#CupTracker: Follow where the Blackhawks have Stanley Cup


#CupTracker: Follow where the Blackhawks have Stanley Cup

It wasn't the prettiest of starts for the Blackhawks and Lord Stanley.

The Cup was late to arrive at Game 6 after the Blackhawks took down the Lightning, 2-0, at the United Center. 

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But once it got there, it was welcomed with a warm ovation from Blackhawks fans, the first since 1938. 

After Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews hoisted the Stanley Cup, he immediately rushed it over to 40-year old Kimmo Timonen, who lifted up Lord Stanley for the first time in his career, before passing it on to the rest of his teammates.

Keep track of where the Stanley Cup has gone:

Thursday, August 20: Marian Hossa celebrates his third go with the Stanley Cup in his hometown of Slovakia.

Wednesday, August 19: The Stanley Cup stays in Sweden to spend the day with Joakim Nordstrom.

Tuesday, August 18: Johnny Oduya and Marcus Kruger brought gifts, and the Stanley Cup to a children's hospital in Stockholm, Sweden.

Sunday, August 16: Brent Seabrook gives Lord Stanley a tour of British Columbia in a helicopter, and shows off his hockey collection.

Saturday, August 15: Executive vice president Jay Blunk gets his turn with the Stanley Cup.

Friday, August 14: Lord Stanley visited the state's capital with Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz and governor Bruce Rauner, who helped open the Illinois State Fair.

Thursday, August 13: The Stanley Cup made its way back to Chicago with head athletic trainer Mike Gapski, who brought the silver chalice to Marist High School.

Wednesday, August 12: Assistant general manager Norm Maciver having a great time celebrating his day with the Stanley Cup with family and friends on a boat in Minnesota.

Tuesday, August 11: It's video coach Matt Meacham's day with the Cup, and he's not quite sure where to go with it. Eventually, he figured it out, kindly taking a picture with some members on a ship.

Monday, August 10: Blackhawks assistant coach Kevin Dineen showing his father Bill, a two-time champion, where his name on the Stanley Cup is.

Sunday, August 9: Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz enjoys his third time with the Stanley Cup in his hometown of Winnetka.

Friday, August 7: 14 championships = 14 days with the Stanley Cup. Check out how Scotty Bowman spent day No. 14 with the Stanley Cup in Buffalo:

Thursday, August 6: Joel Quenneville took the Stanley Cup to a children's hospital for his day with the Cup:

Tuesday, August 4: Kyle Cumiskey enjoys his first summer with Stanley in his hometown of Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Monday, August 3: Kris Versteeg enjoys his second go with the Cup.

Friday, July 31: Duncan Keith enjoys his day with the Stanley Cup by riding an old school Corvette, and teaching his son how it's done.

Thursday, July 30: Trevor van Riemsdyk brings the Stanley Cup to his hometown New Jersey, which gave him a nice reward.

Wednesday, July 29: Brandon Saad visits the 911th Air Wing in Pittsburgh with the Stanley Cup.

Monday, July 27: Brad Richards had an action packed day with the Cup.

Sunday, July 26: Former Blackhawks wing Patrick Sharp made his day with the Cup a family affair, bringing his two daughters to Niantic, CT, to enjoy their special day. Sharp was traded to the Dallas Stars earlier this month.

Saturday, July 25: Antoine Vermette visits a hospital in his hometown of Quebec City during his day with the Stanley Cup.

Friday, July 24: After spending the week in Finland, the Stanley Cup is headed back to North America.

Thursday, July 23: Antti Raanta celebrates his day with the Stanley Cup with friends, family, and a gorgeous view.

Tuesday, July 21: 40-year-old Kimmo Timonen finally got his moment in the sun with the Cup:

Monday, July 20: The Cup has made it to Finland, where 20-year-old rookie Teuvo Teravainen celebrated in his native land.

Sunday, July 19: The Stanley Cup is en route to Finland, where Teravainen will spend his day with Lord Stanley on Monday.

Friday, July 17: The Stanley Cup returns to Chicago for the Blackhawks Convention.

Sunday, July 12: Corey Crawford enjoys his day with the Cup by taking it to his old high school in Quebec.

Friday, July 10: Jonathan Toews' day with the Stanley Cup is off and running with a visit to the Children's Rehabilitation Foundation in Winnipeg. But first, some road hockey with the kids. 

Wednesday, July 8: Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Kitchen goes on a helicopter ride during his day with the Cup.

Tuesday, July 7: Andrew Desjardins finishes his 24 hours with the Cup by enjoying a big ol' bowl of Lucky Charms. We can only hope Philip Pritchard gave it a good cleaning after Desi's baby was in it yesterday.

Monday, July 6: Andrew Desjardins and his family are welcomed with a town parade, and also spent part of his day with the Stanley Cup surprising fans.

Saturday, July 4: Andrew Shaw's spending the day with Lord Stanley today in his hometown of Belleville, Ontario. Oh, he also crashed a wedding and took it to a church.

Friday, July 3: Mark Bernard, Blackhawks Director of Hockey Administration and General Manager of Minor League Affiliations, brings the Stanley Cup to Ontario.

Wednesday, July 1: Bryan Bickell spent part of his day with the Stanley Cup by visiting sick kids at a Toronto hospital, and allowing them to see and take pictures with the silver chalice.

Tuesday, June 30: The Stanley Cup gets a nice view of the Windy City:

Monday: The Stanley Cup is making its rounds. First up, Scott Darling.

Saturday night: The Cup made a surprise visit in Elmhurst.

Saturday afternoon: The Stanley Cup is at the NHL Draft, but it'll be back in Chicago on Sunday.

Wednesday evening: The Cup, the Captain, and the red carpet.

Wednesday afternoon: The Cup was catching some rays before the NHL awards.

Tuesday: Lord Stanley enjoying time in Vegas.

Monday evening: The Cup arrives at MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas for the NHL Awards on Wednesday.

Sunday night: Lord Stanley gave Antoine Vermette's newborn baby a warm welcome into the world.

Sunday afternoon: Lord Stanley made a visit on the South Side today.

Saturday night: The Cup is well-rested, and ready to party all night in Chicago, making its first appearance at The Pony Inn.

Saturday afternoon: Anyone hungry? The Cup was. Brad Richards had a delightful snack in the afternoon.

Friday night: The Cup was feeling groovy and showed up at the Mumford & Sons concert with a few Blackhawks players.

Friday afternoon: The Cup took a scenic tour of its new home, Chicago, in a helicopter with Marian Hossa.

Thursday night: The Cup is grabbing a bite to eat.

Thursday morning: In advance of today's parade and rally, the Cup will start at Washington and Racine, and then head east on Washington to Desplaines. The parade will continue south on Desplaines to Monroe and conclude by going east to Michigan Avenue leading up to the rally at Soldier Field.

Late Wednesday evening: Seems like the Cup wants to make a stop at Paris Club tonight

Late Tuesday evening: The Cup stops for a drink at Rockit Bar and Grill in Chicago:

6:30 p.m.: The Stanley Cup has arrived at Wrigley Field:

4:45 p.m.: Lord Stanley is taking a visit to Patrick Sharp's house:

3:00 p.m.: It's official. The Stanley Cup will be at Wrigley Field tonight for the Cubs game:

11:45 a.m.: The Cup pays a visit to to 437 Rush, a steakhouse near the Mag Mile:

6:45 a.m.: The Cup is back at the UC:

Early Tuesday morning: The Cup finally left the UC to make a stop at the Mid:

2:50 a.m.: While we may still be waiting on the Stanley Cup to leave the United Center, coach Joel Quenneville is already out celebrating:

Welp. Looks like they might not be leaving soon. But there are coaches at CrossRoads:

1:55 a.m.: Sources tell CSN Chicago the Stanley Cup could be on the move to CrossRoads on Madison. Stay tuned....

1:50 a.m.: Cup has not moved yet

12:50 a.m.: Cup's first destination?

Rumors are Rockit the first stop?

Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals


Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

Four fans at the United Center were thrown out of Saturday's Blackhawks game for taunting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly with racist remarks.

Midway through the third period, Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box when fans shouted "basketball, basketball, basketball" at him, the Washington Post reported.

Here is a GIF of Smith-Pelly's interaction with the fans:

After the game, the Blackhawks released this statement:

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz also had this to say about the incident:

Cue Chelsea Dagger: Blackhawks blow out Capitals to snap eight-game losing streak


Cue Chelsea Dagger: Blackhawks blow out Capitals to snap eight-game losing streak

Win one game.

That was Joel Quenneville’s message during the Blackhawks’ eight-game losing streak, which finally came to an end on Saturday night.

How about a 7-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on home ice for a streak-breaker? Now that’s more like it.

Prior to Saturday, the Blackhawks hadn’t recorded a win in February — or a win at the United Center since Jan. 12. 

Though the Blackhawks will likely miss the playoffs for the first time since Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were rookies, a blowout win over the leaders of the Metropolitan Division Capitals had to have felt great.

"It’s a nice way to get over the hump," Toews said. "Sometimes you might just win a 2-1 game or just kind of grind it out, but it was nice for us to fill the net the way we did tonight."

Added Joel Quenneville, "Certainly feels 100 times better than coming in and trying to explain how we had a lead and were unable to sustain it. The complete 60 minutes, three periods the right way, more consistency in our game, way more pace than we’ve seen recently, composure with the puck, shooting around the net. It was fun but that’s one. Let’s see how we respond to this because there’s a lot of hockey left."

The Blackhawks are 25-26-8 with 58 points, and are 11 points out the final wild card spot, currently held by the Minnesota Wild.

Among the highlights:

— Seven different Blackhawks scored: Toews, Kane, Alex DeBrincat, Brandon Saad, Artem Anisimov, Nick Schmaltz, Ryan Hartman

— The Blackhawks are 74-6-4 in the regular season in which Kane and Toews both record a goal — and 41-0-0 in their last 41 games, according to NBC Sports Chicago stats guru Chris Kamka.

— Kane registered career assist No. 500, becoming the sixth Blackhawk with 500 or more. Kane is also the seventh U.S.-born player with 300-plus goals and 500-plus assists, joining Mike Modano, Keith Tkachuk, Jeremy Roenick, Pat LaFontaine, Joe Mullen and Phil Housley, according to Kamka.

"You think about the amount of great Americans that have played the game, how many players actually play hockey in the United States... Growing up all I wanted to do was play hockey," Kane said. "That means a lot, especially when you talk about American-born players."

— DeBrincat's 22nd goal of the season has him tied for the rookie-lead with Tampa Bay Lightning's Yanni Gourde. DeBrincat and Kane also lead the Blackhawks with 22 goals.