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Canes 'Suit Up' to Play Visitors--at the White House

Posted February 2, 2007
Updated February 3, 2007

The Hurricanes hit the White House in force Friday—the whole squad came to meet President Bush and to show off professional hockey's greatest award, the Stanley Cup.

The entire team and management had a visit with President Bush to acknowledge their winning the National Hockey League championship for the 2005-2006 season.

The visit mixed praise and humor. The president congratulated the team on their accomplishment and teased defenseman Mike Commodore about his mane of hair.

"You know, I'm not sure what's prettier—the Stanley Cup or Mike Commodore's hair," Bush told an audience that included the state's two senators and Rep. Howard Coble.

The session was "a pretty big deal for a guy who doesn't even know how to ice skate," the president said to chuckles from the players.

"At the start of the season, this team was ranked 28th out of 30 teams," Bush recalled, tongue-in-cheek, of the championship run. "I like to be around people who keep expectations low."

You can watch the entire Canes visit.
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  • I agree Feb 3, 2007

    "Jesse Boulerice" should have had his name on the cup and had the honor of meeting our president along with the rest of the team. Jesse literally took and delivered alot of punches for the Hurricanes and formed a presence of intimidation for the opposing team. Mid-season He was traded to the St. Louis Blues and fell short just a few games to qualify.I am a big fan of the Carolina Hurricanes. Jesse, if this is the only thanks you get from your friends/fans here it is... We know you are in Albany right now and have not forgotten you! Thanks for all you done for the Canes' keep trying hard (like you always have done) and they will bring you back up! Your name may have been omitted from the cup as a technicality but we all know it belongs there!!