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Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins visit White House for second year in a row

Kelsey Driscoll, AOL.com

The Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins were honored at the White House for the second year in a row on Tuesday -- but this roster's trip was slightly different than the last. 

After rescinding an invitation for the NBA champion Golden State Warriors to visit the White House, President Donald Trump tweeted that the Penguins were still welcome for their ceremony. Team captain Sidney Crosby stated that the trip was "an opportunity" for himself and his teammates. 

The 30-year-old Crosby has made the celebratory trip to the White House after each of his three championships in a Penguins jersey. 

The team did not present President Trump with any sort of gift on Tuesday, though a jersey was given to President Barack Obama by both the 2009 and 2016 championship rosters. 

The customary team photo with the president and the Stanley Cup also seemed to be skipped this time around, but several photographers were still on hand to document the commemoration. 

President Trump acknowledged many of the Penguins' top stars during the event, including Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang. He also took several moments to offer his condolences to those affected by the wildfires in Northern California, as well as the victims of last week's mass shooting in Las Vegas. 

The Penguins became the fourth team to visit President Trump's White House, joining the New England Patriots, Chicago Cubs and Clemson Tigers.