Obama playfully shames Corey Crawford at White House visit

Barack Obama poses with Chicago Blackhawks players, coaches and executives during an event...

Barack Obama poses with Chicago Blackhawks players, coaches and executives during an event honouring the Blackhawks for winning last year's Stanley Cup. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

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, Last Updated: 6:04 PM ET

The 2013 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks visited the White House Monday to meet the president.

In a light-hearted, five-minute speech, U.S. president Barack Obama talked at length about the team's excellent post-season, mainly recapping the many marquee events along the way.

One remark in particular – a playful insult directed towards 'Hawks goalie Corey Crawford, whose profanity-laced interview following the club's Cup victory went viral – caused the room to erupt with laughter.

"We were originally going to let Corey Crawford say a few words today," Obama said, "but we thought we’d keep this family event, family friendly. You guys have been hanging out with (outspoken Chicago mayor) Rahm Emanuel too much.”

Obama, a die-hard Chicago sports fan, also laid a gentle jab on the city's baseball team, the Cubs.

“Three years ago, the Hawks won their first Stanley Cup in 49 years, and keep in mind the Cubs have been waiting for 105. So 49 might have not seemed so bad," Obama said. "Luckily, the second Stanley Cup came just a little bit quicker.”


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