The Latest on Stanley Cup: Cup arrives at Wrigley Field

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Posted: Jun 16, 2015 8:56 PM
The Latest on Stanley Cup: Cup arrives at Wrigley Field

7:30 p.m. CDT

The Stanley Cup has arrived at Wrigley Field.

The cup arrived Tuesday night before the Chicago Cubs played the Cleveland Indians. Chicago Blackhawks player Patrick Kane carried it to the mound.

The cup is making the rounds after the Blackhawks beat the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night.

The history of the cup includes chapters in which players take it swimming, to restaurants, bars and at least one race track.

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4:30 p.m. CDT

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city of Chicago will celebrate the 2015 Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, with a parade followed by a rally at Soldier Field.

Emanuel says the celebration will be worthy of a hockey dynasty. It is the team's third Stanley Cup title in six seasons.

The parade will march along Monroe Street, beginning at Jefferson Street, and end at Michigan Avenue. The rally will be held afterward at Soldier Field, the home of the Chicago Bears. The rally will be a free, but ticketed event. How the public will obtain tickets wasn't immediately announced.

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1:45 p.m. CDT

Illinois lawmakers have congratulated the Chicago Blackhawks for winning the team's third championship in six years.

Several members of the Legislature wore red Chicago jerseys and t-shirts Tuesday in honor of the Blackhawks' Monday night Stanley Cup win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Among them was Democratic state Rep. Martin Moylan, of Des Plaines, who delivered a floor speech honoring the team before leading fellow lawmakers in a quick rendition of "Chelsea Dagger," the song that follows Blackhawks goals at the United Center.

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1:35 p.m. CDT

The Stanley Cup has been spotted at a popular Chicago restaurant.

Hours after the Chicago Blackhawks captured the cup for the third time in six years, team officials showed it off Tuesday to fans at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush.

Many fans have been tracking the cup's whereabouts on Twitter and word quickly spread that it was on display in the restaurant's window for all to see.

Hours after the Blackhawks defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0, the cup made an appearance at a nightclub before making its way back to the United Center.

Team owner Rocky Wirtz says he wasn't surprised because players in past years have taken the cup to restaurants, bars and even swimming pools.

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1:30 p.m. CDT

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he only had four hours of sleep after watching the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup at the United Center.

Emanuel said at a news conference Tuesday that the city is planning a victory parade for the team that is "worthy of a dynasty."

The Blackhawks won their third championship in six years Monday night with a 2-0 home win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Emanuel called it a "tremendous victory for the team and the coach."

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9:55 a.m. CDT

Bob Gertenrich isn't the only Chicago Blackhawks fan throwing around the word 'dynasty' after the team hoisted the Stanley Cup for the third time in the last six years.

But he may be the only one who can say he's seen every home game since January of 1966 — 2,264 of them, to be exact.

The 68-year-old Gertenrich says watching his beloved Blackhawks win another championship in the salary cap era was "absolutely amazing." However, he says Monday night's victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning was also "bittersweet" because of the news that one of Chicago's all-time greats, Stan Mikita, wasn't able to enjoy it.

A progressive brain disorder has robbed the NHL Hall of Famer of his memories.

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9:25 a.m. CDT

Where's the Stanley Cup?

That's the question of the moment in Chicago after the Blackhawks won their third championship on Monday night.

By Tuesday morning, the city's hockey fans were posting on Twitter using hashtags like #cuptracker and following accounts like @WheresTheCup trying to find the trophy.

Fans posted their pictures with the Stanley Cup and messaged each other updates on where they think the trophy is and which player was hoisting it in jubilation.

A bar in the West Loop neighborhood? A restaurant in River North? The United Center? This is the Blackhawks' third time winning the Stanley Cup in six years and tracking the trophy is becoming something of a post-victory tradition.

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8:45 a.m. CDT

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chicago will host a "world class" celebration for the Blackhawks in the coming days to celebrate the team's Stanley Cup win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Emanuel called the Blackhawks "hockey's new dynasty" in a statement released after Monday night's 2-0 Game 6 win, which was the team's third in the past six seasons.

The mayor says this year's championship is even sweeter because the Blackhawks won it in front of their home fans for the first time since 1938.

Celebrations began before the final horn, as thousands of fans spilled out into the streets from bars near Wrigley Field. They may have been even wilder had rain not forced the postponement of the Cubs' Monday night home game against the Cleveland Indians.