It's common practice for Congress to congratulate sports teams for winning championships — perhaps because that's something on which Democrats and Republicans can finally agree.
So we'll allow Congress to present the sports moment judged the greatest in Denver history, a 1-0 victory against Maine in the NCAA men's hockey championship on April 10, 2004.
Denver's first title since 1969 helped re-establish the Pioneers as an elite program. They repeated as national champions in 2005, their seventh title overall, and returned to the Frozen Four this year.
H. Con. Res. 408 — a resolution congratulating the Pioneers in the House of Representatives with the Senate concurring on May 4, 2004 — tells the story.
H. Con. Res. 408
Whereas on Saturday, April 10, 2004, the University of Denver men's hockey team won its 6th national hockey championship, their first such win since 1969;
Whereas the team was led by goaltender Adam Berkhoel, who finished the game with a shutout, only the 3rd shutout in hockey national championship game history; the first occurring in 1968 when the University of Denver beat North Dakota by a score of 4-0;
Whereas Adam Berkhoel made 24 saves in the 2004 championship game and was named Most Outstanding Player of the Frozen Four;
Whereas Gabe Gauthier scored the 2004 championship game's only goal in the first period, assisted by Connor James;
Whereas the Pioneers kept the Black Bears scoreless despite a 3-man advantage for Maine with 2 minutes to go in the 3rd period;
Whereas the roster of the Pioneers' 2004 team also included Max Bull, Ryan Caldwell, Matt Carle, J.D. Corbin, Lukas Dora, Jeff Drummond, Glenn Fisher, Jon Foster, Luke Fulghum, Jussi Halme, Michael Handza, Ryan Helgason, Jon James, Greg Keith, Danny King, Matt Laatsch, Nick Larson, Scott McConnell, Brock McMorris, Ted O'Leary, Jeff Rogers, Brett Skinner, Kevin Ulanski, and Adrian Veideman;
Whereas Head Coach George Gwozdecky and his coaching staff, including Assistant Coach Steve Miller, Assistant Coach Seth Appert, Director of Hockey Operations David Tenzer, and Volunteer Assistant Coach Chris LaPerle, deserve much credit for the outstanding determination and accomplishments of their team; and
Whereas the students, alumni, faculty, and supporters of the University of Denver Pioneers are to be congratulated for their commitment and pride in their 2004 national champion men's hockey team: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That Congress—
(1) congratulates the University of Denver men's hockey team for winning the 2004 NCAA men's hockey national championship;
(2) recognizes the achievements of all the team's players, coaches, and support staff and invites them to the United States Capitol Building to be honored;
(3) requests that the President recognize the achievements of the University of Denver men's hockey team and invite the team members to the White House for an appropriate ceremony honoring a national championship team; and
(4) directs the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make available to the University of Denver enrolled copies of this resolution for appropriate display and to transmit an enrolled copy of this resolution to each coach and member of the 2004 NCAA men's hockey national championship team.
The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Georgia (Rep. John Isakson-R):
Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today in support of H. Con. Res. 408, which congratulates the University of Denver's men's hockey team for winning the 2004 NCAA men's hockey national championship.
On Saturday, April 10, 2004, the University of Denver men's hockey team won its sixth national hockey championship by defeating the University of Maine 1 to nothing. The University of Denver had previously won five national titles in a 12-year span between 1950 and 1962, but this year's championship was their first since that time.
It was an exciting game, with the Denver Pioneers keeping the Maine Black Bears scoreless, despite a three-man advantage for Maine with 2 minutes to go in the third period of the match.
The game was just the third shutout in NCAA hockey championship history, and the announced crowd of 18,597 was the largest to watch a hockey game in the Fleet Center, which is the home of the NHL's Boston Bruins.
Adam Berkhoel, Denver's goalie, made 24 saves in the 2004 championship game and was named the Most Outstanding Player in the Frozen Four, which is the finals for the NCAA hockey matches.
The resolution before the House today congratulates the University of Denver men's hockey team, its players and coaches, for winning the 2004 NCAA men's hockey national championships, and recognizes the achievement of all the team's players, coaches, and staff.
Indeed, Denver University, the citizens of Denver and Colorado and all the students of the university are to be congratulated for their commitment and the great pride they take in this great accomplishment by winning the NCAA hockey championships.
The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Ohio (Rep. Timothy Ryan-D):
Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H. Con. Res. 408, a resolution congratulating the University of Denver for winning the NCAA hockey national championship. Just last month, the Pioneers captured the national championship after a hard fought Frozen Four. This championship culminated in an impressive season. College fans, student athletes, and the general public were treated to an exciting final game.
I want to extend my hearty congratulations to Head Coach George Gwozdecky. Also to be congratulated are a number of players, Adam Berkhoel, who made 24 saves. I also want to extend my congratulations to North Dakota, who, despite their loss, showed the quality of their school and their athletic talent through great sportsmanship.
Winning this championship has brought national acclaim to the University of Denver. I hope the Pioneers' fans and the university community treasure this moment for many years to come.
The question is on the motion offered by the gentleman from Georgia (Mr. Isakson) that the House suspend the rules and agree to the concurrent resolution, H. Con. Res. 408.
The question was taken; and (two-thirds having voted in favor thereof) the rules were suspended and the concurrent resolution was agreed to.
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Above: Denver goalie Adam Berhkoel high-fives after shutting out Maine, 1-0, to win the NCAA men's hockey championship game on April 10, 2004, at FleetCenter in Boston. He made the two biggest of his 24 saves when Maine had a 6-on-3 advantage. (Photo By Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
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