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:
President Obama #44 @whitehouse #LAKingsWH http://t.co/Y2U3eGdR3T3/26/2013, 6:11:58 PM
Sean Leahy of Puck Daddy also snapped a shot of the Commander in Chief with his commemorative sweater:
Sean Leahy @Sean_Leahy
Obama's No. 44 Kings jersey - http://t.co/1ByMtkA0X73/26/2013, 6:06:30 PM
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):
The Mayor John Hoven @mayorNHL
President Obama said #LAKings coach Sutter 'received good training from the Blackhawks'3/26/2013, 6:04:01 PM
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:
Dustin Penner @Dustinpenner25
After careful consideration I've decided not to visit the White House today for political reasons LOL JK I'm not an idiot!Free trip? I'm in!3/26/2013, 3:40:12 PM
The Kings' captain, winger Dustin Brown, also got into the action on Twitter, though he was a bit more understated than Penner:
dustin brown @DustinBrown23
1600 Penn. @whitehouse. Should be a fun day. #barry3/26/2013, 3:28:43 PM
Finally, center Anze Kopitar put the entire experience in perspective:
Anze Kopitar @AnzeKopitar
Meeting the most powerful man in the world today... #heartbeatisabithigher3/26/2013, 2:28:30 PM
My heart would be beating fast too, Anze—even Kings are impressed by Presidents.