Editor’s note: At the end of this season, Michael “Mouse” McNealy will retire after a glorious 36-year career as Capitals bench security. Katie McNealy, Mouse’s daughter, writes a tribute to her dad.
If the McNealy household had an official sport, it would be hockey. Growing up as Mike’s daughter, it was almost mandatory that I, along with my sister Emma and brother Brendan, become die-hard Caps fans like our dad. He began working for CSC (Contemporary Services Corporation) in 1976 because his brother Brian and his friends liked working the concert scene and they convinced him to join.
Over the years, Mike worked as security for concerts, football games, and 36 years ago he began working at Capitals games. As his three kids got older, he made the decision to strictly work Caps games because he was coming home with bruises and awful stories about the concert scene, including the fights he had to break up. He also wanted to continue working for the Caps because he felt a love for the team. If I am speaking on behalf of our family — even though we haven’t met most of the players — the team began to feel like family to us as well.