WASHINGTON - The University of Minnesota Women's Hockey team is preparing for the NCAA Tournament and a chance to bring home another national championship.
That doesn't mean they're going to turn down a chance to meet the President of the United States.
The Gophers are in Washington D.C., just two days after claiming the 2013-2014 WCHA title, rubbing elbows with political bigwigs and preparing to meet President Obama in a ceremony on the south lawn of the White House Monday afternoon.They met with Senator Amy Klobuchar Monday morning and spent Sunday touring the nation's capitol.
"The Gophers did it again in 2013 – capping off a thrilling undefeated season by taking home the national title for a second straight year," Klobuchar said. "This team has proven over and over that they have the guts and heart to compete and win at the highest level. I couldn't be prouder of what this dedicated group of women has accomplished and congratulate them on this well-deserved honor."
Opportunities like this don't come along for just any team: The Gophers compiled a 62-game winning streak from 2011 to 2013, capping a 41-0-0 record in 2013 with their second straight national championship. The Lady Gophers are recognized as the first women's Division I team to finish the season unbeaten.
The ceremony on the south lawn is scheduled to take place at 4 p.m. central standard time. We plan on carrying it live on kare11.com.
Following their whirlwind trip the Gophers will return to Minnesota Monday night to prepare for this weekend's NCAA quarterfinal game against Boston University.