Rep. Mike Quigley - the Blackhawks’ man in Washington

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U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley has the Stanley Cup form – but needs to work on the beard. | Sun-Times files

Rep. Mike Quigley has had quite the couple of weeks.

No, it was not from being named the most YOLO member of Congress. Quigley, a Democrat in the 5th district, is a hockey nut – specifically a Blackhawks nut. And with the overtime-filled, dramatic run his team has been making in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Quigley’s hockey profile has only increased in D.C.

The New York Times profiled the man who would replace Rahm and highlighted Quigley’s rabid loyalty to the Blackhawks – and the payoff in 2010 when, for a moment, he got to hoist Lord Stanley’s cup himself after making his way to the locker room following the 2010 Game 5 win:

Honest to goodness, Brian Campbell, he was holding the Cup and there was no one around for a minute, Quigley said of the defenseman. He says, ‘Hold this for a second.’ So he hands it to me — one of the best moments of my life.

Quigley’s Twitter feed the last few weeks has been a mix of policy statements and hockey talk. And he’s making time Saturday afternoon to do a little pre-game discussion:

No word yet on whether he’ll be sweating the game out at the United Center or pacing alone in his playoff panic room.

Quigley’s love of hockey goes far beyond just rooting for the Blackhawks. While he still plays the game, he also is something of a hockey profit in Washington, using it to benefit veterans and other pet projects.

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