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President Obama Welcomes the Boston Bruins

The 2011 Stanley Cup winners visit the White House.
President Obama welcomes the Boston Bruins to the White House

President Barack Obama welcomes the six-time Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins to the East Room of the White House, Jan. 23, 2012, to honor the team and their 2011 Stanley Cup victory. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

In June, the Boston Bruins won their first Stanley Cup in almost 40 years. Today, President Obama hosted the team at the White House.

He kicked off his remarks by noting the bruising set of playoff victories it took for the Bruins to win their championship:

Last year, this team endured a long season and even longer playoffs. They are the first team in NHL history to win three full seven-game series.  They had some pretty long playoff beards to show it to show for it. And I appreciate them looking a little more clean cut as they come here today.

These Bruins finally brought the Stanley Cup back to Causeway Street for the first time since 1972, when Bobby Orr was leading the team.

It's been a remarkable decade of athletic success for the city of Boston, as the President made a point to note.

"The Bruins, the Sox, the Celtics, now the Patriots, the President said. "Enough already, Boston."