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Blackhawks Return to Chicago after Winning Stanley Cup

June 25, 2013

The Chicago Blackhawks have returned as Stanley Cup champions once again. The team plane carrying the Blackhawks and their championship trophy touched down at O'Hare airport shortly after 4 a.m., taxiing between fire trucks spraying water into the air and coming to rest in front of a small throng of fans.

Players mingled briefly with supporters but did not address the media before boarding a team bus.

Bill McCaffrey, a spokesman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, said Monday night that the city and the Blackhawks were planning a rally for sometime yet this week. But no date was yet set, McCaffrey said.

In 2010, the previous time the team won the Stanley Cup, Chicago feted the club with a massive parade and rally that was one of the best-attended celebrations in city history.

Dressed in hockey jerseys and caps emblazoned with the team's cherished Indian logo, fans transformed Michigan Avenue into a red sea that only a Stanley Cup championship team could part.

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Source: Copyright Chicago Tribune 2013. Distributed by MCT Information Services

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