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Secretary of State and kiteboarding enthusiast John Kerry will help see the Caps’ Olympic athletes off to Sochi on February 6th. Despite initially voting against it, the former Presidential candidate and congressman has decided to do the ceremonial puck drop before the game. Kerry, a decorated veteran, is also a big hockey fan. He famously broke his nose playing hockey a few days before the champion Bruins (minus one) were received  at the White House in 2012.

From the Caps:

United States Secretary of State John Kerry will attend the Washington Capitals game on Thursday, Feb. 6, against the Winnipeg Jets to participate in an Olympic send-off event, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

As part of his visit, Secretary Kerry will participate in a ceremonial puck drop with Olympians from both teams prior to the game. Secretary Kerry will also address the Capitals in the locker room prior to the team’s pregame warmup.

On Feb. 1, 2013, John Kerry was sworn in as the 68th Secretary of State of the United States. Secretary Kerry joined the State Department after 28 years in the United States Senate, serving the last four as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Secretary Kerry, who is an avid hockey fan, became the first sitting Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman to become Secretary in over a century. Shortly before he graduated from Yale University, Secretary Kerry enlisted to serve in the United States Navy, and went on to serve two tours of duty. He served in combat as a Swift Boat skipper patrolling the rivers of the Mekong Delta, returning home from Vietnam with a Silver Star, a Bronze Star with Combat V, and three Purple Hearts. Secretary Kerry was the Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 2004.

The Capitals’ John Carlson (United States), Alex Ovechkin (Russia), Nicklas Backstrom (Sweden) and Martin Erat (Czech Republic) will represent their respective countries at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, while the Winnipeg Jets will send Blake Wheeler (United States), Michael Frolik (Czech Republic), Ondrej Pavelec (Czech Republic) and Olli Jokinen (Finland) to Sochi.

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Kerry + RMNB = BFFs (Photo: Chris Gordon)

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  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    #rmnbpolitics

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland

    I still think this is our best politics article (beyond Barack The Red). http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/2012/04/12/why-tim-thomas-skipped-the-white-house/

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland

    Not sure why so many people got mad though.

  • Brouwer Rangers

    We get flip-flopper jokes.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    I like how making fun of how bad Kerry’s campaign was is now a bipartisan thing.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    because benghazi

  • Brouwer Rangers

    Kinda crazy that 10 years later he’s still waging the Swift Boat messaging fight in his boilerplate bio.

  • Owen Johnson

    So I’m going to the game with my brother tonight. Thursday I’m going to the game and my brothers doppelganger will be there. Weird.

  • http://twitter.com/1bscarbro Benjamin Scarbro

    So I hate to get picky here… but this cannot stand…

    “(Photo: Chris Gordon)”

    Mr. Gordon did not take a selfie here (But should have!).
    Unless it was on a timer… then I am wrong.

  • Chris Cerullo

    because America

  • factoryofsadness

    …and yet his diplomacy is somehow STILL more effective than Erskine/Carrick as a pairing.

  • Tyler

    Literally LOL’d. Funny!

  • rotational

    I wish I could find what position he played. I so want to make a “vast right-wing conspiracy” joke.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Tons of time until November 2016.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    http://congressionalhockeychallenge.com/Lawmakers.htm

    U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) – 01 – Forward / Right Wing
    Height: 6’4″
    Hometown: Boston, MA
    College: Yale University
    Employer: Consituents of the State of Massachusetts
    Favorite NHL Team: Boston Bruins
    Favorite Band from the 70′s or 80′s: Rolling Stones
    What was your first job: Campaign Volunteer for Ted Kennedy

  • rotational

    Google failed me :(

    At least the joke works :)