President Obama Welcomes Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks
November 04, 2013
05:40 PM EDT
Today in the East Room, President Obama welcomed the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks to the White House -- the second time he's honored the team for their Stanley Cup win.
“Now, since I took office, we’ve hosted a lot of championship teams -- from Boston and New York; Pittsburgh and Miami,” the President said. “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.”
Getting the team back to the White House required a tough fight - and a couple of overtime games - against the Boston Bruins. In game 6 of the finals, the Blackhawks were down 2-1 with 76 seconds left in the third period. The team scored two goals in just 17 seconds to win the series. Like many Blackhawks fans, the President felt the pressure during the finals. “I will say some of the games were just stressful, though. I was getting a little tense.”
President Obama also made an appeal to the rest of Chicago’s teams.
To the Bulls, Bears, Cubs, White Sox -- I am term-limited, so you guys have got to get moving. I need to see you here soon. Championships belong in Chicago. So, to the Blackhawks, thank you for bringing it back home. Thanks for bringing the Stanley Cup.
While in Washington, the team visited the Walter Reed Military Medical Center to help raise the spirits of wounded warriors.