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Mayor Rahm Emanuel congratulates Blackhawks on Cup win

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel congratulates Blackhawks on Cup win

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel congratulated the Blackhawks on their Stanley Cup victory Monday night, releasing a statement that read:

"On behalf of the city of Chicago, I am thrilled to congratulate hockey's new dynasty - the Chicago Blackahwks - on winning the Stanley Cup for the third time in six years. To do it at home in front of the world's most dedicated fans in the world makes this title that much sweeter. Be ready, Chicagoans, because in the coming days we will put on a world class celebration for a world class team."

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Emanuel had gotten in on the competition of the Cup Final earlier in the week. He bet Tampa Bay Mayor Bob Buckhorn 122 slices of Eli's cheesecake, a case of craft beer from Slap Shot Brewing, a mustard fried catfish and peach pobbler from BJ's Market, and Girodano's deep dish pizza. With the Blackhawks win, he'll receive from Buckhorn a case of Cigar City Invasion Pale Ale as well as 122 Cuban sandwiches, and the Original "1905" Salad from Tampa's 110-yar-old Columbia Restaurant.

Emanuel also formally welcomed Lightning fans to Chicago after Tampa Bay attempted to block Blackhawks fans from buying tickets to Games 1 and 2 in Florida.

In 2013 Emanuel also cashed in on the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup victory over the Boston Bruins, earning the right to post a promotional video of Chicago on the city of Boston's website for 24 hours.

Calvin de Haan takes next step in recovery process, joins Blackhawks for Phase 2

Calvin de Haan takes next step in recovery process, joins Blackhawks for Phase 2

Calvin de Haan took the next step in his recovery process by joining the group of Blackhawks at Fifth Third Arena for Phase 2 of voluntary skates and off-ice workouts, the team announced Thursday. 

De Haan underwent right shoulder surgery in December and was put on a four-to-six-month timetable, which would have ended his 2019-20 season under normal circumstances. But because the COVID-19 pandemic forced the league to put its season on pause, the lengthy hiatus has afforded players like de Haan to rehab their injuries and be ready to go for the 24-team Return to Play plan, pending an overall agreement between the NHL and NHL Players' Association.

"I would expect him to be ready," GM Stan Bowman said of de Haan's status in June.

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Even though Phase 2 didn't open until the second week of June, de Haan has been ahead of the curve compared to other skaters as far as on-ice conditioning goes. He was spotted skating in Ottawa in late May with a small group of players, so getting back up to speed shouldn't be too much of a challenge.

If de Haan is, in fact, cleared to play for the qualifying round, it would be a major boost for the Blackhawks, who could use his presence on the top-four against a speedy Edmonton Oilers team.

"It would be great,” head coach Jeremy Colliton said. “Obviously we've got get him on the ice and go through camp and hopefully everything continues to progress as far as his health. But I thought the games he did play, he’s steady back there and plays a hard game. He’s not overly physical, but he makes contact and he can get a stop in D-zone. Very direct, makes simple plays with the puck, underhandles it and he can make plays on the offensive blue line as well.

“And just his experience, he’s a bit of a bridge between the young group that we have and the group that’s been here. I think that’s good. He’s been in other organizations and helps the new guys to fit in because he’s a new guy, too. We’d love to get him back.”

Phase 3 of formal training camps was originally scheduled to begin on July 10, but that date is likely to be pushed back to July 13.

Report: Edmonton expected to host Stanley Cup Final for NHL's 24-team playoff

Report: Edmonton expected to host Stanley Cup Final for NHL's 24-team playoff

On Wednesday, it was reported Edmonton and Toronto would serve as the two hub cities for the NHL's 24-team playoff format under the league's Return To Play plan.

Thursday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reported Edmonton was the favorite to host the Stanley Cup Final, as well as the Conference finals, of the two cities.

"With Edmonton and Toronto being chosen as the two NHL Hub cities, the question most often asked now is, which of the two will play host to the Stanley Cup final and Conference finals? The answer, apparently, is Edmonton," McKenzie tweeted.

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He also guessed as to why Edmonton seems to be the choice to close out the playoffs on Twitter:

"I’m guessing the rationale for that decision is simply based on public health/safety/numbers. Whatever the reason(s), Edmonton it will be."

The Blackhawks are slated to take on the Oilers in a best-of-5 play-in series, expected to be played in Edmonton, on the Oilers' home ice.

Chicago was reportedly a top-4 finalist to be a hub before cuts were made.

Team training camps to lead up to the postseason are scheduled for July 10.