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Reigning NHL Champion LA Kings Visit President Obama at the White House

Susan Walsh/AP Photo
Susan Walsh/AP Photo
Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMarch 26, 2013

A pair of Los Angeles champions invaded Washington D.C. on Tuesday, as the Stanley Cup-winning Kings and the MLS Cup-winning Galaxy visited President Barack Obama at the White House. 

The Kings presented the President with his very own No. 44 Kings uniform. The Kings' official Twitter account tweeted out a picture of Obama with his new jersey:

Sean Leahy of Puck Daddy also snapped a shot of the Commander in Chief with his commemorative sweater:

The President—a well-known fan of Chicago sports—even managed to mention the Chicago Blackhawks in the ceremony, joking with head coach Darryl Sutter about his time as a player for the team (via PHWA member John Hoven):

Perhaps the two will have a later conversation about the Keystone XL pipeline. Wouldn't that be fun?

 The Kings pulled off one of the most surprising runs to the Stanley Cup in years, overcoming a No. 8 seed in the Western Conference to become the champions of the NHL. It was the first championship in the organization's 45-year history, and an absolutely dominant run to the Cup.

Goalie Jonathan Quick was the hero, finishing the playoffs 16-4 with a save percentage of .946 to win the Conn Smythe Trophy. He was enjoying his day at the White House, tweeting out pictures of the experience:

Meanwhile, winger Dustin Penner took a moment to playfully rib ex-Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, who famously refused to go to the White House for political reasons not but a year ago:

The Kings' captain, winger Dustin Brown, also got into the action on Twitter, though he was a bit more understated than Penner:

Finally, center Anze Kopitar put the entire experience in perspective:

My heart would be beating fast too, Anze—even Kings are impressed by Presidents.

 

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