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Blackhawks take Stanley Cup around town

Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews carries the Stanley Cup after the Blackhawks beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 in overtime to win Game 6 of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey finals Wednesday, June 9, 2010, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
June 11, 2010 8:25:36 PM PDT
Ever since the Blackhawks won the championship there's been a new game in town. Spot the Cup!

Players have been lugging it all over Chicago since they brought it home Thursday morning.

The Cup was front and center Friday morning as it made it's way with the players down the parade route. Then it took a place of prominence on the stage as they all took a turn at addressing the crowd.

Lord Stanley's historic cup has only been in Chicago since early Thursday morning and already it's seen more of Chicago than some lifelong residents. It was on a bit of a pub crawl last night with players lugging it all over town, letting fans drink from it at Tavern on Rush. The party continued through at least half a dozen bars and restaurants before winding up in the early morning hours at the Underground.

Blackhawk players are like rock stars in Chicago right now.

"I'm absolutely speechless. People in this city rally around the team like this, it's something you could never dream of," said Kris Versteeg, Blackhawks player.

After the parade and rally, the players made their way into a party for the team and front office staff. Jon Maddon's son carried the Cup. Hawks matriarch Alice Wirtz, widow of late owner Bill and mother of current owner Rocky, got a chance to reflect.

"You can't believe how thrilled I am but I'm also choked up. My husband is up there with his brother, cheering all of us on," said Wirtz.

Later Patrick Kane took in the Crosstown Classic at Wrigley Field where fans were much more excited about the 'hawks than baseball. And Chelsea Dagger has become the summer anthem.

"Everybody was talking about when the Hawks were gonna show, if the Cup was gonna show," said Lisa Rago, Blackhawks Winger.

"I was very disappointed. I thought they'd at least have the cup there," said Adrienne Weber, Blackhawks fan.

ABC7 has learned the Cup will make an appearance at Wrigley Field on Sunday.


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