The Blackhawks have a busy weekend ahead of them, but still took the time to thank the city of Boston and the Bruins for their warm welcome and for treating them as friends, not just the enemy team.
CBS Boston reported “through all of the hits and post-whistle pushing and shoving, it was clear there was a certain level of respect on the ice throughout the six-game series.”
As reported earlier on The Inquisitr, the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in six games.
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.
In a full-page ad that appeared in Friday’s edition of The Boston Globe, the Chicago Blackhawks shared an open letter to the people of Boston and the Boston Bruins.
The letter had been filled with warm feeling and appreciation towards the city and the opposing team.
Images of the letter are pooping up all over the place now, including Twitter:
Is thanking teams who you beat going to become a regular thing? Blackhawks ad in the Boston Globe http://t.co/07onDl3AOL
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) June 28, 2013
The letter reads as follows:
Thank you: An open letter to the Boston Bruins organization and the city of Boston
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.
On behalf of the Chicago Blackhawks organization and the entire Wirtz Corporation, we want to personally express our heartfelt appreciation to your city, the Bruins organization, and especially, the citizens of Boston for the remarkable welcome you showed our team and the many Chicagoans who visited.
From Boston’s political leadership to every member of the Bruins organization, from the players to the people on the streets, you demonstrated respect, good sportsmanship, and a genuine love for the great game of hockey.
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.
The Chicago Tribune reported Thursday that hundreds waited behind fences at O’Hare International Airport to welcome the team home from Boston.
“The team plane carrying the Blackhawks and their championship trophy touched down shortly after 4 a.m., taxiing between fire trucks shooting water into the air and coming to rest in front of a small throng of fans.”
The Chicago Blackhawks have returned home, and have a very busy weekend ahead of them, beginning with Friday’s parade.
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