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Back for 2nd: Blackhawks return to White House

Updated: November 3, 2013 11:43PM



The celebration is not quite over.

The Blackhawks will be saluted by President Barack Obama for their Stanley Cup championship Monday (1 p.m., CSN) at the White House. And they plan to relish the moment.

‘‘That’ll be fun,’’ captain Jonathan Toews said of the Hawks’ second White House visit in four years. ‘‘It’s going to be kind of a quick trip in and out. It’s tough that we couldn’t play a game [in Washington] and get to enjoy it more. Still, for the guys that went there a few years ago, it’s a pretty amazing thing to be there [again]. And for the guys that’ll have their first chance, it’s a special thing.’’

Although the trip will be brief, the Hawks will pack a lot into their D.C. visit.

‘‘Everybody gets to enjoy the day,’’ coach Joel Quenneville said, ‘‘and we get to go to Walter Reed [military hospital] in the morning as well. That was a fun visit [last time]. We ran into the Wounded Warriors a couple of times. But when you get to the White House, it’s kind of a nice setting.’’

For the Hawks, it’s one more reminder of a great season, a brief pause in their quest to add more Stanley Cup glory.

‘‘It’ll be one more reflection of a pretty special year for us all,’’ Quenneville said. ‘‘I guess at that point I’d probably wrap up last year’s [celebrating]. But it’ll be a good moment for us.’’



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