Blackhawks Cup-celebration film '17 Seconds' debuts

Blackhawks Cup-celebration film '17 Seconds' debuts
October 30, 2013, 9:45 pm
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Seventeen seconds. Such a brief amount of time, but one in which so much can still be done. The Chicago Blackhawks found that out in interesting and stunning fashion on June 24 in Boston.

They’ve probably relived those 17 seconds in their minds a few times. On Wednesday, a movie will help fans relive it for a while longer.

The feature “17 Seconds,” a production by Blackhawks TV and Banner Collective, premiered at the IMAX Theatre at Navy Pier on Wednesday. Several Blackhawks brass attended the showing, which was an hour-long look back at the Blackhawks’ winning and celebrating the 2013 Stanley Cup.

Blackhawks president John McDonough will never forget the 17 seconds and the goals from Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland that occurred in that span.

“For us, lightning struck twice,” he said. “We score, you hope to get to overtime, and then when you’re done celebrating, either the goal light is still on (from the first goal) or it happened again. It was an incredible ending, it happened so quickly. It’s taken a couple of months to absorb all of it.”

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Those 17 seconds capped the Blackhawks’ season. In the movie, those 17 seconds mark the beginning. Featuring behind-the-scenes footage from Boston, the parade and player Cup days, “17 Seconds” is an encapsulation of another Cup dream realized.

“It’s some of the moments with the Cup in the community and seeing the power of the team, players, the Cup and what this moment meant to the city,” said Danny Wirtz of Banner Collective. “It’s an event everyone has a memory for, but this is seeing it in a different light. It’s fun looking at it through the editing lens.”

There are a few more Cup celebrations remaining for the Blackhawks. This film’s release is one of them.

“It tells you, really, how unique hockey players are,” McDonough said. “It also tells you, it’s not about where they are right now. It’s about where they came from and how important their youth was. You’re going to see what humility and innocence is about in professional sports, and I’m so proud of these young gentlemen, our coaching staff and organization.”