Chicago stores ready with Stanley Cup gear

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CHICAGO -- If the Blackhawks bring another Stanley Cup title to Chicago, championship merchandise will be ready for fans immediately following the win. That includes official locker room gear.

The store manager at the Sports Authority store at 620 North LaSalle Street admits it has been tough keeping Blackhawks gear on the shelves. Right now they are out of jerseys except for a couple of specialty ones. Othwewise it's T-shirts and a few hats, along with novelty items like a Stanley Cup hot air popcorn maker.

Right now, the store manager says he only has a skeleton crew working but he will beef it up much later.  And once the Blackhawks win -- out comes that Stanley Cup championship gear.

"The plan for tonight is, as soon as that game is over and we clinch the Cup we come out with the locker room T's, the locker room hats, and they'll be available in all sizes," Sports Authority store manager Tom McNeff told WGN.

Chicago Sports Authority locations will remain open after the game to accommodate Blackhawks fans and will also open early the next morning at 6 a.m.

If the Blackhawks do not win tonight, they'll do it all over again on Wednesday.

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