Obama to honor Penguins at White House next week

The Pittsburgh Penguins will get reacquainted with the commander in chief before their latest title defense begins.

President Obama will host the Stanley Cup champions Thursday at the White House, the NHL confirmed Friday. The Penguins visited the nation's capital for a similar ceremony after winning the Cup in 2009.

The president invited the team during a call with head coach Mike Sullivan to congratulate him in June.

Pittsburgh opens its 2016-17 regular-season schedule at home against the Washington Capitals on Oct. 13.

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