After a Stanley Cup Final for the ages and another Blackhawks championship, RedEye wanted to hear from readers. We posed two questions:
1. Where were you when the Hawks won the Cup? Describe the scene and your celebration.
2. When you look back on the 2013 Blackhawks, what will you remember?
Editor's note: Answers are in alphabetical order.
J.R. Bang, 31, Bolingbrook
1. I was actually just waking up. I looked on Twitter and people were talking Game 7 and as soon as I turned to NBC the Blackhawks were hugging it out. I felt bad that I was asleep but I ran around my house like I was at the United Center.
2. The highs and lows. This team was celebrated for the lengthy streak at the beginning of the season and left for dead by hockey analysts during the Red Wings series only to hoist Lord Stanley's cup.
Paul M. Banks, 35, Gold Coast
1. I was at home in the Gold Coast. I went down to Rush and Division and tweeted, instagrammed and FlipShared all I saw. All was well. I interviewed a few policemen and they all said that their night had been pleasantly quiet. So kudos to Chicago for celebrating with class. I only had one drink. And my toast to my friends was simple: "A Victory For Josh [Mora] and Susannah [Collins]."
2. I'll remember the media aspect of it. I built my social media following during the Blackhawks run. My most popular tweets came in relationship to Blackhawks games and breaking news. The most important things I wrote were about Blackhawks media.
Adam Bayard, 25, Lincoln Park
1. I was watching at home with my roommates. I'm going overseas for two weeks the day after the game so I was going to pack for the first period and drive to meet other people at a bar, but it was at capacity before the first period ended so we watched at home.
2. They made hockey fun again and made it a little easier to follow the Rose-less Bulls.
Alex Beh, 30, Los Angeles
1. I was at the Escondite in downtown Los Angeles with all my close Chicago friends, and the place exploded with joy and excitement. No one knew we were going to win this one with 70 seconds left in the game. Everything changed, and we were elated.
2. I'll remember the dream team: Toews, Kane, Hossa, Crawford, and the boys. Seeing them at the United Center a few times this year was great. I'm proud of them and my cousin Annie Camins who works for the Hawks. She's getting another ring in the mail.
Scott Bolohan, RedEye contributor
1. Um yeah, I was by myself in my apartment. But I was party rockin' some hummus and pita chips. I'm still not sure I really believe they scored those two goals in the last minute.
2. I mean Andrew Shaw's face is pretty ingrained in my memory right now, but I would imagine it'll eventually be the start of the season when they actually made me consider that they wouldn't lose a game all year.
Sarah Bruce, 35, Wicker Park
1. I work in Wicker Park. I was working at Jerry's sandwich shop. Not your typical sports bar. Huge drop down screen with sound. Had the spill over from the crazy packed bars on Division. Awesome, excited crowd! Every second of the game we were all on our toes. Two goals in 17 seconds?! Are you kidding me?!! The sounds from inside the bar and out on the street were insane. The sound of the city came alive with 56 seconds left. I was so nervous and excited! Sick moment for all Hawks fans! In 2010 I was working at a bar in the South Loop. Still as, if not more, electrifying! Hawks baby!!!! Chitown for eva!!!!!
2. I would have to say the excitement of so many consecutive wins and looking forward to winning the Cup. I love how Chicago stands behind their teams and the love of the game.
Val Capone, 34, Roscoe Village
1. I opted for the low key atmosphere of Beat Kitchen in Roscoe Village. Known for their delish food and live music, many people wondered why I picked a non-sports bar to watch such an important game. Actually, Beat Kitchen is one of my favorite places to watch sports. It's the kind of place that will always have the game on up front and have an awesome band playing in the back room.
All of 30 people were in the room and all 60 eyes were turned to the action in Boston. I nabbed a seat at the end of the bar, just under one of their two flat screens, and set up my rally towels. One was from the 2010 Stanley Cup run, the other from Game 1 of the 2013 bid. Armed with those towels, my iPad, cell phone and some pretty excellent pizza, I was all set.
Over the course of the game my excitement translated into a flurry of towel swinging, Chelsea Dagger singing and some pretty choice words I'm sure Andrew Shaw could relate to. As soon as Coach Q pulled Crow I knew, I just KNEW we had this. Bickell's goal confirmed it and 17 glorious seconds later I had tears in my eyes when Bolland sealed the deal.
2. I'll definitely have mixed emotions when I look back on the 2013 season. As a bartender at the United Center and a skater for the Windy City Rollers since 2004, the NHL lockout was a bitter pill for me to swallow.
The shortened season turned into a fantastic roller coaster ride well worth the wait, however. The jam-packed schedule. The streak. The never-ending string of OTs. The trophies. The kind of victories that could only come from a team that somehow always found a way to dig deeper than their opponents. The kind of team that could only come out of Chicago.
Mike Cho, 34, Wicker Park
1. I manage the Wicker Park Tavern, and we had a packed house. The final minute of the game, the entire crowd was losing it! When the clock expired, the house really erupted! Our staff sprayed confetti and champagne into the crowd. The North, Damen, and Milwaukee intersection filled up with dancing, cheering Blackhawks fans for about an hour. We had our windows open and we cranked Chelsea's Dagger on repeat! After a while, the cops told us to turn our music off because it was "inciting the riot."
2. When I look back on the 2013, labor-shortened Blackhawks season, I'll always remember how incredible our team was. From the 24-game NHL all-time record point streak, to winning the Presidents' Trophy, to coming back from a 3-1 series deficit to the hated Red Wings, and finally hitting two goals in the final minute and a half of the clinching game of the Stanley Cup Finals, I'll forever remember that the 2012-2013 Chicago Blackhawks were the best hockey team in the world, period.
Jesse Cohen, 29, Victoria, British Columbia
1. I just bought a projector and was streaming the game onto it through my laptop. It was fresh because I could watch while cooking dinner. I just finished eating, had my iTunes on shuffle and some old Do or Die Alpha & Omega came on. A minute later the Hawks had come back and won the Cup.
The first goal I just threw my fists in the air. The second goal was almost anti-climactic. I didn't want to turn the game off, so I watched the interviews. Honestly felt a little homesick, but also gave me another notch on my south-of-the-border bragging belt. Would've loved to party back home, but I can honestly say I was glad that there wasn't a constant stream of car horns blaring through my window.
2. Didn't realize that Patrick Kane was a redbeard. Also that buzzer beater game we watched in Pequod's was pretty dope. (Ed. note: the March 6 win over Colorado, capped off by Carcillo's game-winning goal.) Most of all though, I'll remember Toews's post-game interview talking about the ups and downs of the playoffs and saying something along the lines of: no matter how good you are you still have to earn it.
Bryan Crawford, RedEye contributor
1. I was sitting at home in the bed watching. When they scored the tying goal I was like, "YES!!" And then when they scored the winning goal like 30 seconds later I was like, "Holy, sh*t!! WTF just happened?!"
2. I'm not really a hockey fan like that and I didn't start watching until the Stanley Cup Finals this year (I watched none of the Stanley Cup Finals the last time the Blackhawks won). It's a really intense game, and I'll always the remember the 2013 Blackhawks for getting me into hockey.
Quin Crawford, 31, Wrigleyville
1. I was at The Green Lady on Lincoln. I went crazy in Wrigleyville in 2010 and took two days to recover! I needed to be realistic this year – having a fiance makes me more responsible!
2. I will remember the Blackhawks making the labor dispute an afterthought after the greatest start of all time. I will remember winning the first Presidents Cup in years. I will remember coming back from down 3-1 in the 2nd round to win in OT in Game 7 against Detroit! I will remember the last playoff series between Chicago & Detroit that we might see for a very long time. I will remember being in Boston when we clinched the Western Conference and trash-talking with all the Bruins fans. I will remember winning the Stanley Cup yet again!!!
Clay Estabrooke, 31, Lincoln Park
1. I was at Vaughan's on Sheffield for the game. Got caught in the tsunami on the walk over. A wall of rain from the street to the clouds. It was super intense and I was DRENCHED. I was also wearing my classic American flag pants and camo. That's the getup I wore for the last two wins at Vaughan's and no way I was going to break the streak. The emotional swing from a probable Game 7 to overtime to a win in less than two minutes was insane with a collective atmosphere I wish could be bottled. Very rare, very special. Drinks flying everywhere, deafening cheers, hugs, high-fives… it was an instant party! All of Chicago celebrating as one. So cool. I'll never forget those few minutes. Impossible. Then we hit the streets …
2. The Stanley Cup is back in Chicago for two main reasons: depth & character. We all know who the stars of the club are and they played awesomely. At the same time, the Hawks' 3rd and 4th lines can compete with anyone in the league. They play with heart and passion, but most importantly they know their role and they know it well. This gave Coach Q the flexibility to switch up lines on the bench to get the best matchups on the ice. It helps Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews focus on what they do best.
The next is character and I think it reflects what this city is all about. They work hard, grind it out, and when (not if) they get their chance they strike. It must be very unsettling to play against a team as awesomely explosive as the Hawks. Their play isn't always pretty, but the character and cohesiveness of the squad kept my finger far far away from the panic button ALL YEAR. I'm so proud of the Chicago Blackhawks and the City of Chicago. It's a great win for 'Merica and the Dream.
Jason Garcia, 31, Wheeling
1. I'm currently at corporate training in, of all places, Lancaster, PA! I was at the hotel bar. When I first got there, they had multiple TV's and none of them had the game on! I had to ask the bartender three times to put the game on. The bar was loaded with townies and most of them were Flyers fans rooting for Boston. They were still salty from 2010. If it was any other team I'm sure they would not have been rooting for a rival east coast team.
With about five minutes left, some guys next to me said, "Looks like its going to Game 7." I sat there quietly, not believing that it was going to come down to one game, but the outlook was not good. When they scored the tying goal I went nuts and was pumped for overtime. Everyone was starring at me. 17 seconds later with the game-winner, I erupted and got the same reaction. This time everyone looked dumbfounded. Boy was I proud to be from Chicago.
2. I will most remember how much this team played team hockey. They bought into a system and believed in and trusted each other. The streak to start the year had me feelin' Stanley Cup all the way. What a playoff run by a well deserving team.
Curtis Shaw Flagg, 28, Belmont Gardens
1. I was running to my car after work to try and catch overtime. By the time I got in my car to turn it on, horns were honking all up Broadway and Belmont. I immediately drove to Wrigley before the "riot." Watched the streets fill like ants to a piece of food
2. I will remember excellence and perseverance. A team that fought to stay on top all the way to the end. And the birth of a dynasty....
Jimmy Greenfield, RedEye contributor
1. I was standing up way too close to the TV in my living room with four people I love inches away from me doing the exact same thing. We hugged each other fiercely, then my 6-year-old looked at the TV and cried out in horror, "I missed the celebration!" TiVo, I owe you one.
2. Emailing hopes, fears, and necessary links with my brother Bobby Greenfield and our friend, Chris Malcolm. Love those guys, love this team.
Tim "Sgt. Tibs" Hanrahan, 25, Lakeview
1. Amongst a handful of friends at my apartment, leading a mix of loud and disbelieving cheers 17 seconds apart.
2. The numbers 17 (as in seconds) and 24 (as in consecutive games without a loss).
Frank Holland, WGN anchor
1. I was asleep until the game-winning shot! My whole building erupted in cheers. Then I had to TRY and go back to bed.
2. I will think of their streak during the regular season and how clutch they were all year!
Katharina Holst, 29, Germany
1. I watched the game at home in Wiesbaden with my fellow EuroHawks girls. We slept before and got up at 2 am to watch it live.
To me, this was the perfect game to prove why hockey is so special. First period you thought, "Holy hell, this'll be tough!" Then you watch the game develop and all of a sudden everything changes within 17 seconds.
2. A team that despite all the negative talk during a lockout exceeded all expectations, played well under pressure, and proved they could overcome missing key players due to injuries during the season and have younger players step up. A team that managed to keep their cool and calm and come back from being behind, fight through frustrating games and keep the positive attitude to win it in the end! My team, my favorite players and the guys I will always cheer for, no matter if they succeed or not!
Nicole Imara, 35, Logan Square
1. I was at home watching the game with my son. A lot of commotion and gunshots in the background.
2. All of the super intense overtime games!
Ian Jacobson, 29, Roscoe Village
1. I was at TD Garden when the Hawks won the cup! With two minutes left Boston fans were chanting, "We want the Cup." By the end, we were saying, "We've got the Cup!"
Most memorable moment was after the game when we were ice side, and Crawford skated over. We started chanting MVP, MVP! The smile on his face was unforgettable!
2. When I look back I will remember how we always found a way to win! Games 6 and 7 of the Detroit series, and the cup Clincher, embody that to the fullest! And Game 2 vs. L.A.! But we owned that series! Haha.
Katie Kendall, 28, West Town
1. I was on the couch working. I was so tired and wasn't feeling well, so I sorta zoned out. It wasn't till the game-winning goal that I realized it. I heard a ruckus outside and walked out on the balcony. The girls across the street yelled woo at me and I waved. They woo'ed louder because I didn't woo back. I annoyed them with my lack of woo. It was all internal.
2. I need to start externally wooing.
Len Kendall, 29, West Town
1. I was in my office on Skype having a business meeting. Halfway through I heard loud cheers and fireworks outside. I knew the Hawks had won, and I had missed it.
2. How interested the Blackhawks got me to be in hockey in general. I look forward to watching more games next year and not just the playoffs.
Phil Kijak, 31, Lakeview
1. Dark Horse, Sheffield Avenue. Bickell scored and the place exploded. 17 seconds later Bolland scored and the place sounded like a jet engine. People everywhere, standing on chairs, bartenders throwing napkins in the air. It was sublime.
2. The 2013 team may go down as our best ever. Complete, deep, and full of characters who battled through the toughest playoffs in history to get the Cup.
Desirae Kirchmeier, 33, Streeterville
1. Division Ale House. Within seconds I was drenched in beer and champagne. The streets were a BLAST. I don't think there's a kitchen left in the city with tinfoil. People running around covered in tinfoil sculpted like Lord Stanley's cup, shirtless, pantless with various celebratory messages written on them in Sharpie. Huge props to the Chicago police department for dealing with us.
2. Shaw taking a puck to the face, that last minute twenty seconds, and the epic time I'm going to have at the parade.
Julian Lapkus, 31, Evanston
1. I was at home in Evanston watching the game alone. Having a newborn doesn't exactly lend itself to watching the game on Division. It got pretty crazy outside - there was a car alarm that went off for a few minutes, followed by a dog barking, followed by another guy checking his car alarm. Seeing as how that woke my boy up, that's about as wild as I'd like it to be. That didn't stop me from yelling at the TV for those wild 17 seconds, though!
2. The streak and the multiple comebacks, from the Wings series to Game 6. An extremely resilient team.
Tapanga Lee, 34, far South Side
1. I was at work listening to the radio. When it reached the two-minute mark, I ran down to the break room to watch. It was just two other co-workers… when they won we were screaming so loud that people came in to see what was going on! It was truly an amazing night on the job!!
2. The main thing I remember about this season is the Hawks making the cover of Sports Illustrated with it saying, "The franchise that brought hockey back." To see the Hawks on that cover...words can't describe!
Pete McMurray, RedEye contributor
1. My house. I wanted to be focused, communicate with my seven brothers, and be there with my wife Sara & seven-year-old son Charlie, who are BIG Hawks fans. My son fell asleep, missed the 3rd, so we watched again the next morning. Amazing! And they won again on DVR!
2. March 12, 2013, Sports Illustrated Cover: "The Franchise that Brought Hockey Back." I immediately called my oldest Brother Ed Mic (who got the whole family into hockey years ago), and said, "We need to plan on getting playoff tickets. Start working your contacts NOW! We are going to win the Stanley Cup!"
Sue Naiden, 41, Lincoln Square
1. I was watching the game at home when the Hawks won. I screamed when the game-winning goal was made, and all of my dogs jumped up and started running around my apartment barking.
2. I will always remember being in the stands at the UC while Jim Cornelison belted out the National Anthem and the crowd roared. To then sit and watch three epic series was a dream come true.
Joe Nunez, 33, Los Angeles
1. I was at a bar in downtown Los Angeles (with about 75-80 Chicagoans/Blackhawks fans) called The Escondite. It's not a sports bar at all but for hockey, it's insane. The sound for the game was run through a sound board that is meant for live bands that perform there every night. Schlitz "Tall Boys" are served up more than the usual craft beers and IPA's. Pretty much everyone was in a Blackhawks jersey, t-shirt, or wearing red. It's a Monday night and this place is packed! And why not? It's The Stanley Cup Finals and the Chicago Blackhawks are playing to win it AGAIN!!!
We are down 2-1 with minutes left in the game. The mood is a bit somber, resigned. Every idiot sportscaster on ESPN, the NHL Network, and SportsCenter said that Boston would win tonight, in their "house." With two minutes left, there's NO WAY the Blackhawks will pull off a goal, let alone two to win it! Everyone's mentally preparing for Game 7. "It's fine. Gonna win it in Chicago!" my friend says as he high-fives me. Some ask their waitress for their tab. A few more run off to the restroom.
Then, it happens. With a minute-sixteen left in the game, Bryan Bickell scores the game-tying goal!!! Holy shit! Holy shit!!! Overtime!!! We like overtime! The Blackhawks LOVE overtime! Renewed hope! We can do this! Even if we don't win in OT, who cares? We got Game 7! The whole bar is screaming at the top of their lungs, people jumping, fists pumping, high-fives all around. The owner of the bar, Brian, turns on the siren light that's affixed to the center arch of his beautiful, carved mahogany bar. He sounds his air pumped goal horn. Huge, goofball smile on his face from ear to ear with his crazy, bug eyed, grey-bearded face. It's ON, baby!
But before we can even stop jumping and high-fiving, another roar from the bar. What just happened??? What!!! Bolland!!! Oh my God! Fifty-eight seconds left in the game and we just scored again????!!! Are you kidding me???!!! The game announcer informs us that it took Chicago only 17 seconds to score what could potentially be the game-winning goal.
There are still 58 seconds left in the game and don't count Boston out. They have been in this situation before. Really? Okay. At this point, I am just as shocked as the Bruins. But my elation and joy are outweighing the doubt and humility of giving Boston a chance. We have just witnessed a miracle. A literal Act of God. You are kidding yourself if you don't believe there is a God because He/She helped His/Her favorite hockey team score TWO GOALS to tie and win Lord Stanley's Cup in SEVENTEEN BLISSFUL SECONDS! The entire city of Boston, the Bruins, the world, were in utter shock and awe over what they had just seen.
It's like a scene in a Greek war epic where the evil general is killed by the hero/conquerer in their "at last" man-to-man sword fight. And when the bad guy finally gets the sword speared into his gut, he looks directly into the eyes of his most worthy and dominating adversary, whispering his killer's name with his last breath as he falls to his knees in death.
That's exactly what the Bruins went through in the final minute of that game last night. Exactly.
Counting down the last seconds to victory was amazing. We all just knew. It was ours. It was always OURS. The whole season was ours! We have THE greatest professional hockey team in the history of the sport! Seriously. As the clock counted down to zero, the cheers and the goal horn and the high-fiving and the unbelievable feeling of being together with my "Chicago family" in a place that is not Chicago, came down to this. But it felt sooo much like home because I was with people that I love from home. I'm being very cheesy here, but THEY are what make it home.
After the presentation of the Cup, I proceeded to get stupid drunk and go with four friends to a tattoo parlor on Hollywood Blvd. to get a Blackhawk tomahawk tattoo that I couldn't get because it was too late and I was too drunk.
But I have an appointment to get it done Thursday.
2. My friends.
Alex Quigley, RedEye contributor
1. Jumping around my living room with my family like pogo sticks, singing "We WON the STAN-ley CUP!" in time with our bounces.
2. Oh yeah. I'll think of The Streak. Seabrook's playoff OT bombs. The magic bullet game-winner vs. Boston in Game 1. The complete lack of worry that this team wasn't going to win the Stanley Cup.
Jen Rhodes, 26, Lakeview
1. In 2010, I was at the Dark Horse on Clark/ Sheffield for Game 6. In 2013, I was at the Dark Horse once again. Clark was calm right after the game, but within a half hour, the streets were full and it was high-five city!
2. When I look back on the 2012/2013 season, I think about watching games with my family, (Hawks games are a tradition), watching with so many new friends, and in random situations: while working late, listening in the car, streaming on my phone, in Denver, and all around the city. It's been a great season full of great memories and new friends.
Paul Sajovec, 43, Lakeview
1. Sitting at my kitchen table hoping the fireworks and helicopters didn't wake up my 4-month old twins.
2. Coming back against the Red Menace from a 3-1 deficit.
Elliott Serrano, RedEye contributor
1. I was home watching it on television. When the final seconds ticked off the clock and ran around the house screaming like a loon. My dog thought I was crazy.
2. How everyone said they hated hockey because of the lockout, but quickly forgave it when the Blackhawks went on their record win streak to start the season.
</iframe<br /><br /><p><strong>Marc Silverman, ESPN 1000</strong></p><p>1. I was at home. Went low key after attending Game 5 as a fan. The last truly big Chicago sporting event I watched at home instead of attending in person or watching in a bar was the Bartman game. I had a chilled bottle of champagne ready for that 2003 night. Of course, I never got to taste a drop. 10 years later, I finally got to celebrate in my house with a different bottle. Hawks!</p><p>2. I'll remember a few numbers from the 2013 season. #24. 24 games to start the season without a regulation loss. #2. The amount of game winning goals it took to win Game 7 vs Detroit. #17. 17 seconds to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat to win the cup. Whenever you say "17 seconds," you'll flash back to the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals.</p><p>.</p><p><strong>Sarah Spain, ESPN 1000</strong></p><p>1. I was with a dozen or so of my friends (and several hundred happy strangers) at The Fifty/50 on Division. We were sitting upstairs at a big table littered with the remains of 60+ wings and nearly as many beers. When Bryan Bickell tied things up we immediately jumped out of our chairs and started high-fiving and hugging anyone we could find. Repeat that scene after Bolland's score but up the intensity by about tenfold. I got so excited, jumping up and down screaming, that I felt like a vein in my head was going to explode. Looking over the railing into the downstairs area of the bar people were already spraying bottles of champagne all over each other. It was a quite a scene.</p><p>2. The point streak that started it all and the unbelievable finish that ended it. Oh and Andrew Shaw's face. What an animal.</p><p>Despite being a shortened season, this year felt as complete as any other, with plenty of drama and so many memorable moments, games and stretches. We Blackhawks fans got absolutely spoiled with this team, these players and this season.</p><p>.</p><iframe width="600" height="338" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/S-h46vxck4g?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>
Ernie Scatton, 42, Oak Park
1. Home with my daughters Kayla (13) and Kaia (11) going absolutely apeshit in front of the TV. I hyperventilated I was screaming so much! My daughters were cheering but also looking at me very strangely. They have never seen me on championship night!
2. Heart, determination, and speed. They were never out of any game. They were the epitome of winners! Also the way the team liked each other. I've never seen an organization that seems like they care about each other so much. Simply amazing!
Jeanne Wrenn, 41, Rogers Park
1. We were jumping up and own on our couch with our rescue dog Brandon Saad, screaming and barking at the top of all of our lungs.
2. The unrelenting streak of 24 wins. The never-say-die heart, determination and never-give-up play of Crow and company. Rescuing Brandan Saad, the greatest dog ever, at the start of the playoffs, and watching the Hawks advance in every game with our new beloved dog by our side!
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