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Obama honours hometown Blackhawks at White House for Stanley Cup victory

Monday, 11.04.2013 / 4:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Obama honours hometown Blackhawks at White House for Stanley Cup victory

WASHINGTON - A beaming U.S. President Barack Obama saluted the Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks at the White House on Monday — a rare moment for a president hungry to see more victorious teams from his hometown.

The Blackhawks have been the only Chicago team to win championships during Obama's presidency. They also won in 2010.

Speaking of other Chicago teams, the president said: "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."

Obama praised the Blackhawks not only for their skills on the ice but for their contributions to the community. Blackhawk players and staff visited troops and their families at Walter Reed Army Medical Center earlier in the day.

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When we started our journey we made a commitment to our fans to be relevant and to see the Chicago Blackhawks become the best professional hockey organization. There are not two finer symbols of that than Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. The commitment we have made to these incredible young men is equal to the commitment they have made to our team, our fans, our entire organization and the city of Chicago.

— Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz on signing Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to contract extensions