Hail to the chief: President Barack Obama congratulates former M.L. resident
By Phil Ambroziak
Dwight King’s career in hockey continues to take him places he never thought he’d go.
The former Meadow Lake resident and current Los Angeles Kings player recently joined his teammates for a visit to the White House in Washington D.C. where he had an opportunity to meet U.S. President Barack Obama.
On March 26, the National Hockey League’s 2012 Stanley Cup champions joined the 2012 Major League Soccer (MLS) champions the Los Angeles Galaxy for a dual ceremony at the U.S. capital. Although this was the first time two championship teams from the same city were honoured at the White House, it is tradition for the president to arrange a visit with any U.S.-based team that wins a major championship. Both the Kings and the Galaxy are owned by the Los Angeles-based AEG.
“It was a pretty neat experience – it was definitely unique,” King said. “The part of the White House we got to see holds a lot of history. They don’t change anything in that building – the furniture, the portraits – it was all very interesting.”
Even though he is a Canadian citizen, King said it was still special to meet President Obama and to have the opportunity to shake his hand.
“It was just a quick meeting and a congratulations on his part – I can’t imagine how busy his schedule must be,” King added. “It is definitely something I’ll remember and it was great to be a part of it with my team.”
The ceremony featured remarks from President Obama about both teams. The Kings also presented the president with an engraved replica Stanley Cup while the Galaxy presented an authentic Tiffany’s championship ring and official soccer ball.