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United States Secretary of State John Kerry to Participate in Caps Olympic Send-Off Event

ARLINGTON, Va. – 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. Media will not be allowed in the Capitals locker room but can obtain footage of the Secretary’s visit by contacting the Capitals media relations department.

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), Nick 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.