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Obama honors Chicago Blackhawks for Stanley Cup hat trick

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Obama Honors Chicago Blackhawks For Stanley Cup Hat Trick

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is honoring his hometown Chicago Blackhawks for their third Stanley Cup win six years.

Obama says his presidency appears to have brought the team good luck and he's hoping they'll claim one more championship before he leaves office.

Obama noted that seven players participated in all three championships. But he paid particular tribute to "two unsung heroes." Goalie Scott Darling and Kimmo Timonen overcame blood clots to hoist the cup at age 40.

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Obama honors Chicago Blackhawks for Stanley Cup hat trick
WASHINGTON, USA - FEBRUARY 18: Team owner and CEO, John F. McDonough (L), presents President Barack Obama (R) with a miniature version of the Stanley Cup during a ceremony honoring the winners of the 2015 Stanley Cup and NHL Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, at the White House in Washington, USA on February 18, 2016. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, USA - FEBRUARY 18: The Stanley Cup with a miniature version of it during a ceremony honoring the winners of the 2015 Stanley Cup and NHL Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, at the White House in Washington, USA on February 18, 2016. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, USA - FEBRUARY 18: President Barack Obama jokes with guests after a ceremony honoring the winners of the 2015 Stanley Cup and NHL Champions the Chicago Blackhawks are honored at the White House in Washington, USA on February 18, 2016. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, USA - FEBRUARY 18: The Stanley Cup during a ceremony honoring the winners of the 2015 Stanley Cup and NHL Champions the Chicago Blackhawks are honored at the White House in Washington, USA on February 18, 2016. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, USA - FEBRUARY 18: President Barack Obama shows off the life time parking pass presented to him as a gift by team owner and CEO, John F. McDonough, during a ceremony honoring the winners of the 2015 Stanley Cup and NHL Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, at the White House in Washington, USA on February 18, 2016. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, USA - FEBRUARY 18: President Barack Obama shows off the life time parking pass presented to him as a gift by team owner and CEO, John F. McDonough, during a ceremony honoring the winners of the 2015 Stanley Cup and NHL Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, at the White House in Washington, USA on February 18, 2016. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama arrives for an event in the East Room to celebrate the 2015 NHL Champions the Chicago Blackhawks at the White House February 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 18: U.S. President Barack Obama poses for a picture with the 2015 NHL World Champion Chicago Blackhawks in during an event to honor their winning season, at the White House, February 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Blackhawks defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning four games to two to win their sixth championship in franchise history. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 18: President Barack Obama poses for a picture with the 2015 NHL World Champion Chicago Blackhawks in during an event to honor their winning season, at the White House, February 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Blackhawks defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning four games to two to win their sixth championship in franchise history. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 18: U.S. President Barack Obama poses for a picture with the 2015 NHL World Champion Chicago Blackhawks during an event to honor their winning season, at the White House, February 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Blackhawks defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning four games to two to win their sixth championship in franchise history. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010, 2013 and 2015. Obama calls it one of the most dominant stretches in professional sports.

The team presented Obama with a parking pass to United Center in Chicago. Obama called it the best gift he's ever gotten at the White House.

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