Obama honors Chicago Blackhawks for Stanley Cup hat trick

President Barack Obama, right, holds up a parking pass that was presented to him by Rocky Wirtz, left, Chairman of the team, during a ceremony to honor the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. The parking pass is good for all games and all dates at the United Center in Chicago. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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WASHINGTON (AP) 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.

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.