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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

President Obama to Honor Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks at White House

First Lady Michelle Obama to Join NHL, USA Hockey in Hosting Youth Clinic

WASHINGTON—On Friday, March 11, at 3:00 p.m. ET, President and Mrs. Obama will welcome the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks to the White House to honor the team’s 2009-10 championship season.

Following the ceremony, First Lady Michelle Obama, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, and USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean will preside over a street hockey workout and clinic on a rink set up on the South Lawn of the White House. The clinic for local youngsters, which will be conducted by members of the Blackhawks and Washington Capitals, is part of a new collaboration between Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, the NHL and USA Hockey to encourage American children to lead active and healthy lives and continues the President’s tradition of sports champions serving in the community as part of their visit.

Earlier in the week, members of the team and Blackhawks staff will also visit troops and their families at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Media Coverage:
The President’s remarks honoring the Blackhawks and the First Lady’s Let’s Move! event will be open press, but space is limited and not all credentialing requests can be honored.

Media wishing to cover these events must contact before 5 PM ET // 4 PM CT Wednesday, March 9.  NOTE: Please indicate whether you plan to cover the President’s remarks, the First Lady’s event, or both.  

Members of the media who do not have a White House hard pass must also submit their full name, date of birth, place of birth and Social Security number with their RSVP.  If we are able to accommodate your request for credentials, we will send a confirmation with further instructions and logistical details.