Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville Thursday lauded his team’s dominant Stanley Cup season and compared it to their disappointing end the year before. (WGN-TV)
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Speaking at a press conference Thursday, Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman praised Corey Crawford for his emergence as a startingand Stanley Cup-winninggoaltender. (WGN-TV)
The man behind the benches, NBC Sports hockey analyst Pierre McGuire calls the Stanley Cup Final between the Blackhawks and Bruins the best final in the last 25 years. He also talks about Bryan Bickell heading to free agency and the performance of Corey Crawford.
The Stanley Cup took a short break from it’s return tour of Chicago today to travel to New York City, accompanying Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane.
Kane, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy during the playoffs, tweeted pictures of his visit to the Late Show with David Letterman.
Mayor Emanuel wants Blackhawks fans to take a page from Ferris Bueller’s book, and turn-out for the parade and rally on Friday for the Stanley Cup champs.
The parade will begin at the United Center, and end with a rally in Hutchinson Field in Grant Park.
The rally will take place at 11 a.m.
The city is expected to announce Thursday what time the parade will kick-off and the route.
WGN will broadcast all of the day’s events LIVE.
When the Hawks won the Cup back in 2010, about 2-million people lined the victory parade route through the Loop.
More people are expected this year, because it won’t be as hot and school is out.
Chicago police report 23 people were arrested across the city overnight and 21 tickets were issued during the Blackhawks victory celebration.
For many watching from home, the game, then the aftermath and scenes of barricade-surfing fans, bottles thrown at police horses were infuriating
Police had a plan for crowd management developed weeks in advance. They used horses to rein-in the crowd.
Rawland and Pamela Dennis were up from Lansing celebrating a wedding, and watching the Hawks when they tried to head home and found a car they couldn’t drive. The jubilant mob left thousands of dollars in damage.”
“It was shocking,” Pamela said.
Lakeview business owners were upset that the plan forced revelers up against their shops and into, and sometimes through, their windows.
Surveillance video from one business shows crowds of partiers packed outside.
Blackhawk fans and the media chased the team and it’s newest accessory, the Stanley Cup, around Chicago today.
From its touchdown early this morning at O’Hare, to the rounds at downtown bars and a few stops at the United Center, WGN’s Sean Lewis was following Lord Stanley on its first day back in the Windy City.
Raw: Stanley Cup and Hawks arrive at Market Bar Chicago
Rich King and Rocky Wirtz/Blackhawks Chairman