Congrats to the Stanley Cup Champs!

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The Stanley Cup winning goal by Dave Bolland in Boston on Monday

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)

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