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Cup perks continue: Hawks to visit White House

by Dan Rosen
CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane says his overtime, Stanley Cup-winning goal hasn't changed him, except for the fact that two days later he got a call from the President of the United States and next Friday he'll be shaking hands with Barack Obama himself as the Blackhawks visit the White House.

Oh sure, he's just like everybody else.

"I'll probably bring my flip cam, take it all in and get some good memories," Kane said Friday before the Blackhawks took on the Carolina Hurricanes at United Center.

The Blackhawks will meet with the President and First Lady Michelle Obama for a ceremony honoring their 2010 championship at 3 p.m. ET next Friday. Following the ceremony the First Lady will join NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean, the Blackhawks and the Washington Capitals for a street hockey workout and clinic on the South Lawn of the White House.

The clinic is for local youngsters and is part of Mrs. Obama's Let's Move! initiative.

"It'll be a fun experience for all of us, a great day with family and friends there as well," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "It should be special."

Quenneville said he wasn't able to make it to the White House when then President Bill Clinton honored the Colorado Avalanche for their 1996 championship. Quenneville, who was an assistant coach on that Avs' team under Bob Hartley, was the head coach of the St. Louis Blues when the Avalanche visited the White House.

"I've been there once, but not in this setting," Quenneville said. "I was touring."

Kane and President Obama might be able to rehash the phone call they had the day of the Hawks' Stanley Cup parade. If the President doesn't remember the details, Kane will fill him in because he remembers nearly every word from the two-minute call.

"We were doing our team photo with the Cup in the middle and we had to interrupt it so I could talk to the President for two minutes. I'll always remember that," Kane said. "They had to go through a 10-minute security thing with the call and then I finally got on the phone and he talked to me about the goal, winning the Cup, how happy the city of Chicago was. We talked about my hometown (Buffalo) a little bit and then maybe one day playing basketball against each other because I know we both like to play. It was a pretty cool call."

And next Friday should be a pretty cool day.

"I think he was pretty excited about our team last year," Quenneville said. "There's a lot of support there."

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