06/29/2010 4:22 PM
From chicagoblackhawks.com: (link)
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman and die-hard Blackhawks fan Mike Quigley (D-IL) announced the House passage of H. Res. 1439, a resolution he introduced immediately after the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup Championship.
The resolution passed overwhelmingly, with only a few dissenting votes from presumable Philadelphia Flyers fans.
Quigley delivered the following remarks on the House floor yesterday in advance of the bill’s consideration:
“About three weeks ago, several hundred brave Chicago Blackhawk hockey fans sat in Philadelphia and wondered why Patrick Kane was flying across the ice in celebration. He scored the goal that no one saw; the goal that brought an end to 49 years of frustration for Blackhawk fans and exorcised the ghost of the demons of Jacques Lemaire in 1971, and he helped make the Chicago Blackhawks the Stanley Cup Champions.
It was a long, extraordinarily tough road for these players. Many of these players competed in over 120 games when you count the Olympics, an extraordinarily grueling task for them to accomplish this.
But that goal set off a celebration that ended with two million people in downtown Chicago in a parade. It set off a celebration in Philadelphia among the few fans that were there from Chicago, and among the alumni of Blackhawks, including Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Tony Esposito, Denis Savard, and many others and unfortunately many alumni who are no longer with us, Hawk legends who are forever in our hearts, such as Keith Magnuson and Pit Martin.
It also set off an extraordinary celebration in Chicago, which for many of us is still going on. There are many people to thank, first of which, as far as I understand the only truly popular owner I know in professional sports – Rocky Wirtz – who combined his full efforts with the dedication to bring a championship to Chicago. John McDonough, the president of the team, Jay Blunk, Stan Bowman and Scotty Bowman, who were extraordinary in putting this team together and advising it along with Dale Tallon, who’s no longer with the team, but we owe a great deal of gratitude. Defenseman Duncan Keith, the James Norris Memorial Trophy winner this year, Captain Jonathan Toews, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy, and to a team of All-Stars including Brian Campbell as well.
We had several Olympians who also competed. We had players who won the Stanley Cup and the gold medal in one year, which doesn’t happen all the time.
But my main message today is to all those long-suffering dedicated Blackhawk fans who have enjoyed this victory ever since… The fans who understood what it was like to cheer for Pierre Pilote, Denis Savard, and Tony Esposito and all the years in which we didn’t quite make it to the playoffs but they loved the Madhouse on Madison as much as I did, and I look forward to many more years of excitement for this team that Mr. Wirtz has brought us.
So I yield back now, but it was a wonderful night, and we appreciate your co-sponsorships.”
The text of the resolution is as follows:
Last fall, when Quigley enumerated the Top Ten Reasons to love Chicago, he closed his speech by saying, "I look forward to coming back next summer with Chicago's Stanley Cup."