Blackhawks fans have been spoiled with championships during the last six years, but they showed on Thursday that Chicago never tires of celebrating the accomplishments of the teams it loves.
After a parade wound through downtown, the team and the Stanley Cup were cheered in streets filled with revelers until they reached a packed Soldier Field for a rally.
Once there, members of the team addressed the crowd and thanked them for their support while goalie Corey Crawford tried, and failed, to speak without using any profanity, although the team and the gathered fans did not seem to mind.
In a particularly poignant moment Kris Versteeg brought up the young son of Clint Reif, the Blackhawks’ equipment manager who died suddenly this season, and awarded him the team’s championship belt.
Meanwhile Patrick Kane said that while he has gotten a lot of compliments for becoming a more mature person off the ice, he may be reverting to his old ways for a few days to celebrate his third Cup.
Versteeg, who tried his hand at rapping at the 2013 rally, grabbed a microphone with Joakim Nordstrom for an earsplitting rendition of Macklemore’s “And We Danced.”
Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith both told the fans that they liked the idea of grabbing a fourth championship.
The team also braved a pretty confetti blizzard to top off the celebration
The Blackhawks are really showing their veteran celebrating skills after this most recent title.
- Brendan Maloy