President Trump feted the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday for their unlikely championship season during a White House ceremony that was at once more elaborate, but also more political, than the reception he held for the Washington Capitals last year.

In a formal Rose Garden event, Trump hailed the NHL team for an “amazing story of comebacks” in its Stanley Cup-winning run this spring, recounting for an audience of administration aides, team executives and the players’ families how the Blues rallied from a slow start for their first league title.

“They started off so bad, so bad, even the commissioner [Gary Bettman] was telling me things were not looking too good for this team,” Trump said. “But they set records.”

The outdoor ceremony was reminiscent of the traditional sports team visits to the White House that date from the presidency of Ronald Reagan in the 1980s.