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Chicago Blackhawks to visit White House on Feb. 18

By Mario Tirabassi
Jun 18, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) holds the Stanley Cup up during the 2015 Stanley Cup championship rally at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 18, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) holds the Stanley Cup up during the 2015 Stanley Cup championship rally at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Chicago Blackhawks are headed to the White House, again. For the third time in the Presidency of Barack Obama, the Chicago Blackhawks will be honored at the White House for their most recent Stanley Cup Championship after beating the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games this past June.

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President Obama has hosted the Blackhawks before in November of 2013 after Chicago topped the Boston Bruins in six games, and in March of 2011 after the Blackhawks beat the Philadelphia Flyers in six games to capture the franchises first Stanley Cup since 1961. 

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In the previous visits to the White House, President Obama has made statements to the other Chicago area teams that he is “term limited,” and would have hoped that the Bears, Bulls, Cubs, or White Sox would make a visit as well. With his second and final term as Commander-In-Chief ending, President Obama, whose hometown is Chicago, will have the Blackhawks visit three times and no one local team make the trip.

Players like Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, and others will be making their third trip to the White House as Stanley Cup Champions, while Andrew Desjardins, Scott Darling, and retired defenseman Kimmo Timonen will be making their first trips as Champions.

There will probably be a few good moments focusing on Obama and Darling both being Chicago natives, the fact that the Blackhawks are making yet another trip to Washington D.C. while no other Chicago team has made a trip, and that the Blackhawks were finally able to win a Stanley Cup in the city of Chicago and how special that is for the city.

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The Blackhawks play on Wednesday, February 17 at Madison Square Garden in New York City against the New York Rangers. The trip to Washington D.C. will come after that Wednesday night game, which is on NBCSN, and will happen before the 2016 Outdoor Stadium Series match-up between the Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild on February 21 in Minnesota.

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The one thing we know for sure as fans is that it never gets old watching the Chicago Blackhawks lift Stanley Cups and to watch them make trips to the White House. So hopefully we are writing this kind of post again after what transpires this coming spring and summer during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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