CHICAGO (CBS) — Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz spoke for all of Chicago on Thursday when he said celebrating a Stanley Cup championship will never get old, no matter how many times the team pulls off the feat.
“It’s an exciting day today,” Wirtz said. “Why not try to do four? We’re at three now, let’s do four.”
The Blackhawks won their third Stanley Cup in six years on Monday, when they shut out the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-0, in Game 6 at the United Center, the first time the Blackhawks won it all on home ice since 1938.
Wirtz also had the joke of the day.
“Did anyone notice we had rain a little rain on Monday night?” Wirtz said. “I didn’t see any Lightning.”
Hundreds of thousands of Blackhawks fans crowded downtown streets to watch the Stanley Cup parade on Thursday, and more than 60,000 packed into Soldier Field for the victory rally afterward.
Later Thursday, the city estimated that two million fans lined the parade route and area surrounding Soldier Field during the rally.
“You guys never cease to amaze me,” coach Joel Quenneville said as he took the stage.
Star winger Patrick Kane was the first Blackhawk to take to the podium, introducing captain Jonathan Toews, who walked out with the Stanley Cup as cannons went off in the background. There was also a flyover.