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Chicago Blackhawks Ceremony Goes Off Without A Hitch

The ceremony at the White House honoring the Chicago Blackhawks and hosted by President Barack Obama wrapped up earlier today. And, though there was some murmuring among fans and media about whether the event should be postponed in light of the tragic earthquake in Japan, it went off nonetheless without a hitch.

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As one might expect, the President played up his Chicago connection in his remarks, calling the event "sweeter" because the 'Hawks are from his hometown. He also lamented the loss of Patrick Kane's mullet and tried on the team's championship ring. "That's what you call some bling, right there," the President said.

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Here's a snapshot of the event, courtesy of Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo!'s Puck Daddy blog:

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The Blackhawks won't return to action until Sunday when they face the Washington Capitals in -- where else? -- Washington D.C.