Air Toews

Chicago Blackhawks

Air Jordan is now Air Toews. At least for the duration of the Stanley Cup.

In celebration of the Blackhawks first trip to the Cup since '92 -- and possibly, their first championship since '61 -- the staff of the United Center and Blackhawks personnel decorated the Center's Michael Jordan statue with hockey gear.

The jersey reads Toews, the 'Hawks first-line center and team captain. The Jordan statue now also sports hockey skates and a makeshift helmet.

The statue was decorated Thursday night, according to a Blackhawks spokesperson. They assume it'll stay that way through the remainder of the finals.

The 17-foot-tall, 2,000-pound statue, designed by Omri and Julie Rotblatt-Amrany of Highland Park, Illinois, was unveiled in November of '94. The granite base lists Jordan's on-court achievements, and an inscription reads "The best there ever was. The best there ever will be."

Across Chicago, other attractions have received similar treament.

A dinosaur outside the Field Museum is sporting a jersey, and the lions outside the Art Institute have Blackhawk helmets.

Game 1 against the Philadelphia Flyers is Saturday in Chicago.

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