Posted on: March 3, 2011 1:20 pm
Edited on: March 3, 2011 2:10 pm
President Obama will honor the hockey team from his old stomping grounds, the reigning Stanley Cup champ Chicago Blackhawks, at a White House ceremony March 11, the league announced on Thursday.
Members of the this year’s club -- including captain Jonathan Toews (above) -- will be in attendance along with team owner Rocky Wirtz, GM Stan Bowman and coach Joel Quenneville. That leaves a good portion of the 2009-10 club responsible for the team’s title run -- Dustin Byfuglien (Atlanta), Antti Niemi (San Jose), Kris Versteeg (Philadelphia) and Andrew Ladd (Atlanta) -- possibly out of the fold. Chicago Trbune reporter Chris Kuc reports all members from last year's team are invited, but it will be up to their current teams whether they'd be cleared to attend.
As part of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let’s Move! campaign, members of the Blackhawk and the Washington Capitals will help conduct a clinic on a street hockey rink set up on the South Lawn. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean are schedule to preside over that part of the festivities.
The Blackhawks will be in town to play the Caps on March 13, a game that will be broadcast on NBC 12:30 pm ET.
Photo: Gettty Images