04/30/2009 4:41 PM - From chicagoblackhawks.com: (link)
Mayor Richard M. Daley today wagered a package of food and drink products from Chicago companies that the Blackhawks will defeat the Vancouver Canucks in the Western Conference semi-final playoffs that begin tonight.
“This is a great time to be a sports fan in Chicago,” Daley said in a City Hall news conference. “For the first time since 2002, the Blackhawks are in post-season play in the National Hockey League.”
The Mayor said this has already been a great season for the Hawks: they finished the season with 104 points – sixth best in the league -- brought excitement back to the United Center in hockey season and set an all-time franchise attendance record in the process.
“This is a young and exciting team and they play with a lot of confidence,” Daley said.“Well, I have a lot of confidence in them and to show how confident I am, I’m making a friendly wager on the series with Mayor Gregor Robertson. We’ve puttogether a package of Chicago products that includes just about everything anyone needs to enjoy a Hawks’ win,” he said.
Chicago is wagering:
Vancouver is wagering these local products:
“I want to congratulate everyone in the Blackhawks organization on the team’s performance during the regular season. We’re proud that they represent our city. We’re all looking forward to a great series starting tonight,” Daley said.