Cup champion Blues visit Trump at White House as full team


President Donald Trump shakes hands with St. Louis Blues goalie Jordan Binnington during an event to honor the 2019 Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues hockey team, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Washington. (Evan Vucci / AP)

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump honoured the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, using the occasion to touch on the situation in Turkey and an agriculture deal with China.

Every returning member of the title-winning team went to the White House several months after a couple of 2018 Cup champion Washington Capitals players opted not to visit Trump. Alternate captain Alex Steen says the Blues do everything as a team on and off the ice and cited that as one reason they captured the first championship in franchise history.

The Blues have a heavy concentration of Canadian players and just one American still on the roster. They followed the lead of recent champions Washington and Pittsburgh that went to the White House rather than declining or not receiving an invitation from Trump-like in the NBA.

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