The Stanley Cup is on the move.
Moments after the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, the team was presented with Lord Stanley's Cup. After a champagne-soaked celebration in the visitors' locker room in Boston, the team and its prize were on a plane back to Chicago.
Neither the team nor its fans let the lateness of the arrival at O'Hare on Tuesday morning temper the party. The team touched down shortly after 4 a.m. and was greeted by a welcoming party that included about a dozen fire trucks and even more police cars, according to The Associated Press. Before each player gets his own day with the Stanley Cup, it will be the guest of honor at a series of celebrations in Chicago.
Although the official victory parade won't take place until later this week, the Blackhawks and the Cup were already out on the town early Tuesday morning.
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Duncan Keith closes the celebration with a congratulatory speech to the city of Chicago and works in a quote from 'Braveheart'.
Where will the Cup go next?
Blackhawks players award championship belt to team MVP Corey Crawford, who promptly drops the first parade f-bomb. Pure joy.— Hockey Central (@SNHockeyCentral) June 28, 2013
"We know we have the best fans in the world, and now you know you have the best hockey team in the world." - Pat Foley, Chicago Blackhawks TV announcer
This city is pretty darn great. pic.twitter.com/uMeuMwXof0— Nina Falcone (@NinaFalcone) June 28, 2013
#cuptracker Hossa carrying #StanleyCup to stage now— wheresTheCup (@StanleyCup411) 2 years ago
Another nice shot of the crowd at the Blackhawks victory parade from Comcast: pic.twitter.com/hRC18ohtLJ— Lori Schmidt (@LoriSchmidt) June 28, 2013
Broadcaster on CSN Chicago estimates there are around 3 million people at the Blackhawks parade. There was roughly 2 million in 2010.— SunbeltHockey.com (@SunbeltHockey) 11 months ago
Daniel Carcillo hinting that he may bring the #StanleyCup to the Rush Concert tonight in Tinley Park. #cuptracker #canadians— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) 4 years ago
#Blackhawks buses on the move, headed to crowds of fans. http://t.co/834GFcWULU http://t.co/1donXp8956— NBC Chicago (@nbcchicago) 5 years ago
Blackhawks Parade!! https://t.co/zaTcVnhfoF— Jake lackovic (@jakelackovic) 3 years ago
#Blackhawks buses pulling out United Center. Stanley Cup on the first bus, being held aloft by Capitan JonathanTowes. #cuptracker— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) 4 years ago
Trophies have been spotted! But where's the Cup? #cuptracker #blackhawks http://t.co/gflFIxykVx— Jason St. Angelo (@jaysaintNY) 2 years ago
Lots of Choppers overhead at United Center. Everyone's loaded up on 10 buses, 12 trolleys. Still no cup. #cuptracker— RedEye Chicago (@redeyechicago) 4 years ago
Chicago's own WGN-TV is broadcasting LIVE from the Chicago Blackhawks championship parade. Follow the link below to stream the whole thing.
Filling up here in Grant Park. #Blackhawks #BecauseItsTheCup http://t.co/wG3GuNqCAo— Carmen DeFalco (@CarmenDeFalco) 2 years ago