Is there any chance the Pittsburgh Penguins visit to the White House today would go off without an awkward moment? Absolutely not.
First of all, Donald Trump doesn’t exactly come across as your classic Hockey Night in Canada fan.
There is also the whole Trump versus America’s most popular sports controversy going on. Between the Golden State Warriors being “uninvited” to the White House and the NFL anthem controversy, the fact the Penguins even went to meet the president was a story.
Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
But there was oh, so much more to enjoy during Tuesday’s visit.
Here are the top five most awkward moments:
After previously stating that visiting the White House is not about politics, Trump didn't waste much time bringing up this week’s political hot topic, the on-going North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations between the US, Canada and Mexico.
Trump's NAFTA comments begin at 2:45
Sidney Crosby is one of the faces of the NHL and the captain of the Penguins, but Trump had some trouble picking him out of the crowd. It didn’t help that Crosby was hiding in the very back right of the crowd, which is odd because last year he was directly beside Obama.
It’s customary for the visiting team to present the president with a team jersey. That didn’t happen on Tuesday for whatever reason.
After live streaming their visit via Instagram and Snapchat in 2016. The Penguins social media team decided to not even mention the visit this year.
Below is a screenshot of the only post on the Penguins Twitter account for October 10th, 2017.
This is what the Penguins social media team posted during the team's visit to the White House in 2016.
It's common for hockey players to add a "y" or an "er" to a fellow player's name to create an instant nickname. Penguins' defenseman Kris Letang is well known as "Tanger" for example. Trump gave it a go at least...
The Pittsburgh Penguins were at the White House and it was pretty awkward for everyone. pic.twitter.com/moutxnxhT5— The Comeback NHL (@TheComebackNHL) October 10, 2017