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|Blackhawks Fans Rally in Chicago
|Thousands of Blackhawks fans attended a parade and rally in Chicago Friday to celebrate the Stanley Cup champions.
The fans were there to applaud the players, who won the team's first championship since 1961, but as crepe paper confetti fluttered to the streets on the hot and humid spring day, team captain Jonathan Toews thanked the fans.
"Every single game we won, every single time we got closer to the cup, our ultimate goal, you guys got crazier, the city got crazier, and it's escalating right now," he said. "I just couldn't imagine it to get to this point. You guys are absolutely amazing. You make this special for us!"
The players, coaches and staff were on board open-roofed sightseeing buses for a roughly mile-long parade. They were then individually introduced as they took the stage for a rally. The final introduction was Toews, who carried with him the Stanley Cup.
The fans chanted "We got the cup," and the governor declared Friday Chicago Blackhawks Day in Illinois.
Though the Blackhawks hadn't won the cup since 1961, it has been in Chicago more recently: The Pittsburgh Penguins won it in Chicago in 1992.
(Illinois Radio Network)