NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean will join members of Congress in a Congressional Hockey Caucus Briefing on Capitol Hill on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
The briefing will focus on the state of hockey in the U.S., including instructional hockey and safety in youth sports. Congressional Hockey Caucus co-chairs Reps. Lee Terry (R-Neb.), Pat Meehan (R-Pa.) and Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) as well as Reps. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) and Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.) will host the briefing and conduct a panel discussion with Bettman, Ogrean, Leonsis and Thurgood Marshall College Fund Chief Financial Officer Velma Hart. NBC News reporter Luke Russert will moderate the panel.
The panel will examine USA Hockey’s American Developmental Model (ADM), an instructional format that provides age-appropriate guidelines and curriculum to hockey associations across America to help more kids play, love and excel in hockey.
The recipients of the inaugural NHL/Thurgood Marshall College Fund scholarships will be announced at the briefing. Two college-bound students from the NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone™ (HIFE) official youth development program will receive four-year academic scholarships to attend any U.S. college or university.
Under the direction of Bettman, who serves on its board of directors, the NHL/Thurgood Marshall College Fund scholarship was developed in 2012 from monies raised from the annual Congressional Hockey Challenge, the charity hockey game pitting members of Congress and staff against registered lobbyists. This year’s game will be played on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at Verizon Center.