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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