Celebrating can be exhausting for Blackhawks
BY MARK LAZERUS firstname.lastname@example.org June 27, 2013 10:15PM
Patrick Kane, David Letterman
Updated: June 27, 2013 11:09PM
Patrick Kane spent 12 hours on Wednesday getting to and from New York for a six-minute interview with David Letterman. There are pictures floating around the Internet of Kane partying at a bar with a unicorn head on (“That wasn’t me,” a smiling Kane said after a long pause) and video of Jonathan Toews crowd-surfing at another bar (“That wasn’t me,” a smiling Toews said after a long pause). Most of the playoff beards are gone, but a few hangover shadows were evident Thursday morning.
“I haven’t slept today,” Marian Hossa said with a smirk. “Don’t tell this to my wife, please.”
Friday’s fun will be a little tamer — but a lot louder. The Hawks will enjoy their second championship parade in four years, riding double-decker buses from the United Center to Grant Park’s Hutchinson Field. The parade starts at Des Plaines and Washington at 10:30, and the rally at Hutchinson Field starts around 11.
“I think it’s going to be even bigger than the last one,” Bryan Bickell said. “That’s what I’ve been hearing. I don’t know how much you can top the last one, it was outstanding. It’s going to be a great experience I’ll never forget.”
The whole whirlwind celebration is like that, even if it takes a toll at the end of a grueling postseason.
“We’ll enjoy it for a little bit here,” Kane said. “I’m excited to get back home for summer and just relax. The last few days have been almost more tiring than the playoffs.”
Before the Hawks took the ice for their morning skate before Game 6 in Boston, Toews pulled Michal Handzus and Jamal Mayers aside and told them that if the Hawks won that night, he’d be handing the Stanley Cup first to Handzus, then to Mayers — two veterans who played a combined 29 seasons before becoming champions.
Mayers, who didn’t play in the playoffs but played a key role as a behind-the-scenes leader, said it was a classy move by a great leader.
“It’s just a testament to the type of leader he is, and person, to have the foresight to have that perspective,” Mayers said. “He’s turned into an unbelievable leader. . . . It reminds me of what people used to say about [Mark ] Messier.”
Dave Bolland said it still hasn’t sunk in that he scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal.
“I think it’s still just roaming around in the air that I scored,” he said. “I look back at it and still can’t believe it. It’s a kid’s dream to score that goal. And I did it.”