Words can not begin to describe the range of emotions I felt tonight. I have been a Chicago Blackhawks fan for a very, very long time. I suffered through seeing a once proud and revered franchise turned into the laughing stock of not only the NHL but the sports world in general. The revival of this organization to its rightful glory as a storied Original 6 franchise became complete tonight with Patrick Kane's overtime goal in Game 6, on the road, in Philadelphia.
The fact that I was able to attend home games and interact with the players in the locker room was icing on the cake and an experience I will never, ever, forget. I'd like to publicly thank my partners at Sportsology.net and CardCornerClub.net, Doug Cataldo and Russ Cohen and our contacts at the NHL for this once in a lifetime experience.
It has been 49 years since the Hawks last won the Stanley Cup, 1961, led by HOF legends Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull. In that period of time another Original Six team the Montreal Canadiens have won The Cup, get this 12 TIMES, the Edmonton Oilers, 5 times, the New York Islanders,Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Redwings and the Pittsburgh Penguins 4 times each. Even the Hawk's Stanley Cup opponents, the Philadelphia Flyers, have won it twice since then. It is said to be the hardest trophy in all of sports to win, and MY team, the 2010 Chicago Blackhawks are finally, in my lifetime, Stanley Cup Champions.