WASHINGTON, DC -- Somewhat lost in the shuffle of two back-to-back Eastern Conference matchups, a fight-filled victory in Philadelphia and the three game suspension of B's defenseman Andrew Ference was some of the hype first associated with the Bruins visit to the White House.
But after the club's stirring 6-5 shootout win over the Flyers, Boston's Stanley Cup Champions quickly boarded buses to catch a charted train for a rail ride down to our Nation's Capital.
Even in the wake of one of the Bruins most emotional games of the season, and before the Black & Gold left Pennsylvania, Head Coach Claude Julien spoke enthusiastically about the B's trip to Washington, DC.
"I think it’s an honor to be a guest of President Obama," said Julien, a Canadian, when asked if he was excited about the visit. "He’s greeting us there as Stanley cup champions and I think it’s a great opportunity.
"I’m looking forward to it," he added.
On Monday, January 23rd, President Barack Obama will welcome the six-time Stanley Cup champs to the White House to honor the team and their 2011 Stanley Cup victory.
In addition to the full roster, coaching staff, management and ownership, three other members of last year’s Cup winning team, Mark Recchi, Shane Hnidy, and Tomas Kaberle, are expected to join their former teammates for the trip to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Julien said he was happy to finally meed the president in person.
"I spoke to him in June after we won and I have a chance to speak to him again," said Julien, who joked, "We might become good buddies."
After the visit with the President, the Bruins will also visit the Boys and Girls Club of Washington, DC. There, the team will play street hockey and video games with the children.
Look for complete coverage all day on Monday via @NHLBruins, NHLBruins.tumblr.com, bostonbruinsTV.com and, of course, right here at BostonBruins.com.