Lobbyists Get the 'W' in Congressional Hockey Challenge

Team Lawmakers celebrate a goal during the 8th annual Congressional Hockey Challenge in Arlington, Va., but it wasn't enough as they fell, 9-7, to Team Lobbyists. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

In a very high scoring game, the Lobbyists beat the Lawmakers 9-7 on Wednesday night in the traditional Congressional Hockey Challenge .  

Hosted at the Kettler Capitals IcePlex, the practice facility for the NHL's Washington Capitals in Arlington, Va., five members of Congress played for the Lawmakers. They were: Reps. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., Tom Emmer, R-Minn., Patrick Meehan , R-Pa., Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., and John Katko, R-N.Y. Each member had at least a point, meaning either a goal or an assist. In a back-and-forth game over all three periods, the Lawmakers tied it 7-7 with with about four minutes left. Andrew Mills of the Niskanen Center scored the game-winning goal for the Lobbyists with 90 seconds left. Then the lawmakers pulled their goalie in an attempt to come back and the Lobbyists got another goal on an empty net.  

Congressional Hockey Challenge is Back!

From left, Katko, Canadian MP Gord Brown, Tom Emmer, Meehan and Paulsen hold the championship cup after the Lawmakers defeated the Lobbyists 3-2 in last year's Congressional Hockey Challenge. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The traditional Congressional Hockey Challenge is here, the annual Lawmakers versus Lobbyists competition to raise money for featured charities.  

Face off is Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Kettler Capitals IcePlex in Arlington, Va. The game will raise money for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund; the Fort DuPont Ice Hockey Club, an NHL-sponsored non-profit that encourages local, inner-city youth to participate in ice hockey, and USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program, which supports wounded service men and women. The Lawmakers team will be represented by Reps. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., Tom Emmer, R-Minn., Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., and John Katko, R-N.Y., who will be joined by lawmakers from Canada, members of the USA Warriors Hockey team and Capitol Hill staffers.  

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Bill Nelson Cranks Out 46 Pushups (Video)

Nelson does 46 pushups after losing a bet with Durbin. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Bill Nelson, who has a history of issuing friendly wagers on Florida sports, found himself on the losing end Wednesday.

Nelson, 72, and Sen. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois wagered food and beer on the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning — but in addition to betting food, the losing senator was required to do pushups equaling the number of goals scored throughout the series.