Monday morning's groundbreaking of the Bulls' practice facility happened right across the street from the United Center, which ironically will host the Blackhawks in a mere 48 hours.
Blackhawks president and CEO John McDonough attended the ceremony and spoke on his excitement level as his team prepares to square off against the Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final.
"We're very happy to be here but we realize that there's one significant step to go and it's kind of a business-like approach. We're happy about it." he told CSNChicago.com. "We're past three rounds and every round is like a heavyweight fight, it really is. So we've got one more left. The fans are feeling it, the players are feeling it, the organization's feeling it, but it's great. There's no place that we would rather be."
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Like every fan who watched Patrick Kane's hat-trick performance in Game 5--which clinched the Western Conference for the Blackhawks--McDonough said the drama-inducing finish is enjoyable...now that it's over and the Blackhawks are moving on.
"The game on Saturday night, there was a lot of drama, maybe a little bit more drama than I would have wanted. But the conclusion was great. We're in the place that we wanted to be. There's 30 teams, there's two teams left and we're happy to be one of them.
"It's taken a great effort from Rocky Wirtz, our owner, and Stan Bowman, with the incredible players that he's provided to Joel, and the great job Joel has done coaching him."
The Bruins were able to dispose of the top-seeded Penguins in the Eastern Conference final in four games, and McDonough knows the lack of familiarity and physical style of play should make it, yes, yet another dramatic series against a talented opponent.
"We have not played any team from the East yet this year, so it's going to be an interesting matchup," he said. "That hasn't happened before, obviously, because of the labor issues, but I think it's going to be a tough series, and hopefully we prevail. But I have great, great respect for the Boston Bruins."