NHL Player Meets Praises Overseas-deployed Troops
By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.
American Forces Press Service
STUTTGART, Germany, Dec. 19, 2012 – Matt Hendricks, a member of the National Hockey League who plays for the Washington Capitals, said he “met a lot of tremendous men and women” during this year’s USO holiday tour sponsored by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey.
Dempsey, accompanied by his senior enlisted advisor, Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, and their spouses brought along a crop of talent — including Hendricks — to entertain overseas-deployed troops.
Hendricks shared his thoughts about being invited to take part in this year’s USO holiday tour.
“I know some people that have come over here — Kellie [Pickler], Toby Keith –- some great people,” he said. “So I was honored to get the invite.”
The Blaine, Minn. native said his father, a former Marine, encouraged him to join the tour.
“I talked to my dad and he just told me, ‘Son, other than raising your kids, this will be the best thing you can do in life. Go over there and kind of boost morale of the troops. Show them that you appreciate them and everything that they’re doing for us back home,’” Hendricks said.
“I took what he said to heart,” the hockey player added.
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