Capitals Host Army-Navy Hockey Game

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Posted December 6, 2016

Photo via @Capitals on Twitter

This Saturday in Baltimore, the United States Military Academy (USMA) and United States Naval Academy (USNA) will meet in the 117th Army-Navy Football game. It’s an important annual tradition that embodies the spirit of the inter-service rivalry. Following last night’s OT winner over the Buffalo Sabres, the Capitals hosted their own version of the Army-Navy rivalry at Verizon Center, in the form of a pick-up hockey game.

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Featuring primarily active military players from the surrounding region, the two teams were constructed to include other branches of the service as well. The Army Team included players from the Army and Air Force, while the Navy Team included from the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. General Mark Milley, Chief of Staff of the Army, worked behind the Army bench, and visited the Caps press box (which was full of military media) before the exhibition. Milley grew up in Winchester, Massachusetts and played college hockey for the Princeton Tigers.

General Mark Milley visits the Capitals Press Box

While Navy had the upper-hand early, Army came back to win the game 5-3. We expect the Midshipman will get their revenge on the gridiron this coming Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium.

Here are a few additional (cell phone) photos we took of the action :

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