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article imageOp-Ed: The Stanley Cup returns to Chicago

By Michael Bearak     Jun 9, 2010 in Sports
It is hard to imagine what it is like to win a Championship on the professional level. Now the Blackhawks are getting to celebrate their Championship, the first in 49 years.
The Blackhawks and the Flyers faced off for six great games. It was hard working teams that took the ice for both teams. The Flyers had faced elimination on a regular basis and kept fighting back and winning, until Wednesday night, when Chicago was just too much for them.
For the Blackhawks it putting to rest 49 years of frustration. It was putting to rest the ghosts of the 1992 Stanley Cup loss to the Pittsburgh Flyers, when they were swept out of the play-offs in just 4 games.
This is another Championship to a city that seems to be starved for them as the Chicago Cubs have been nothing but one let down after another. The White Sox won the World Series in 2005, but have been virtually non-existent since then. The Chicago Bears won the Super Bowl in January of 1986, they returned 21 years later but lost to the Indianapolis Colts. Michael Jordan put the hopes of the city on his shoulders delivering six NBA Championships in eight years before retiring.
The Blackhawks who have shown periods of playoff absences including a five year stint at the end of 1990's and into the 2000's. They booed former owner Bill Wirtz, but have seemed to embrace his son Rocky, who has been willing to spend money, to demand a return to hockey prominence, and now has brought the city Lord Stanley's Cup once again.
It is hard to know if this team will stay together and be a contender for the next few years much like their neighbors the Detroit Red Wings, or New Jersey Devils. Really, that doesn't matter right now. What does is the fact that these young men are going to have a parade in their honor through the streets of Chicago. They have brought glory back to the city, to the 84 year-old franchise and they will have their names inscribed on the trophy with three other Blackhawk teams as well as over 200 other NHL players.
At the end of the game former Blackhawk, Jeremy Roenick had tears in his eyes as he watched his former team celebrate. He remembered a young boy who was crying as he skated off the ice after being swept in the 1992 Stanley Cup Finals and how that moment has stuck in his mind.
Now, it is 18 years later, but the Blackhawks have capitalized on their first visit back to the finals since 1992. So the Blackhawks, their city and their fans will get to celebrate again the victory and the return of their Champions.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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