Barack Obama will welcome the Stanley Cup, Chicago Blackhawks on March 11


It’s a ceremony that has become so deeply ingrained in sports that video games have begun emulating it: when your team wins a championship, it’s only a matter of time before you get to meet the president.

Perhaps the function might be a little more personal for Barack Obama this time around, being that the Stanley Cup-winning Blackhawks reside in his old headquarters in Chicago. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane & Co. will visit the White House on March 11 at 3pm ET.

Following the ceremony, Michelle Obama and Gary Bettman will help promote Obama and USA Hockey’s contribution to the Let’s Move! venture (check out the First Lady’s commercial here).

Sounds like it should be a lot of fun, even if we don’t get the pleasure of watching Dustin Byfuglien greet the most powerful man in the world in a huge suit.

Video: Michelle Obama’s hockey advertisement

There have been some pretty big names in politics, entertainment and other highly publicized professions who shared their interest and approval of hockey.

Sarah Palin’s hockey fandom gained considerable notoriety once she became a vice presidential candidate. Kiefer Sutherland voiced the introduction for NHL presentations. Just about every Canadian celebrity has shown interest in the sport.

Yet there still seems to be something special about First Lady Michelle Obama speaking on the sport’s behalf.

Obama appeared in a public service announcement for USA Hockey and the NHL, which you can see in the video below. It’s part of an effort to get kids to exercise via the Let’s Move campaign (one would assume so they don’t become pear-shaped hockey bloggers).

(H/T to Schuyler Baehman for the video.)

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