Hockey Hall of Fame - Stanley Cup Journals: 2010, 02

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane interview with ESPN.
Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane interview with ESPN.
(Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame)
Following a Stanley Cup championship, the victors enjoy the fruits of their labours by spending the summer with the greatest trophy in sports. While the schedule for individual players' days with the Cup is being finalized, the team takes advantage of the Cup's availability to parade around in celebration.

On Sunday, June 13, the Stanley Cup went on a lunch hour boat cruise. While Skipper Quenneville did not make the trip, the seafaring crew of Adam Burish, Marian Hossa, Cristobel Huet, Tomas Kopecky, Andrew Ladd and John Madden did.

Afterwards, the Hawks gathered en masse to visit Wrigley Field, where an inter-league contest pitted Chicago's Cubs against the White Sox. Prior to June 9, the Blackhawks had held the dubious mark for hockey futility, having last celebrated a Stanley Cup victory in 1961. But the sadsack Cubs are even further humbled. Their last championship took place in 1908, so any chance to stage a championship celebration at venerable Wrigley Field is a welcomed sight for sports fans.

Colin Fraser and Brent Seabrook pose with the Stanley Cup during a lunch hour boat cruise.
Colin Fraser and Brent Seabrook pose with the Stanley Cup during a lunch hour boat cruise. (Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame)
Twenty-five minutes prior to the start of the ballgame, the Blackhawks emerged from a gate in the right field corner. The players, wearing their jerseys, were joined by the coaches as they did a full circuit of the field with their theme song, the Fratellis' 'Chelsea Dagger,' all but drowned out by the ear-piercing cheers of the crowd.

The Stanley Cup was then placed on the mound, and all three teams – the Hawks, Cubs and Sox – had a photo taken. Coach Joel Quenneville then hoisted the Stanley Cup behind homeplate, joined by his counterparts, Lou Piniella of the Cubs and Ozzie Guillen of the White Sox. "That was cool," said Quenneville. "I thought that was great. They were both excited about touching the Cup."

John McDonough, the president of the Hawks and long-time marketing executive of the Cubs, reeled back and delivered the ceremonial first pitch, bouncing the ball on its way to the plate. The Hawks' anthem singer, Jim Cornelison, then delivered a flawless national anthem.

At interleague baseball between the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs Jonathan Toews hands the ceremonial first pitch baseball to president of the Chicago Blackhawks and long-time marketing executive of the Cubs John McDonough.
Jonathan Toews hands the ceremonial first pitch baseball to president of the Hawks and long-time marketing executive of the Cubs John McDonough. (Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame)
With the game about to begin, Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, a Canadian and hockey fan (isn't that one and the same?) kissed the Cup for luck. On the Hawks way back to the right field corner, Patrick Sharp dug in and executed a perfect slide into second base, much to the delight of the fans and his own teammates.

In a tradition begun by the iconic Harry Caray, 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame' was sung by the crowd during the seventh inning stretch. This time, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith and Patrick Sharp led the refrain: 'For it's one! Two! Three strikes, you're out at the old ball game!'

The Hawks must have brought the hometeam Cubs luck. In the bottom of the seventh, Alfonso Soriano scored to provide the only run in the game. After the contest, the hockey heroes took the Stanley Cup out for a drink. After all, peanuts and Cracker Jack make you thirsty.

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Members of the Hawks, Cubs and White Sox pose for a group photo with the Stanley Cup.
Members of the Hawks, Cubs and White Sox pose for a group photo with the Stanley Cup. (Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame)
Word spread like wildfire that the Stanley Cup was headed to the airport on its way to Los Angeles on Monday, June 14, and a throng of well-wishers greeted the Hawks there. That afternoon (the show is taped during the day before airing later in the evening), the Cup visited 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.' The show opened with bandleader Ricky Minor talking with the Hawks about the Stanley Cup having been delivered earlier in the day. Just then, Leno roars into his parking spot, the Cup precariously perched on the hood of his car. Of course, the real Stanley Cup was locked away, and a prop was used to scare hockey fans.

At the end of the monologue, Jay introduced Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews, who emerged from behind the curtain with Kane hoisting Lord Stanley's Cup over his head. Jay talked with Seabrook about his devastating hits and with Keith about surrendering seven teeth in the series with the Sharks.

Defenseman Brent Sopel carries the Stanley Cup <br />around Wrigley Field.
Defenseman Brent Sopel carries the Stanley Cup
around Wrigley Field. (Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame)

Duncan then presented the host with a necklace, with a single molar attached to it. Toews then presented Jay with a Hawks jersey adorned with 'LENO' and the number 1.

The Hawks sat in with 'The Tonight Show' band while Jay hosted Josh Brolin, 'Twilight's' Ashley Greene and singer/rapper Cee-Lo.

After visiting with Jay Leno, the boys ventured over to ESPN for an interview. They then packed the Stanley Cup away so they could enjoy a peaceful dinner, but the trophy wasn't dormant long. After supper, the Hawks took the Cup to Industry, a sensational club with a blue-lit dancefloor at North LaCienega and Melrose in L.A.

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The Stanley Cup will be packed and flown back to Chicago, and we'll tell you all about their triumphant return in the next Stanley Cup Journal.


Kevin Shea is the Editor of Publications and Online Features for the Hockey Hall of Fame.



Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Jay Leno, Patrick Kane and Brent Seabrook posing for a photo with the Stanely Cup.
Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Jay Leno, Patrick Kane and Brent Seabrook posing for a photo with the Stanely Cup.
(Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame)

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