FBI defeats US Secret Service in charity hockey game
Despite an early delay, the FBI team rallied to win, 3-2.
“It was a good hard fought battle. It’s always back and forth between our two teams. We know they’re a fast team so we like to ride out the storm with them… We fought back, scored a few goals in the third and brought it to them and won,” said Kevin Weinstock, who skates for the FBI team despite recently leaving the agency.
While the on-ice action at the Medstar Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. provided plenty of excitement, two special four-legged visitors stole the show. FBI victim service dog Wally and retired Secret Service dog Hurricane both made appearances at the game. Hurricane participated in the face-off ceremony between US Secret Service Director James M. Murray and FBI Director Christopher Wray.
The hockey rivalry was put on hold last year, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The previously annual tradition dates back to the early 2000s, when then-FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, a former hockey player, used to skate with the team during warm-ups.
For players and fans, the game provides an opportunity to support their agencies outside of the grueling demands of a typical workday, Weinstock said.
“I think it gives employees a fun work-related social event, but that’s outside of it,” he said. “It’s something fun that you can feel like part of supporting your team.”