The victory parade to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup win will be held on Friday in Chicago. The news was announced Tuesday morning by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office. The exact time and route has yet to be announced, according to NBCChicago.com.
The Mayor issued a statement following the victory in which he praised the people of Boston and the Bruins for coming together to represent the spirit of the city:
"The City of Chicago is thrilled to congratulate our own Chicago Blackhawks on their hard-fought victory, once again bringing the Stanley Cup back to their sweet home Chicago. Our best wishes go out to the Bruins and the city of Boston for a well-played series. In the past few months, the people of Boston have showed how they can pull together and the Bruins have represented that same spirit, demonstrating what makes Boston a truly world-class city. Our congratulations go out to Rocky Wirtz, Coach Joel Quenneville, the incredible Blackhawks players, and the whole Blackhawks family for their dedication and determination to make Chicago a championship city once again. The City of Big Shoulders stood shoulder to shoulder with the Blackhawks all season and we are all looking forward to welcoming them home as champions."
President Obama, who had appointed Emanuel to be the White House Chief of Staff during his first term, tweeted on Tuesday morning his congrats to the team. SI's Allan Muir compiled other congratulatory tweets from celebrities.
Game 6 on Monday appeared to be headed for overtime, with Boston and Chicago tied 2-2 with less a minute to go in the third period when Blackhawks center Dave Bolland scored the game-winning goal with 58 seconds remaining. The win marks the second time the Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup since 2010.
The team touched down at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport shortly before 4 a.m. on Tuesday morning, with footage from CSNChicago.com showing the team plane getting showered with water by the Chicago Fire Department upon landing. According to the Chicago Tribune, the team was reportedly out on the town celebrating until at least 6:15 a.m. VIDEO: Blackhawks stun Bruins in Game 6 to win Stanley Cup