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Watch: Mike Pence congratulates college champs for H.S. hockey title

Vice President Mike Pence recently congratulated the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs men’s hockey team on their championship season. Too bad he erroneously praised the team for winning a national high school hockey title.

Pence was in Duluth, Minn., on Wednesday to do some campaigning on behalf of a local politician. While in town, the Vice President took the time to greet the Bulldogs, who defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2-1 in April to win the school’s second national championship.

And that’s when the uncomfortable gaffe occurred.

In Pence’s defense, he obviously has far more important things to worry about than sports, especially collegiate sports — in particular hockey — which obviously does not enjoy the level of national interest or popularity as football and basketball.

That said, it presumably should not have been too much for Pence’s staff to make sure he was adequately prepared for the situation. Instead, it was just a whole bunch of awkwardness playing out.