POTUS has the home-ice advantage.
“Each year the Hawks keep on winning; it is as I said a tribute to the front office,” he said at the White House. “It is also, by the way, a tribute to the head of the scouting who just told me that he could help me pick my Supreme Court justice.”
The president's hometown team presented him with a miniature version of the Stanley Cup, a sweater and a parking pass to the United Center.
"This is the best gift I've ever gotten,” the president said of the pass. “This is really cool.”
This is the third time the president has hosted his hometown team, after a "hat trick" of wins in 2010, 2013 and 2015.
Team captain Jonathan Toews said this visit is as exciting as the previous trips to The White House.
"It's equally as special, I would say,” the Canadian center said. “The fact that we've been able to come here three times while President Obama is in office is a pretty cool thing.”
The Blackhawks lead the Western Conference and are second overall in the NHL this season.