Patrick Meehan Faces Off on Hockey, Winter Classic

Meehan, right, is a stalwart on Team Lawmakers for the annual Congressional Hockey Challenge. Here he battles for the puck with Team Lobbyists defenseman Sean O'Neill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As the hockey world prepares for this year's outdoor Winter Classic on New Year's Day, HOH called up Rep. Patrick Meehan, a former professional hockey referee, and talked with the Pennsylvania Republican about life on the ice.  

Q: Who is your pick to win the Winter Classic? A: Well, I’m a closet Boston Bruins fan from my time at Bowdoin College. So if the Flyers are not in the championship, I want it to be the Bruins. So I’m hoping that the Bruins would win this game.  

Take Five: Rep. John Katko

Katko, skating with the puck, keeps in rink shape. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.  

This week, Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., talks about playing in the beer leagues and his love of "Dumb & Dumber."  

Lawmakers Show Off Blades of Glory

From left, Katko, Brown, Emmer, Meehan and Paulsen helped put the Lawmakers over the top. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

BALLSTON, Va. — Canadians and Minnesotans are some of the nicest people you can meet — unless they have a hockey stick in their hands.  

The evidence was apparent at Wednesday night’s 7th Annual Congressional Hockey Challenge. The Lawmakers and Lobbyists  came into the contest tied with three challenge wins each. The Lawmakers took back the title Wednesday here at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex, winning 3-2. It was in no small part thanks to the Northerners, newbies, and a little Led Zeppelin. The game opened with an operatic rendition of “O Canada” by Speaker John A. Boehner’s Chief of Staff  Mike Sommers. As memorable as his performance was, it was overshadowed by the talented, young Zach McEvoy’s “Star Spangled Banner.”