Chicago, IL

The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks placed a full-page advertisement in the Boston Globe to acknowledge the Boston Bruins and the city for their "big heart and gracious spirit" after the Boston Marathon bombings in April.

The Blackhawks defeated the Bruins, 3-2, in Game 6 at TD Center to capture their second Stanley Cup in four seasons. Chicago also won the Cup in 1934, 1938, 1961 and 2010.

Earlier, the staff of the Chicago Tribune sent pizza to the Boston Globe newsroom staff to appreciate its comprehensive coverage of the tragedy.

The advertisement, which was topped with a "THANK YOU" headline, read:

"Hockey is a tough game. As impressed as we were by the strength, talent, and competitive spirit of the Boston Bruins on the ice, we were deeply touched by what happened off the ice. Rarely have we experienced the hospitality you afforded us throughout the playoff series between two incredibly gifted teams.

"On behalf of the Chicago Blackhawks organization and the entire Wirtz Corporation, we want to personally express our heartfelt appreciation to your city, the Bruins organization, and especially, the citizens of Boston for the remarkable welcome you showed our team and the many Chicagoans who visited.

"From Boston's political leadership to every member of the Bruins organization; from the players to the people on the street, you demonstrated respect, good sportsmanship, and a genuine love for the great game of hockey.

"Like the rest of the world, Chicagoans have been reminded in recent days of Boston's strength. Please know we tip our hat to your city's big heart and gracious spirit. You lead by example and have set the bar very high for others to follow."

The ad was signed by Rocky Wirtz, chairman of the Wirtz Corporation, which owns the Blackhawks, and team president John McDonough.


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