Blackhawks To The White House

photo/ CD Brown
The 2009-10 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks will be welcomed this Friday to the White House by President and First Lady Obama in honor of the team’s championship season.

Also on hand will be Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green who will join First Lady Michelle Obama, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp and other members of the Blackhawks for a street hockey clinic on Friday, March 11.

The clinic, which will be run by members of the Blackhawks and Capitals, is part of a new collaboration between the First Lady's "Let's Move!" initiative, the NHL and USA Hockey to encourage U.S. children to lead active and healthy lifestyles.

Green and Blackhawks All-Star forward Patrick Sharp, along with Obama, Bettman and Ogrean, will take part in a ceremonial puck drop to start the clinic.

The children participating in the clinic will be third- and fourth-grade students from Powell Elementary School, which was adopted by the Capitals for the season. Also taking part will be children age 13-18 from the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Program and local members of the American Special Hockey Association.

The Blackhawks take on the Washington Caps, fresh off their 5-0 win last night over the Edmonton Oilers, this Sunday at 11:30 am at Verizon Center.



The Blackhawk visit will be the second Chicago area sports related news maker this week relative to the White House. On last evening President Obama invited several Senate and House members from the Chicago area to the White House to watch the Chicago Bulls take on the Charlotte Bobcats.

The Bulls (45-18) defeated the Bobcats (26-48), 101-84, putting an end to the team's five-game losing streak - much to the liking of President Obama, and quite possibly the Bulls' greatest player of all time, turned Bobcats' owner, Michael Jeffery Jordan. (Nah).