Forty-Nine years later, the Stanley Cup returns to the city of Chicago. Sharks fans will cringe.

I am a hockey nut.  If you follow my blog, then you know I am a fan of the Detroit Red Wings.  Sadly my team opted for an early vacation this year from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

However, my second favorite team in the National Hockey League has always been the Chicago Blackhawks.  The Blackhawks have not been a very impressive franchise for the better part of three decades.  In fact, they last won the Stanley Cup in 1961.  The same year Bonnie Neely was elected to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors.

Last season, Chicago showed promise.  With a team stacked with young players, they made the post season for only the second time in ten years.  They lost to the Red Wings in the Western Conference Finals.

This season was when it all came together.  Tonight they defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in six games to win the Stanley Cup.  You San Jose Sharks fans will recall that the Blackhawks tuned the Sharks in the Western Conference Finals in four straight games.  San Jose may not get another look at the Stanley Cup Finals for a while.  This Chicago team is young, and very skilled.

Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks for ending the longest Stanley Cup drought in the NHL.

Hey Toronto Maple Leafs!  The longest drought now belongs to you.

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