Every month in June, Chicago's gay community gathers to show pride on the North Side. But this month, Chicagoans have something else to be proud of: The Chicago Blackhawks.
As the Hawks make the rounds with their beloved Stanley Cup, members of the Chicago Gay Hockey Association have been trying to get some members of the Hawks to participate in the parade on June 27.
Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed reports that CGHA is waiting for a reply from the team. The parade invite was extended to all the Hawks players, coaches, broadcasters and personnel. Of course, the Cup is also welcome.
"We're optimistic, but we know the realistic chances of, say, Patrick Sharp or Jonathan Toews joining us for the Pride Parade are slim," CGHA president Andrew Sobotka told Sneed. "But who knows...our goal of having some of the players...skate alongside of us in the Pride Parade was to really let the Blackhawks know that there is a strong interest in hockey within the gay community."
"We would be honored to have the Hawks organization show their support by being there," CGHA member Tony Tiet told Sneed.