On the day of the parade and rally that will celebrate their 2013 Stanley Cup championship, the Chicago Blackhawks took out a full-page ad in the Boston Globe thanking the Bruins and the city of Boston. Signed by team chairman Rocky Wirtz and president and CEO John McDonough, the letter opens witih a salute to their rivals in the Stanley Cup Final for displaying respect and good sportsmanship: "Hockey is a tough game. As impressed as we were by the strength, talent and competitive spirit of the Boston Bruins on the ice, we were deeply touched by what happened off the ice. Rarely have we experienced the hospitality you afforded us throughout the playoff series between two incredibly gifted teams." The Hawks rallied with two late goals in Game 6 for a 3-2 victory that gave them their second Cup title in the last four seasons. The letter concludes with a reference to the Boston Marathon bombings: "Like the rest of the world, Chicagoans have been reminded in recent days of Boston's strength. Please know we tip our hat to your city's big heart and gracious spirit. You lead by example and have set the bar very high for others to follow."
Hawks thank Bruins, city of Boston in full-page ad
Chicago Tribune | Jun 28