The Stanley Cup tracker is a wild phenomenon post-Blackhawks championship wins, as it should be. But sometimes, a visit or two does more than simply garner the attention of young fans ready to show up at any given bar at any given notice.
Sometimes, the Cup carefully holds premature babies as they navigate their first few months outside the incubator.
On Tuesday, Blackhawks chairman, Rocky Wirtz, took the Cup to the infant special care unit at Northshore Evanston Hospital and as CSN's Chuck Garfien put it, "did some healing."
Calvin Phillip Tietz was born three months early and spent a month in an incubator after dodging a surgery when doctors successfully repaired a hole in one of his tiny lungs. That was three months ago when he was two pounds.
Now, he's eight. And that is progress, says his father Kevin Tietz of Grayslake.
"He has been growing so much and he's been so much more aware," says Tietz. "As soon as we walk in and start talking to the nurses, he starts waking up and looking around for our voices."
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Kevin and his wife Barbara hope to take their little guy home in 3-4 weeks. And after a thoughtful pep-talk from Rocky Wirtz, they tell Garfien about life outside the hospital and Calvin's bright future as a Blackhawk.
"He's gonna receive his first pair of hockey skates in a year and a half or so and we have a pond by our house," said Tietz. "And we hope someday he'll be lifting the Cup instead of sitting in it."
So do we.
To see the full story on Calvin, check out the SportsNet Central clip above.