WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is honoring his hometown Chicago Blackhawks for their third Stanley Cup win six years.

Obama says his presidency appears to have brought the team good luck and he's hoping they'll claim one more championship before he leaves office.

Obama noted that seven players participated in all three championships. But he paid particular tribute to "two unsung heroes." Goalie Scott Darling and Kimmo Timonen overcame blood clots to hoist the cup at age 40.

The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010, 2013 and 2015. Obama calls it one of the most dominant stretches in professional sports.

The team presented Obama with a parking pass to United Center in Chicago. Obama called it the best gift he's ever gotten at the White House.

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