Chicago Stars to Play Hockey at the White House

March 11, 2011

The President has a busy day today. I guess every day is busy for the leader of our country, but today should include some fun too, since he gets to spend time with some Chicago heroes.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle will welcome their hometown, Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks to the White House today.

Blackhawks on ice with Stanley Cup

The Stanley-Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks will be honored at the White House today.

The Blackhawks will bring the Stanley Cup with them to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and will be honored at a reception.

After the ceremony, Michelle Obama will host a street hockey game and clinic on a rink set up on the South Lawn for local children.

The clinic, which will be conducted by members of the Blackhawks and the Washington Capitals, is part of a collaboration between the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, the NHL and USA Hockey to encourage American children to lead active and healthy lives.

Joining Michelle will be National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman, USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean, Illinois Representative Mike Quigley and others.

“Hockey is so much more than just a game,” said Mrs. Obama. “It gets your heart pumping and develops lean muscle mass…Let’s Move! Let’s shoot and score!”

The Blackhawks trip started Thursday when they visited troops and their families at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

For President Obama, before he meets with the Chicago Blackhawks, he’ll get to field questions about rising energy costs and the West Coast tsunami. That doesn’t sound like as much fun.

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