Letter to President calls for Gophers White House invite

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- It was one of the greatest seasons in the history of college sports, but was the University of Minnesota Women's hockey team perfect season deserving of a White House visit?

The team finished the season 41-0-0 on their way to a second straight national championship.

"This needs to be done. We want justice," Sen. Al Franken said, half joking.

Franken signed the same letter that his Senate counterpart Amy Klobuchar signed. In fact, all 8 of the state's representatives also signed the bi-partisan request for a team meet and greet with the President.

"When I heard that, (I thought) it's incredible. It's quite and honor and an accomplishment towards us in giving us some recognition on that big of a stage," Team Captain and Senior Megan Bozek told KARE 11.

Two seasons ago, the Gophers won the National Championship, but didn't get an invite to the White House. If they ending up getting an invite this year, it wouldn't be unprecedented.

In 2003, the men's hockey team was invited to a presidential meet and greet. In 2004, the women's team was welcomed into the White House where President Bush said "I was pleased to know the Minnesota Women's hockey team slogan this year was get it done and meet George!"

So what can the team's fans do to help urge the current President towards an invitation? Perhaps a letter or a couple thousand letters to Mr. Obama would be helpful.

"It couldn't hurt. Write some letters to the White House. I think its 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but I'm not sure," Franken said with a smile.

This team has accomplished a lot. A visit to D.C. would add some icing on the cake.

"Just the fact that the delegation has gone out of their way to write the letter is incredible," Bozek said.

"It's going to happen. I would think it's going to happen," Sen. Franken concluded.

The White House Press Office did respond to KARE 11's policy inquiry, noting that nothing has been scheduled to celebrate the championships of any of the nation's Division 1 Collegiate Championships.

Typically, the Obama Administration hosts several teams in one ceremony sometime in the fall.

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