President Joe Biden welcomed the Vegas Golden Knights, the defending Stanley Cup champions, to the White House on Monday to celebrate their victory. During his speech, Biden praised Las Vegas for becoming a top sports city, with champions like the Golden Knights and the WNBA’s Aces. However, he jokingly expressed concern about the Philadelphia Eagles leaving their hometown, referencing the potential consequences for him personally.
Biden mentioned that Vice President Kamala Harris had previously hosted the Las Vegas Aces in September after their back-to-back WNBA wins. He then quipped, “Just one promise: Don’t get the Philadelphia Eagles to leave…because I’ll get divorced if that happens. I married a Philly girl, and it’s a long story,” referring to his wife, Jill Biden. Mrs. Biden has previously shown her support for the Eagles by attending games at Lincoln Financial Field.
Although there is no possibility of the Eagles relocating to Las Vegas, as the Raiders already have a home at Allegiant Stadium, Biden’s remark was made in a light-hearted manner. Additionally, the city may soon welcome the Oakland Athletics, further solidifying Las Vegas as a sports hub.
Biden commended the Golden Knights for their impressive start to the season, with 12 wins in 15 games. Coach Bruce Cassidy attributed their success to the team’s continuity, making the current season feel like an extension of the previous one. Jack Eichel expressed his satisfaction with their performance, stating, “It’s been a good start to our season. Obviously, we want to continue doing that, but it’s a celebration of what we accomplished last year, and then we’re back to work.”
Amidst global events, Alec Martinez, a member of the Los Angeles Kings’ championship-winning team, expressed gratitude that the president took the time to acknowledge their achievement. “Obviously, there are a lot more important things for him to do,” Martinez said. “So, to take a little bit of time out of their day to allow us to have this experience is pretty special.”
Following Biden’s speech, Mark Stone delivered a nervous yet heartfelt speech. “It was probably the most nervous I’ve ever been,” he confessed. “Speaking in Vegas at the parade, I think I’d had a few drinks, so it was a little bit easier to do that one. But with the president standing a couple steps over, it was definitely pretty nerve-wracking.”