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President Obama honors Chicago Blackhawks at White House

The Chicago Blackhawks capped off their 2013 Stanley Cup Championship celebration with a visit to the White House on Monday when the team was honored by President Barack Obama.

“Since I took office we’ve hosted a lot of championship teams, from Boston, New York, Pittsburgh and Miami, but since I’ve been president only one team has brought a world championship to my hometown of Chicago and now the Blackhawks have done it twice,” Obama said.

Prior to the public ceremony, the team met with Obama in the East Room of the White House. For several players it was their second time meeting the president, as they did in 2011 to celebrate the Hawks’ 2010 Stanley Cup.

Brandon Bollig, Patrick Kane, Nick Leddy, Jeremy Morin (not a 2013 Cup winner), Brandon Saad, and Ben Smith are the lone U.S. born players on the Hawks’ roster.

Obama congratulated the Hawks and cited his staff originally planned to have goaltender Corey Crawford speak at the ceremony but decided to keep the event family friendly, referring to the net-minder’s off-color speech at the team’s Grant Park celebration.

The Hawks chairman Rocky Wirtz then presented Obama with a white Hawks sweater with “13” and his last name as a sign of appreciation.

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