Every NHL team gets the chance to go to Washington D.C. at least once throughout the season. That's what happens when there's a team based in the nation's capital, after all.
But only one team gets to visit the White House: last season's champions. And what good timing it's been for the Chicago Blackhawks to go on their own little dynasty of sorts, when there's a Chicago sports fan in office.
The Hawks will be making the trip tomorrow, following their game in New York against the Rangers tonight, with three days off before they're supposed to head to Minnesota to take on the Wild. So they're somewhat in the area, and they've got a fair amount of time off: it's perfect timing.
It's also, being an election year with a two-term president serving his final year in office, a pretty crazy time politically. Pretty much anything and everything becomes fair game, and that, evidently, includes a hockey team's visit. As Mark Lazerus transcribed:
White House press sec. Josh Earnest with a pretty good dig on Ted Cruz while discussing @POTUS and the #Blackhawks. pic.twitter.com/0kBtHpSR7a— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) February 17, 2016
Well, that was an easy jab. Maybe Barack Obama will have a little more time to watch the Hawks in a year, though.