It still doesn’t seem real, but the Chicago Blackhawks are Stanley Cup champions once again! Three times in three years certainly isn’t shabby. I probably could have/should have posted about the Hawks last night, but I’ll admit: I was licking my wounds a bit. I started working for the Blackhawks right after they won the Cup in 2010 and left early last year… of course I can’t help but think if I had stayed another year (well, really a year and a half), I could be $35K richer in diamonds and platinum (the ring, obvi) and have a summer worth of celebrating ahead.
But in the end, it wasn’t the right fit for me, and I am absolutely overjoyed that the front office—not just hockey ops, the entire front office—has something to show for all their hard work and dedication. I hope my co-workers are shaking up a bottle of Champagne for me, too.
I was especially happy to see Dave Bolland score the Cup-winning goal. He became my favorite player after I had the opportunity to write a feature article—an oral history, he’s not much of a talker himself—about him for Blackhawks Magazine while I was on staff. It’s still one of my absolute favorite pieces I’ve ever written. You can check it out here if you’re interested.
And hopefully this Cup win means Coach Q and that amazing ‘stache will get a contract extension!
(Image: Getty Images via chicagoblackhawks.com)