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President Trump Welcomes the Pittsburgh Penguins to the White House

The Pittsburgh Penguins are in Washington, D.C., where they'll visit the White House to celebrate their Stanley Cup championship.

The Penguins - and Crosby in particular - have found themselves thrust into the increasingly uncomfortable intersection of politics and sports, but the Pittsburgh captain doesn't view the visit as a political statement.

"The Penguins as an organization and our players have chosen not to use this platform to take a stance", Pens coach Mike Sullivan said in September. "Hopefully it stays that way". It's been a good experience.

The trip is an annual rite for title-winning professional and college sports teams, but the President rescinded an invitation to the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors after point guard Steph Curry expressed concern over a possible ceremony. He continued his war of words with ESPN on Tuesday morning, ripping the network and suspended "SportsCenter" anchor Jemele Hill.

"The Pittsburgh Penguins respect the institution of the Office of the President, and the long tradition of championship teams visiting the White House".

Although players often skip the visit for reasons that range from political to personal, the Penguins expect full attendance by the team. He accompanied the team for the ceremony at the White House in 2016.

"You are true, true champions and incredible patriots", he added later.



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