The Chicago Blackhawks held their Stanley Cup parade today in downtown Chicago.
While reports haven't filtered in yet as to how large the crowd was, thousands upon thousands packed themselves into a cross-section in the downtown core to see the team and, of course, the Stanley Cup. The parade had its share of small speeches, clown moments, including Kris Versteeg doing a small rap, and, what I thought was a nice gesture, having several former Hawk greats on hand join the team upon on stage.
WGN dedicated an hour of coverage to the parade and rally, which was held under a muggy temperature of 84 Farenheit or 29 Celsius.
Surprisingly, though, former WHLer Kyle Beach (Everett Silvertips, Lethbridge Hurricanes, Spokane Chiefs) was also there, and like every other player, former and current, the Kelowna resident was also in a Hawks jersey. Further, emcee and former Hawk Eddie Olczyk introduced Beach to the crowd.
Is this a sign foretelling Beach's future? I guess we'll have to wait and see......
But back to the parade. Here's a link with several clips. Scroll down and check out Patrick Kane's comments about cab drivers. Which team wouldn't love to have him on the roster?
In other news, the Seattle Thunderbirds have issued a press release regarding a search for a bone-marrow donor.
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We are writing to you today because we need your assistance to save the life of a female hockey player.
Mandi Schwartz, a 22-year-old member of the Yale women’s ice hockey team, has recently been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia for the second time. She is currently on her way from her hometown in Saskatchewan to Seattle, and within the next 30-45 days she will need to have a stem cell transplant to survive. A donor who is a perfect match has yet to be found. For more, click here.