After the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Calgary Flames on Sunday, they will hop on a plane to head for the nation’s capital. No, they will not be travelling there to take on the Washington Capitals (that game takes place on April 11th, the Hawks second-to-last game of the regular season), but instead, they will travel to the White House to participate in a ceremony with President Barack Obama.
The team will also visit the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to visit veterans, wounded warriors, and families during their visit to Washington, according to a press release from the White House.
The visit will mark the Hawks’ second such trip to the White House during Obama’s administration, as the team also went there in March 2011 after winning the 2010 Stanley Cup championship. This time though, the President won’t be able to make wisecracks about how much a movie cost the last time they won a title, as he did in 2010 when the Hawks brought home their first championship since 1961.
Perhaps this time the team can actually convince Obama to attend a game when he makes a trip back to the Windy City, something he has not done during his administration.