The potential attendance numbers for the Chicago Blackhawks’ 2010 Stanley Cup parade were truly an estimate – or perhaps a guess-timate.
“They were expecting a couple hundred thousand people, and the sound of that blew me away,” captain Jonathan Toews said. “I just remember seeing people on every street, every corner, and looked like more than a couple hundred thousand people. It was surprising to see that support.”
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That couple hundred thousand was actually closer to two million, according to post-parade estimates. And for the Blackhawks, the ones who took part in the 2010 parade or those who will get their first go-around today, it promises to be an eye-popping day.
The Blackhawks’ 2013 Stanley Cup parade begins around 10:30 a.m. from Washington and Des Plaines. CSN will televise the event live and also stream it on CSNChicago.com. The post-parade rally will be in Hutchinson Field in Grant Park.
For the Blackhawks, it’s another day of celebrating in a week that’s been full of them. They and the Stanley Cup have made the rounds at some of Chicago’s establishments the past few nights. Today, the city shuts down – well, a good amount chunk of its streets do, anyway – for what promises to be another memorable parade.
“It’ll be even crazier than the last one. Just have to make sure I’m sober for it,” Dave Bolland said with a grin.
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All kidding and potential inebriation aside, the Blackhawks were still awed by their 2013 accomplishments when they met with the media on Thursday. There was plenty of talk comparing this team to the 2010 Cup winner, talk about the crazy 17 seconds in Game 6 that led to this Cup and, of course, the crowds likely awaiting them along Washington Boulevard/Street today.
“I’m excited for this parade. I hear it was unbelievable last time,” said Andrew Shaw. “I can’t wait to see it.”
Corey Crawford got a taste of it in 2010 – the parade, anyway. But this time it’ll take on a whole new meaning.
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“It was pretty cool,” said Crawford. “But to be part of the team all year long (this time), it’s going to be pretty special.”