WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama urged other Chicago sports teams to win championships as he commended the Blackhawks on Monday for their second Stanley Cup victory.
“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,” Obama said at a White House ceremony.
Obama spoke about the city of Chicago as well as the determination of the team in the 2013 season. He commended a few players,including Patrick Kane,the playoff MVP,and Andrew Shaw,who was hit in the face by a puck in game six. Obama noted that Shaw raised $20,000 for charity by auctioning off his stitches.
“These are not just good hockey players,they’re good guys,” Obama said.
The Blackhawks are the only hockey team during Obama’s two terms that has come to the White House twice for championship victories. Their other appearance at the White House was in 2010 after they beat the Philadelphia Flyers.
The 2013 Stanley Cup series was between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks,when the Blackhawks took the series four games to two over the Bruins.
This was the fifth Stanley Cup in Blackhawks’ team history.
Obama also spoke on the phone with Red Sox manager John Farrell Monday to congratulate him on the team’s eighth world championship victory. The team will be invited to visit the White House.
Several Illinois politicians attended the East Room ceremony,including Gov. Pat Quinn,Sen. Dick Durban and House Hockey Caucus co-chair Mike Quigley,all Democrats. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker,a Chicagoan,also attended.
The Blackhawks visited the Walter Reed Army Medical Center to thank wounded soldiers for their service.
The team gave Obama received an honorary jersey,a white jersey to accompany the red one he received last time from the team.
This year,the Blackhawks are 9-2-4 on the season after falling to the Calgary Flames before flying to Washington on Sunday evening.
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