Is the White House in UMD’s future?

A press release from the White House this week said President Obama will welcome the San Francisco Giants on Monday to celebrate the team’s 2010 World Series championship.

The release said President Obama is continuing a tradition of honoring sports teams for efforts on and off the field.

The 2010 BCS championship Auburn football team was at the White House on June 8 and the 2011 Connecticut men’s basketball team was honored May 17. While Rink and Run hasn’t heard of any other NCAA Division I championship teams from 2010-11 being invited to Washington, D.C., it is likely if the Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey team makes a trip, it will be in September, sources indicate.

The UMD women made a fifth White House visit on Sept. 13, 2010, after winning the 2010 Division I title, continuing a tradition that began with President George W. Bush. Approximately 800 Division I athletes, coaches and staff members were on the South Lawn on that occasion.

The Bulldogs were allowed to travel with 20 players and three coaches, along with Chancellor Lendley Black. They presented President Obama with a hockey jersey and a children’s book, written by UMD Psychology Professor Bud McClure.

In other hockey news:

Former UMD forward Jordan Fulton has re-signed with Stockton (Calif.) of the East Coast Hockey League in a story from the Stockton Record here.

The Grand Forks Herald has an update on a rescheduled meeting between the University of North Dakota and the NCAA concerning the school’s nickname. The story is here.

The Schenectady (N.Y.) Daily Gazette has a tidbit about the Versus network being interested in a college hockey TV package, starting in January, in an update here.

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