Stanley Cup champion Penguins address possible White House visit


With the media already running amok with unverified reports about NBA champion Golden State Warriors possibly boycotting a visit with President Donald Trump at the White House (they haven’t made any decisions yet), the Pittsburgh Penguins decided to step in front of the story before the mainstream media could take even more liberties with the truth.

“The Pittsburgh Penguins would never turn down a visit to the White House and, if invited, we would go as a team,” Penguins CEO/team president David Morehouse said in a prepared statement Tuesday.

It should be noted that those at the very top of the Penguins organization are liberal. Team owner Ron Burkle is a major Democratic donor. Morehouse worked in the Clinton administration and was also a part of Al Gore’s unsuccessful presidential campaign in 2000.

To say that it’s refreshing to see people with dissenting political viewpoints maintain a fair and healthy perspective is quite the understatement.

“We respect the office of the presidency of the United States and what it stands for,” Morehouse continued in his statement.

“Any opposition or disagreement with a president’s policies, or agenda, can be expressed in other ways,” he added.

Perhaps it shouldn’t be so surprising that an NHL team has this policy. When the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup Finals in 2011, staunch conservative Tim Thomas declined to visit the White House while President Barack Obama was in office. The Bruins said no players would be forced to attend.

A Penguins official said the same policy would apply to their potential 2017 visit. As Morehouse noted, as of this writing, there has been no formal invitation extended to the Penguins for a potential White House visit.

In today’s volatile political climate, it’s inspiring to see a sports team take such a diplomatic approach. Lost in the shuffle of finger-pointing and shouting is the fact that we are all still part of the United States of America. Regardless of how you feel about President Trump, acts of violence and disrespect serve no constructive purpose.

The Pittsburgh Penguins staved off a very game Nashville team in the Stanley Cup finals. They won the series 4-2, including two dominant wins in a row to finish off the Predators. After splitting the series 2-2 with a pair of lopsided wins and losses, the Penguins outscored Nashville 8-0 over the final two games. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy for the most valuable player of the playoffs for the second year in a row.

The Penguins received an outpouring of love from Pittsburgh when they held their championship parade on Wednesday afternoon.

An estimated 650,000 people showed up to celebrate the Penguins’ fifth Stanley Cup championship, and second in a row. The Penguins became the first team to win back-to-back Stanley Cup finals in 19 years.

The fans that showed up in droves had plenty of reasons to celebrate.

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 Source(s): Pittsburgh Post-Gazette