WASHINGTON - The 2013 Stanley Cup hockey champions Chicago Blackhawks were honored at the White House Monday afternoon. No reports yet as to whether President Obama encouraged the team to push for a less offensive name change.
UPDATE from The Hill: Several fellow Illinoisans were in the audience to cheer their team: Gov. Pat Quinn (D), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), House Hockey Caucus co-chairman Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.
The team presented the president with a jersey and Coach Joel Quenneville joked of his players: "They are gifted athletes who not only win championships, but go a long way in breaking gridlock if you allow them into Congress."
Obama laughed and said: "That’s true. I should try a hockey stick during the shutdown — see how that worked."