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President Obama shows hometown pride while honoring Kings

by Emerald Gao / Chicago Blackhawks

It's nice to know the President has your back.

The Los Angeles Kings and Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) visited the White House Tuesday, where President Barack Obama honored both teams for their respective championship runs in 2012. The Kings, in fact, had arrived fresh from a 5-4 win in Chicago the previous night, handing the Blackhawks just their fourth regulation loss of the season.

President Obama, who welcomed the victorious Blackhawks at the White House during his first term in 2011, was quick to defend his hometown team:

"These guys pointed out that they beat my Blackhawks last night. I will also say that, given this season how rare it is to beat the Blackhawks, I want to congratulate them for that as well."

The President also pointed out that Darryl Sutter, who took over as Kings head coach midseason before guiding the franchise to their first-ever Stanley Cup championship, "got good training from the Chicago Blackhawks." Sutter played his entire eight-year career with Chicago, where he amassed 279 points (161G, 118A) in 406 appearances.

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