It’s time for a Blackhawks parade through downtown Chicago. The Chicago Blackhawks won the 2010 Stanley Cup, and deserve a parade for the adversity that fans have dealt with for the past 49 years in Chicago.
It took an overtime period (just to make things more exciting), but the Chicago Blackhawks closed the door on the improbable season by the Philadelphia Flyers in order to hoist the cup last night. With a three-goals-to-two-lead heading into the third period, all the Blackhawks had to do was hold on to that lead and the game would be over, but the Flyers chipped in one final goal to send the game into overtime. Around four minutes into that overtime period, Patrick Kane became a hero as he edged the puck past goalie Michael Leighton to win Game 6.
The Chicago Blackhawks weren’t one of the favorites picked by many experts to bring home the Cup in the 2010 NHL Playoffs, especially with several other teams having the big name superstars that were showcased at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Slowly, those teams fell away one-by-one throughout the playoffs, with a couple of them receiving an assist from Chicago on their way out the door (like San Jose). In the end, this turned out to be the year of the Blackhawks, and there was a lot of celebrating in the streets of Chicago last night. That celebration will continue through Friday, when a Blackhawks parade is scheduled, which will lead to a rally for supporters, the team, and, of course, the presentation of the newest Stanley Cup to anyone in attendance.
One guy who is going to be ecstatic about the Blackhawks winning is “Pardon the Interruption” co-host Michael Wilbon, who had to spend much of the Stanley Cup Finals reporting on the NBA Finals. That didn’t stop him from wearing his Blackhawks jersey right on the set of his sports show last week, though, showing just how dedicated of a fan he is. In fact, this is one of those teams where the dedicated fans are pretty easy to spot, having spent years dealing with teams that failed to live up to expectations, and finally getting rewarded with the best team in hockey during the 2010 season.
For the fans looking for parade information, we linked an Associated Content article about it at the end, but here are some quick details. The Blackhawks parade will take place on Friday, June 11, beginning at North Wacker Drive and West Washington Street before winding its way to East Wacker Drive and North Michigan Avenue, where the huge Blackhawks rally will take place. It’s going to be a full week of celebration in Chicago. And, for a sports city so invested in its teams, this is one of those well-deserved perks of taking home the title.