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Bridget Johnson


February 4, 2014 - 11:48 am

Secretary of State John Kerry will send off the U.S. Olympic team with a ceremonial puck drop at the Washington Capitals vs. Winnipeg Jets hockey game on Thursday in Washington.

“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 warm-up,” the State Department said today.

Kerry is known for his verbose, lengthy addresses.

However, media will not be allowed in the Capitals locker room to witness Coach Kerry’s pep talk. Press will only be able to obtain footage through the Capitals’ HQ.

The Washington 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).

Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will lead the U.S. delegation in Friday’s opening ceremonies. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns will lead the delegation to the closing ceremony.

Kerry sported a couple of black eyes and a broken nose around Washington in January 2012 from getting roughed up during an amateur hockey game. Actually, he didn’t take a stick or a puck, but fell down.


Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Wow, Heinz-Kerry giving a pep talk, that will be so so inspiring. When the Capitals come out of the locker room with their eyes glazed over, we will know why.
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