCohen Strategic Alliances
Andrew MillsAudubon
Matt MikaTysons
Michelle MacGregorOrrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Justin WoormesterBNSF
Jon JukuriNCSL
George LoweAmerican Gas Association
Dan MartiniBank of America
Tory MazollaOrsted
Robert LandJet Blue
Chris GullotBridgestone
Matthew FlynnBradley
Ben MarterAPI
Andy EmersonCorvias
Matt SatterleyNACTA
Matt GehlmanMicrosoft
Rick MurphyForbes Tate
Jeff BurtonBurton Strategies
Air LiquideJoe Fawell
Patrick OttenhoffVISA


  1. Legislators spending time with their BFF’s doing anything except the people’s business.

    I’m willing to bet they are all drawing Per Diem as well and never mind the travel expenses to gel them all there from the Capital.

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