Posted on: March 11, 2011 4:14 pm

President Obama hosts champion Blackhawks

President Obama hosted last season’s Stanley Cup champs Friday, minus a few players who have been dealt or otherwise left the Chicago Blackhawks

Obama, however, noted another absence: Patrick Kane’s playoff mullet. 

“I thought it was sharp,” Obama quipped

Team president John McDonough handed Obama, the nation’s 44th president, a No. 44 Blackhawks jersey. USA TODAY reported that Obama took a moment to note his hometown’s struggles when it comes to championships, which really is down to the Chicago Cubs now that the ‘Hawks ended their 49-year drought. 
"Waiting builds character," Obama said. "We have a lot of character" in Chicago.

Posted on: March 10, 2011 2:56 pm
Edited on: March 10, 2011 6:50 pm

Kubina gets three-game ban for hit on Bolland

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina received a three-game suspension for an elbow to the head of Chicago Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland, the NHL announced Thursday. 

The collision occurred two minutes into Wednesday’s game and no penalty was assessed on the play. Bolland went to the locker room and did not return.

Kubina will forfeit $60,096.76 in salary and be eligible to return March 17 for a game against the Montreal Canadiens

UPDATE: Here's a statement from Kubina just released by the Lightning:

“I understand the decision rendered by the National Hockey League today and I will fully abide by the ruling. I had no intent to injure David (Bolland) and I hope he can return to the ice quickly. I didn’t realize he was injured on the play until being notified by the NHL that a hearing would take place to review the hit. 

“I have played nearly 900 games in the NHL and my history and record demonstrates that I am not the type of player that ever attempts to injure other players. I am sorry David was hurt on the play. 

“I look forward to rejoining my teammates in Montreal next Thursday as we continue our push for the playoffs, and I hope David returns to the ice soon to join the Blackhawks.”

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