Mayor Rahm Emanuel released a statement Monday night congratulating the Chicago Blackhawks on their Stanley Cup victory over the Boston Bruins.
"The City of Chicago is thrilled to congratulate our own Chicago Blackhawks on their hard-fought victory, once again bringing the Stanley Cup back to their sweet home Chicago,” Emanuel said. “Our best wishes go out to the Bruins and the city of Boston for a well-played series.
“In the past few months, the people of Boston have showed how they can pull together and the Bruins have represented that same spirit, demonstrating what makes Boston a truly world-class city. Our congratulations go out to Rocky Wirtz, Coach Joel Quenneville, the incredible Blackhawks players, and the whole Blackhawks family for their dedication and determination to make Chicago a championship city once again. The City of Big Shoulders stood shoulder to shoulder with the Blackhawks all season and we are all looking forward to welcoming them home as champions."
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Prior to the Stanley Cup Final, Emanuel initiated a wager with Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. Due to the Blackhawks victory, Emanuel will receive local foods from the city of Boston, tickets to the Huntington Theatre Company and Theo Epstein’s “Hot Stove, Cool Music” concert in Boston, tree plantings to be placed at a school of Emanuel’s choice and access to the City of Boston’s website for a day.
The Blackhawks are the first major professional sport team to win a championship during Emanuel’s tenure as mayor of Chicago.