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Congressmen Building Common Ground Through Stanley Cup Wager

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Location: Washington, DC

In the spirit of bipartisan camaraderie, U.S. Congressmen Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and David N. Cicilline (D-RI) announced a friendly wager on the outcome of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins. Geared towards establishing stronger relationships and working across the aisle, Kinzinger and Cicilline will bring together their legislative staffs for a luncheon to be hosted by the losing team's Representative, featuring signature foods from their home territory.

"Following Patrick Kane's hat trick to put away the defending champs, the Hawks are playing their best hockey of the season," said Kinzinger. "It's going to be a good fight, but with Crawford in the net and Coach Q calling the shots, I like our chances of seeing the Stanley Cup roll down Michigan Avenue again this year."

"Fresh off a sweep of Pittsburgh and with Tuukka Rask at the top of his game between the pipes, the Bruins are ready to fight for the Cup with all the grit, determination and perseverance for which New England is known," said Cicilline. "Like all Bruins fans throughout Rhode Island, I look forward to welcoming the Stanley Cup back home in Boston."

Tonight, the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins will begin a best-of-seven games series for the 2012-2013 Stanley Cup Championship. This is the first finals since 1979 that will pair two teams from the Original Six that comprised the NHL from 1942 through 1967. The Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup championship four times during their history, most recently in 2010, while the Bruins have won six titles, their last coming in 2011.

Kinzinger and Cicilline are members of the bipartisan organization No Labels that works to break through gridlock in Washington and promote bipartisan cooperation. The two representatives, both of whom were first elected to Congress in 2010, recently took part in a bipartisan Google Hangout to discuss their work to promote bipartisanship.

If the Blackhawks win, Cicilline plans to serve New England clam chowder, Portuguese chouriço and peppers, and Rhode Island's famous Del's Frozen Lemonade at the duo's staff luncheon. If the Bruins win, Kinzinger plans to serve Chicago-style deep dish pizza and hot dogs, and Garrett's Popcorn, Chicago mix.

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