Hockey Hall of Fame - Stanley Cup Journals: 2010, 04

Hawks coach Joel Quenneville brought the Cup to the Chicago Children's Memorial Hospital
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville brought the Cup to the Chicago Children's Memorial Hospital.
(Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame)
With the Stanley Cup in tow, the Chicago champions returned to the Windy City from California on Tuesday, June 15, greeted by a crowd so large that it took police, firefighters and airport security to get the boys and their Cup through O'Hare. The Cup visited the homes of a few of the players, but this was not their day with hockey's big prize. The Stanley Cup was taken to Brent Seabrook's house for photos, followed by a visit to the home of Duncan 'No Teeth' Keith. Ben Eager and Adam Burish joined David Bolland at his house for some time with the Cup.

The Stanley Cup returned to Wrigley Field for a rooftop visit but did not have to witness the Cubs' error-filled 9-5 loss to the Oakland A's.

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Andrew Ladd and Patrick Sharp brought the Stanley Cup for an interview with the Score 670 in Chicago
Andrew Ladd and Patrick Sharp brought the Stanley Cup for an interview with the Score 670 in Chicago. (Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame)
Wednesday, June 15 began with the Stanley Cup arriving for a little show & tell at the school attended by the children of both general manager Stan Bowman and forward John Madden. Then, Joel Quenneville took the Cup over to Chicago's Children's Memorial Hospital, the region's leading provider of pediatric specialty care. The kids were thrilled to bits to see the actual Cup up close and personally delivered by Coach Q.

President of the Hawks John McDonough shares a moment with the Stanley Cup
President of the Hawks John McDonough shares a moment with the Stanley Cup. (Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame)
Quenneville then took the Stanley Cup to the Stan Mikita Hockey School for the Hearing Impaired. Started by the Hawks' Hall of Famer in 1973, the school is enjoying its 37th year of allowing youngsters with hearing challenges to enjoy the great game of hockey without fears of dealing with people who don't understand the needs of deaf and the hard of hearing. The young athletes, under the tutelage of former NHL star Tony Granato, now an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins, thoroughly love the hockey school but were astonished to have a visit from the Stanley Cup. Granato, a Chicago native, has been involved with the hockey school since he was in college. Following hockey superstition, Granato refused to touch the Cup, having never been with a championship team and not wanting to jinx Pittsburgh's chances for next season.

A visit to a staff meeting at the United Center preceded a quick trip to 'The Ellen Degeneres Show' on Wednesday afternoon. Ellen is in Chicago for the city's Just For Laughs Festival and to tape 'Ellen's Somewhat Special Special' for TBS.

The Stanley Cup attended a rally
The Stanley Cup attended a rally in the village of
Elk Grove, IL. (Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame)
  President of the Hawks John McDonough takes part in a Stanley Cup parade
President of the Hawks John McDonough takes part in a Stanley Cup parade in the village of Elk Grove, IL. (Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame)

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The Stanley Cup Journal will flip a few more pages and tell you about the NHL Awards when we meet back here on Friday. Catch up with you again then!

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