Monday June 22nd, 2015

Most fans buy a hat or T-shirt when their favorite team wins a championship, but Blackhawks superfan Michael Rigitano took his fandom to another level after the team won its first Stanley Cup in 49 years in 2010.

After Chicago grabbed its third Stanley Cup of the decade earlier this month, Rigitano busted out the beer-top homage to the Hawks again and spoke with Puck Junk about how the life-size replica of the trophy came to be.

Rigitano said he was working as a bar when some of his co-workers bet him $10 he could not build a full-size replica of the Stanley Cup out of bottle caps. Three months, 7,000 bottle caps and an enormous amount of hot glue later, he won the bet and has since been invited twice to the team's fan festival to show off his creation, where he was photographed with the real thing.

Puck Junk asked Rigitano if he has anything else up his sleeve and he said he had a few ideas for future projects.

Maybe a Super Bowl Trophy if the Bears won. Or another Stanley Cup, but this time the correct size and made out of just silver bottle caps to change it up. 

- Brendan Maloy

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