Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Yale rubs elbows at White House

Eleven months after winning the national championship, Yale got its date at the White House. The team worked out Sunday and then bussed to Washington ahead of Monday’s reception, also attended by NCAA championship teams in several other sports.

Five of the six graduated seniors from last season — only captain Andrew Miller, now with Oklahoma City of the American Hockey League, was unable to attend — joined the current Bulldog roster.

Following a private bus tour of the city, Yale spent three hours visiting the White House grounds. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, a former Yale soccer and hockey player, spent time with the team in the East Room before the arrival of President Barack Obama.

“Kerry also served as Yale hockey’s outreach coordinator by bringing the Southern California women’s water polo team over for a combined team photo,” read a Yale press release recapping the trip. “The well-conceived move was enjoyed by both squads.”

Obama spent time chatting with the student-athletes, and took a photo with Yale. Later, he made a short, formal address on the South Lawn. The Bulldogs had dinner at an area steak house before returning home Monday night.


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