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Secretary Kerry to Participate in Olympic Send-off and Ceremonial Puck Drop

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 4, 2014


Secretary of State John Kerry will participate in an Olympic send-off event and ceremonial puck drop at the Washington Capitals vs. Winnipeg Jets hockey game on Thursday, February 6, 2014, at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

 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. 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.

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).

Follow Secretary Kerry at the game via @StateDept and @JohnKerry on Twitter, and @StateDept on Instagram. Follow the official Olympic hashtags #TeamUSA and #Sochi2014 on Twitter for more Olympic coverage. Go to the Department of State’s Flickr account for the latest photos.

The Honorable Michael A. McFaul, U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, will be part of the U.S. delegation to the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Games. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns will lead the U.S. delegation to the Closing Ceremony.

For further information, please contact the Department of State Office of Press Relations at (202) 647-2492, or Washington Capitals Communications Coordinator Megan Eichenberg at:

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