As I mentioned in my Telluride posts, the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in Game 6 of a great championship series against the Boston Bruins. I was in Colorado when I witnessed their victory, and while I happily sobbed on everyone I met in Telluride and initiated a small, celebratory pub crawl, I was not in Chicago to partake in the insane post-game celebrations. I did, however, manage to get back in town just in time to greet the players and snap a few photos of them partying and hoisting the Stanley Cup at Rockit Bar & Grill. (And by "just in time," I mean that I literally got off the plane and drove straight to Rockit.) A few days later, two million of my friends and I packed downtown Chicago to be part of the Blackhawks' parade and rally celebrations. I've included some photos from that as well, but to see more head over to Do312.
The greatest trophy in sports, the Stanley Cup.
The Captain and his Playoffs mutton chops, Jonathan Toews
Champagne showers for the fans!
Alternate Captain and my favorite Defenseman, Duncan Keith
Marian Hossa, one of the most skilled players in the NHL. He's a beauty to watch.
Alternate Captain and complete stud muffin, Patrick Sharp
Andrew Shaw and his badass scar. He's hockey tough.
Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson is the king of blocked shots.
2013 Conn Smythe Trophy winner (Playoffs MVP), Patrick Kane
The crowd continued to grow outside of Rockit.
Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, who has a knack for scoring clutch overtime goals
Veteran Jamal Mayers showed off his dance moves (and awesome Playoffs facial hair).
The Captain and I have at least one thing in common: we both love champagne.
See what I mean?
Impressive rookie Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp took a moment to enjoy the scene.
The pride of Minnesota, Nick Leddy
Seabrook a.k.a. Seabsie
Viktor Stalberg a.k.a. "The Swedish Rocket." (He's super fast.)
Saad with Lord Stanley
Incredible season for goalie Corey Crawford. Hats off. He also gives one hell of a speech.
Bryan Bickell (with Patrick Sharp) had his best season yet.
The crowd at the Blackhawks Rally in Grant Park
I love this version of Lord Stanley.
Shortly after this photo was taken, Duncan Keith gave his epic "Braveheart" speech.
Red and black taking over the streets!
Dreams come true