Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford makes a save during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Calgary Flames in Chicago, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
While President Barack Obama may have been wise enough not to give Corey Crawford a public forum at the White House earlier this month, the folks at the Willis Tower apparently didn’t get the memo.
That’s because everyone’s favorite Stanley Cup winning and swear-word flinging goaltender will be flipping the switch on the Tower’s Christmas tree Monday. Crawford will also kick off the building’s annual holiday toy drive with his appearance there.
The event begins at 4 p.m. Monday and the toy drive will run through Dec. 13. Donations will benefit children served by the USO of Illinois.
Willis Tower, which was known as the Sears Tower until 2009, has had a rough go of it lately. It is no longer the tallest building in North America after the new Freedom Tower in New York was certified to be taller by the Height Committee of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, who ruled that the building’s needle was a spire and not an antenna, therefore making the structure 1776 feet tall, or about 300 feet higher than Willis.
Whether or not Crawford will be able to brighten their spirits after losing the title they’d held since the building opened isn’t clear just yet, but he will have to be on his best behavior if he is going to match Patrick Kane’s performance from 2010: