The Chicago Blackhawks will visit the White House for a celebration of their 2014-15 Stanley Cup championship with President Barack Obama on Thursday.
The Blackhawks also went to the White House after winning the Stanley Cup in 2010 and 2013.
"It's always special," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. "It's another one of those things that still brings you back to last year. You can enjoy it while you're there. It's pretty cool. ... We've been able to go there three times in the last handful of years. It'll be special again to see him and to be in that atmosphere and to kind of re-celebrate our win again a little bit."
Toews is one of six Blackhawks to play on the three Cup championship teams, along with forwards Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa, and defensemen Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson.
Goaltender Scott Darling, who grew up in the Chicago suburb of Lemont, Ill., said he's looking forward to his first White House trip and a chance to meet President Obama.
"I'm super-excited about that," he said. "I'm an Illinois guy. ... To meet Barack Obama, meet the president ... I'm a proud American. So I'm really excited about it."
After the Blackhawks defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games to win the Cup last June, President Obama's official Twitter account wrote: "Congrats to my hometown @NHLBlackhawks on 3 titles in 6 years - we'll see you and The Cup at the White House!"