words_Nick Engvall

For 49 years, the Stanley Cup has eluded the city of Chicago, but thanks to an overtime goal by wing-man Patrick Kane, the drought is finally over. Tears of joy from Blackhawks past and present flooded the Windy City last night after Kane put one past Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton. Although for a moment, it seemed Kane himself was the only person in the Wachovia Center that knew it went in the net. Despite the lack of light in the lamp, Kane’s celebration was too pure to leave any doubt that the Blackhawks had finally done it.

A Stanley Cup Championship is an emotional victory regardless of the circumstances, but for Chicago, there is more to it than many could imagine. Expectations for this young and talented team have been high since the beginning of the season, and in a city that loves hockey, that sometimes can be a heavier burden than hoisting the Stanley Cup above your head.

Tears from fans, current players, and legends of the Chicago Blackhawks history could have easily over flowed the Stanley Cup last night. From one of the greatest of all time, Bobby Hull, the last to win a Stanley Cup for the Blackhawks, watching from Chicago, to the last to feel the heavy burden of falling short of hoisting the Cup in 1992, long-time Blackhawk Jeremy Roenick, the emotions from players past proves the passion put in to Chicago Blackhawks history.

The Blackhawks didn’t win it easily, this year’s Cinderella story, the Philadelphia Flyers pushed the fairy tale story past midnight and into overtime. In the end, despite an incredible fight to bring them from one goal away from missing the playoffs, it wasn’t meant to be for the Flyers because this year the Stanley Cup was meant for the city of Chicago, the Blackhawks, and their fans.