Blackhawks prideful as Cup celebration continues

Blackhawks prideful as Cup celebration continues
July 27, 2013, 4:15 pm
Share This Post
Nina Falcone

Andrew Shaw saw his father tear up for the first time. Bryan Bickell had a breakout postseason and earned himself a new four-year contract. Patrick Sharp had been down this road before, but said 2010 couldn't have prepared him for the season the Blackhawks just had.

Each player had their own unique experience when they lifted the Stanley Cup over their head just one month ago, but they all can agree it was a life-altering moment.

"It's pretty surreal, it's a dream come true," Shaw said at the annual Blackhawks Convention. "It's something I've worked for my entire life. To be a part of this organization, it's unbelievable and it's something I'll never forget for the rest of my life. I hope to be here for years to come."

[More: Hawks don't believe in Stanley Cup hangover]

Sharp was one of the lucky few to still call Chicago home following the 2010 championship run. Although he already experienced the excitement and newness that comes with winning your first Cup, he said this year's celebration was amplified.

"I still remember 2010, getting off the plane and seeing all the thousands of fans at the airport … You try to prepare yourself when you do it again, but I think it was an even bigger celebration this year."

Bickell was around for the victory three seasons ago, but he didn't see much time on the ice. This year was a different story, as he recorded nine goals and eight assists throughout the Blackhawks' postseason run.

"To be somewhat a part of that 2010 team and to see what it takes night in and night out to win that Cup… I'm fortunate this year to be a part of the team and help this team win," he said. "This year I got my name on the Cup -- it was my ultimate goal to do that."

[More: Respect the Indian head: Inside the Blackhawks' locker room]

The Blackhawks as a whole achieved their ultimate goal. Now they'll continue to enjoy the ride with their family, friends and fans as they aim to create the same experience again throughout the upcoming season.

"It's something you can't explain in words," Shaw said. "From the time we got back, (everyone) wanted to celebrate with us, and we're excited to celebrate with all of them as well. Being (at the Blackhawks Convention) with all the fans, it really shows how lucky we are here."