I’m not sure where to start, but I will try to be brief. When the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010, I was a crying and giddy idiot. I was teary eyed as I watched the entire parade on TV. Seeing how happy the players were, and how excited the fans were made me feel as though I was right there with them. I couldn’t stop talking about the whole season, and the entire Cup run, and how it was won in such dramatic fashion. I appreciated it so much because you never know when you’ll get the next chance. For the Hawks the chance to win it all was separated by 18 years (1992), when they lost to Pittsburgh. In 2010 the team and the city erased 49 years of disappointment with that victory, and it was a celebration that will never be forgotten.
This year was different in many ways. Despite the lockout, which now seems like a distant memory, the Blackhawks put together a season for the ages. The team led by Jonathan Toews, one of the best players in the game today, showed character, resiliency, and committment as the main components for their run for their second cup in four years. Which still sounds hard to believe. The depth of their roster, the ability to consistently roll four lines, and the mental capacity to stay determined proved how much they wanted this one. Not like 2010 wasn’t wanted. It was. This time you could see and feel that no matter what the circumstance, they would not be denied. Winning this year also proved they’re not a one hit wonder. Their core players are young enough where they could win three cups before they’re 30 years old. The organization is truly all about winning, and they treat their players and fans with the utmost respect.
This time, for me at least the win is about accomplishment, and validation. For all the good things that happened to the Hawks during the season, none of it would have mattered had they not won the Stanley Cup. As cool and calm as they were, I was equally the same. Down 3-1 to the Detroit Red Wings, I put on what became my lucky t-shirt for the balance of the playoffs. The “Bruce” shirt went 11-3 the rest of the way, with my confidence never wavering. Just like my confidence in this Hawks team. That so many players on both teams could battle through some of the toughest injuries, tells you how determined these players really are, and should teach many of us a lesson. If you want something bad enough, you’ll do whatever it whatever it takes to get there.
Congrats to the Boston Bruins for a well played series and season. Congrats to the Chicago Blackhawks for reaching your goal, and congrats to a city that I will always call my home.
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