WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is honoring the Pittsburgh Penguins at a White House ceremony for winning their fourth Stanley Cup.

Obama says the Penguins victory over the San Jose Sharks in the finals completed one of the most remarkable turnarounds in the history of the National Hockey League.

Obama says he has now been able to celebrate with eight Stanley Cup winners during his presidency, all from the United States and beginning with the Penguins. He says the team's return represents a nice book-end for his presidency.

The Penguins, led by Sidney Crosby, overcame a tough start to the season with Obama noting that they were closer to last place than first in December. He credits their persistence and teamwork as critical factors in completing the turnaround.