Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

If Invited, Cup Winners Will Go to White House

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

If Invited, Cup Winners Will Go to White House

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The Penguins' Stanley Cup victory hasn't earned them an invitation to the White House. Not yet, anyway.

But, if one comes, they will accept it.

"The Pittsburgh Penguins would never turn down a visit to the White House and, if invited, we would go as a team," team CEO/president David Morehouse said Tuesday in a prepared statement.

The interesting twist is that several members of the team's hierarchy are staunch progressives.

Owner Ron Burkle is a major donor to Democratic causes, and Morehouse worked in the Clinton administration and on Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign.

Regardless, Morehouse said those political leanings would have no impact on the team's willingness to go to the White House.

"We respect the office of the presidency of the United States and what it stands for," he said. …

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