This weekend, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) joined a team of Chicago Blackhawks alumni and local celebrities to play an outdoor hockey game against the USA Warriors, a team comprised of injured and disabled Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.
"Despite the challenges they face, the USA Warriors hockey players have a love for hockey and a competitive spirit that remains strong," said Rep. Quigley. "The same qualities that made them successful in the military, their teamwork, perseverance and determination, make them inspiring competitors on the ice and I'm honored to be a part of this event."
The event was held on Saturday at Soldier Field in conjunction with the 2013 Hockey City Classic in Chicago. The USA Warriors Standing Team faced off against Rep. Quigley's team just after the USA Warriors Sled Team took on the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Blackhawks Sled Team.
"This weekend has truly demonstrated what an amazing city Chicago is," said USA Warriors Team Captain Mark Little. "The people here have warmed the USA Warrior's hearts, and we are honored to have played our favorite sport in Soldier Field. We really felt at home here. GO HAWKS!" Little, a retired Army Captain who grew up playing hockey, lost both legs in 2007 in Iraq when the Humvee he was riding in was rocked by an improvised explosive device (IED).