The Blackhawks players, coaches and front office staffers and their families enjoyed a private tour of the White House during the one o'clock hour. The team then took a private meeting with President Obama at 2. Heady stuff for all of the team, but especially American-born players Patrick Kane and 19-year-old Nick Leddy.
The President's remarks will be coming up soon outside on the South Lawn, and the White House buzz is this championship ceremony is particularly special with any number of Chicagoans working for the Administration.
You forget how good [Nieuwendyk] was. You hear the points and stuff and you almost forget until they kind of walk you through his career, and that was really cool for me. I might have felt it a little more than some of the other guys because he was one of my favorites growing up, but that was very cool and I'm honored to have been a part of it. I had chills the entire ceremony.
— Calgary's Joe Colborne on the "Forever a Flame" ceremony for Joe Nieuwendyk