Gov. Pat Quinn talks to NBC 5 about Blackhawks Day in Illinois, his bet with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and his love of the Hawks.
Governor Pat Quinn went all over the state celebrating the Blackhawks throughout the postseason, and he had one more tribute up his sleeve on Friday, declaring the day "Chicago Blackhawks Day" in Illinois.
The proclamation not only honored the Hawks for their Stanley Cup championship, but it also singled out several individual players who achieved successes during the season. Jonathan Toews, the Selke Trophy winner as the league's best defensive forward, Corey Crawford and Ray Emery, winners of the Jennings Trophy for best team Goals Against Average, and Patrick Kane, who won the Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP, were all honored by the resolution.
Here is an excerpt from the document, which can be read in full here:
"The Blackhawks' unforgettable victory over the Boston Bruins isn't hte only win Illinois is celebrating. The Greater Chicago Food Depository will have another set of helping hands this summer when Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick comes to make good on his wager with Governor Quinn. On June 11, the governors made a wager before the start of the Stanley Cup Final series that the governor of the losing team's state would volunteer at the food bank of the winning governor's choice.
"The Stanley Cup will reprise its 2010 visit to the Illinois Executive Mansion in Springfield later this summer, where the public may view the trophy free of charge. The date of the public display will be announced at a later date."
Quinn isn't the only politician who has expressed support for the Hawks. Both Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and President Barack Obama also tweeted congratulations to the team, and Emanuel attended Friday's victory celebration in Grant Park.