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Watch: Joe Biden accidentally refers to Gary Bettman as "Batman" and Hedman loses it

Updated: May 20, 2022

During their Monday off, the Tampa Bay Lightning were honored at the White House by U.S. President Joe Biden, a custom that has been extended annually to champions across various major North American professional sports leagues.

Biden accidentally referred to commissioner Gary Bettman as "Gary Batman" and continued on without even thinking about correcting himself.

We’re all Victor Hedman here, having a laugh at Biden’s expense — evidently, he is not the avid sports fan that past U.S. presidents were. Despite Biden’s error, a good time was seemingly had by all.

“Pretty much everybody was on board, and everybody that could make it — former players and stuff — they all tried to make it here," defenseman Ryan McDonagh said. "It's just a great tradition that we have: You become part of a championship team, you get to go to the White House and meet the president."