With the sports world smoldering this weekend over President Trump's blast at NFL players and his rescinded White House invitation to Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry, the Stanley Cup champions say they will make their pilgrimage to Washington again this season
The Pittsburgh Penguins issued a two-paragraph statement to that effect Sunday morning:
"The Pittsburgh Penguins respect the institution of the Office of the President, and the long tradition of championship teams visiting the White House. We attended White House ceremonies after previous championships - touring the historic building and visiting briefly with Presidents George H.W. Bush and Barack Obama - and have accepted an invitation to attend again this year.
Any agreement or disagreement with a president's politics, policies or agenda can be expressed in other ways. However, we very much respect the rights of other individuals and groups to express themselves as they see fit."
The Penguins became the NHL's first back-to-back champions since 1997 when they defeated the Nashville Predators in six games in the Stanley Cup final in June. They last visited the White House on Oct. 6, 2016, as they were feted by President Obama for their six-game triumph over San Jose in the 2016 Cup final.