There were the usual handshakes, smiles, jokes and one-liners that accompany the reigning Stanley Cup champion's annual visit to the White House.

Still, there was a different feel Tuesday afternoon as Sidney Crosby, his Pittsburgh Penguins teammates, general manager Jim Rutherford, head coach Mike Sullivan and support staff filed into the Oval Office in Washington ahead of team owners Ron Burkle, Mario Lemieux and U.S. President Donald Trump.

At first, the players appeared very serious — did anyone crack a smile? — until several in the audience broke the ice with a "Let's Go Pens" chant.

After greeting a few team personnel, Trump approached the podium to declare: "By the way, everybody wanted to be here today."

All current Penguins players on last year's team were expected at the White House. In recent weeks, many took to Twitter, imploring the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions to stay away following Trump's comments less than a month ago when he said National Football League owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem.