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Penguins seem to downplay Trump White House visit online

Jonathan Bombulie
| Wednesday, October 11, 2017 8:27 a.m
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President Donald Trump shakes the hand of Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 at the White House.
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President Donald Trump welcomes Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins' Phil Kessel Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 at the White House.
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President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremony to honor the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins, Tuesday Oct. 10, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington.
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President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremony to honor the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins, Tuesday Oct. 10, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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President Donald Trump delivers a speech during an event at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 10, 2017, honouring the Pittsburgh Penguins 2017 Stanley Cup victory.
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President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremony to honor the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins, Tuesday Oct. 10, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington.
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Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux stands next to First Lady Melania Trump at an event honouring the 2017 Stanley Cup Champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on October 10, 2017.
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Mike Bolt, center, places the Stanley Cup on a table for display in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, in preparation for a visit by the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Champions Pittsburgh Penguins with President Donald Trump. Bolt is one of the four keepers of the Cup, whose job it is to protect the 35-pound, silver trophy that has nearly three thousand names engraved on the bands that surround it. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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President Donald Trump welcomes the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 at the White House.
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President Donald Trump welcome the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins' head coach Mike Sullivan and General Manager Jim Rutherford Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 at the White House.

The Penguins didn’t want to make it political .

They accomplished that.

In fact, they just about accomplished the feat of hiding their visit to the White House altogether.

Without the fanfare of an emailed newsletter detailing their visit — like they did in 2016 — without a single tweet, with but one Facebook photo and one news release of four paragraphs on their website, the Penguins’ visit Tuesday to the White House with President Trump came and went.

The boys are back at the White House to celebrate back-to-back championships.

Posted by Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

No politics. Barely a mention of the visit on the day it happened.

Immediately after the Penguins’ 2016 visit, the team posted a photo gallery and a recap of the visit with President Obama . They also sent an emailed version of their recap to their newsletter subscribers. Within that newsletter were links to other stories, including one about how the team’s American players were appreciative of the chance to visit the White House.

Also during the 2016 visit, the Penguins hosted a video that streamed the visit with President Obama. Not so with the Trump visit Tuesday.

On Tuesday, less than an hour after the ceremony with Trump, the Penguins sent an email newsletter highlighting their back-to-back games starting with tonight’s 7:30 p.m. matchup against the Washington Capitals and Thursday’s game at Tampa Bay.

Among other links in that email, none contains any mention of the White House visit.

And here are the only two tweets from the Penguins’ official Twitter account from Tuesday.

The differences in the Penguins’ play of their visits didn’t go unnoticed.

Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Review NHL/Penguins reporter. You can contact Jonathan via Twitter .

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