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The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks arrived home early Tuesday morning at O'Hare airport. As it was in 2010, Chicago Fire Department fire trucks doused the airplane with water as it taxied down the runway.
Michal Handzus led the team off the plane, hoisting the Stanley Cup over his head in jubilation as onlookers cheered. The 36-year-old Bolland, who was traded to the Blackhawks at the trade deadline, was handed the Stanley Cup by captain Jonathan Toews after Toews received it from Gary Bettman on the ice of the TD Garden.
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Handzus was followed by Game 6 hero Dave Bolland, who scored the game-winning goal with 58 seconds remaining. It was the second goal for Chicago in a 17-second span--Bryan Bickell's rebound had tied the game at 2.
The rest of the team piled off the plane, some with cans of beer in their hands, as onlookers snapped photos and videos with their phones. Patrick Kane was one of the last players off the plane, holding the Conn Smythe Trophy. Kane won the Playoffs MVP award after racking up 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) in 23 games for the Blackhawks.
The team then boarded two buses and headed to Harry Caray's in Rosemont, where reportedly 1,000 fans were waiting to greet them.
Here's a full rundown of the Cup's journey through Chicago:
6:30 a.m.: Scout in the South Loop
Cop outside Pony says he's heard Hawks won't show. They're at Scout in South Loop right now. Duped? Distracted? #cuptracker.— Mick Swasko (@swasko) June 25, 2013
7:45 a.m.: The Cup is on the move again
#cuptracker The Cup has left The Scout— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) June 25, 2013
9 a.m.: Nobody seems quite sure where the Cup is, but there was definitely a detour in between Scout and the supposed next stop on the trip -- Pony on Belmont (where the Blackhawks took the Cup after the 2010 championship). Rumor has it the Cup actually went to Coach Quenneville's house:
If rumor is true, the Cups going to Qs house in LAGRANGE right now. Drink up, guys. #cuptracker.— Mick Swasko (@swasko) June 25, 2013
As of 10:15 a.m., nobody could confirm where the Cup was, but then rumors started swirling that it was at York Tavern in Oak Brook. No proof was provided, however.
Cup now out in the western suburbs. York Tavern in Oak Brook. #cuptracker— Eddie Moy (@RunEddieRun) June 25, 2013
While we don't have any documentation or proof of where the Cup was between 7:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., we know where it was at 10:45 a.m. -- at the United Center:
The Cup is still at the UC but they are now being showcased in the windows:
-- Lauran Berta (@Lauran Berta) June 25, 2013
ABC 7 tweeted that the Cup has left the United Center about five minutes ago:
We will keep an eye out to see where it will end up.
A picture of the Cup leaving the United Center:
Looks like the Cup is back at the United Center after a long day of meeting it's biggest fans:
You can also follow the Cup's journey via a handy map from Google.
After a much-needed nap, the Stanley Cup has been spotted and appears to be ready for a night on the town:
A 'tired' Patrick Kane makes his way into Market in the video below:
While the Cup is currently being passed around Market in Chicago, WWE star and Chicago-native CM Punk got his chance to hoist the holy grail:
The Cup takes a seat next to Brent Seabrook, Andrew Shaw and others at the rooftop of Market:
It appears as if the Stanley Cup is back on the road again. Rumors are it's en route to Rockit in Chicago:
Cupdate. On the bus, going to Rockit pic.twitter.com/RYs3Vkm7q9— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) June 26, 2013
Conn Smythe winner Patrick Kane kisses and shows the Stanley Cup off at Rockit on Hubbard:
Chicago entrepreneur and owner of Rockit Billy Dec poses for a picture with Kane and the Stanley Cup:
Looks like the Cup and the Blackhawks had a fun night crowd surfing at the Board Room:
- David Lee (@DaveKill) June 26, 2013
Sometime throughout the night, the Hawks and the Cup made a visit to American Junkie:
-CJ Dugan (@CeeJayDugan8m) June 26, 2013
The Cup then headed to Tinley Park with Daniel Carcillo and rocked out with Rush on stage on Friday night.