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Faces and Places: Blackhawks at the White House

President welcomes champion Blackhawks

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President Barack Obama is presented with a jersey by Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz (left) and team President John McDonough at the White House on March 11, when Obama honored the Blackhawks for their 2010 Stanley Cup championship victory.






















Help for hockey program

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Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis (right) and Neal Henderson, founder of the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club, attend the third annual Congressional Hockey Challenge charity hockey game March 10 at Verizon Center in Washington. The game benefits the Fort Dupont club, which provides inner-city youths the chance to participate in organized ice hockey.























MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

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New York Giants Pro Bowl defensive end and Octagon client Justin Tuck (left) and Octagon President Phil de Picciotto attend a reception before the annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference earlier this month. Both Tuck and de Picciotto were speakers at the conference.































Bulls’ 1990-91 championship team reunites

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To commemorate the 20th anniversary of their first NBA championship, the Chicago Bulls welcomed back former players and coaches from the 1990-91 season for a recognition ceremony during halftime at their March 12 game. From left: Scott Williams, assistant coach Johnny Bach, Dennis Hopson, John Paxson, Horace Grant, Craig Hodges, Stacey King, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Will Perdue and Cliff Levingston. Former Bulls broadcaster Jim Durham emceed the halftime ceremony.



























San Antonio looks forward to All-Star Game

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At a March 3 announcement, the San Antonio Silver Stars and the WNBA revealed that the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game would be played at San Antonio’s AT&T Center on July 23. Unveiling the game’s logo are (from left) Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff; Silver Stars GM and coach Dan Hughes; Russell Warren, Silver Stars director of business operations; Renee Brown, WNBA chief of basketball operations and player relations; and Spurs Sports & Entertainment SVP of sales and marketing Frank Miceli.




























USOC meets D.C.

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USOC CEO Scott Blackmun (center) and D.C. United President Kevin Payne (left) and owner Will Chang attend a USOC fundraiser hosted by Peter Ackerman at The Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C., on March 16.






















Honoring some Good Guys

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Sports figures were among those presented with the Halligan-McGuire Irish American Good Guy Award at Gallagher’s Steakhouse in New York City on March 22. From left: Honorees William Burke of Wells Fargo Advisors, New York Times sports columnist Dave Anderson, NBA communications exec Brian McIntyre and MSG analyst and former NHL coach Mike Keenan.
























Athletes First bash


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At the Athletes First Classic Gala on March 11 at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, Calif., benefiting Orangewood Children’s Foundation (from left): Eric Olsen of the Denver Broncos, Athletes First President Brian Murphy, John Sullivan of the Minnesota Vikings and Ashley Tarutis.

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