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Obama gets Kings sweater, pressed on Keystone pipeline by Darryl Sutter

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One of the perks of being President of the United States is the jersey collection you build up while in office.

Teams large and small make the trek to D.C. to have a photo taken after championships, and the POTUS gets some new personalized gear for his closet. Sometimes, though, it's an awkward moment.

The Los Angeles Kings had their moment with President Obama on Tuesday afternoon. Normally no great cause for concern, but the Kings happened to humble the President's hometown Blackhawks last night after a late third period goal sent the Hawks down, 5-4.

"I'm a little resentful -- coming from Chicago -- that L.A. seems to be getting all these championships," Obama said.

Upping the awkward factor was Kings coach Darryl Sutter's vow to press Obama on the Keystone pipeline:

"I'm gonna ask him about it - damn right I am," Sutter - a former Blackhawks player and coach himself - told The Hill before the ceremonial White House meeting.

"It's 20 feet underground," Sutter, a ranch owner in Canada, told The Globe and Mail of Toronto. "How can we not want to keep North America (energy self-sufficient)? Why does the border have to separate that? It doesn't make sense. For sure, I'm going to ask him."

President Obama bounces a soccer ball off of his head during an event to honor the 2012 championship seasons of the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings hockey team and the Major League Soccer champion Los Angeles Galaxy on Tuesday in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Kings coach Darryl Sutter is next to the president at left, Galaxy forward Landon Donovan is at right, Galaxy coach Bruce Arena is behind Donovan. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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