Kirk and I had the privilege attending Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals when Chicago played the Boston Bruins in Chicago. It was a great experience. The atmosphere at the United Center, where the Blackhawks play, is like no other. The fans stand and cheer loudly throughout the national anthem and it doesn't let up from there. Chelsea Dagger song is played whenever the Blackhawks score and win. It pumps the crowd up, including me. Rally flags are waving throughout the crowd. It is incredible. I even high-fived a few people after the Game 5 win.
Even Ella, Kirsten and Chase's dog, roots for the Blackhawks in her jersey. She does miss Chase when he travels with the team. Ella will sit on their rug by the door and wait for Chase to come home when he has been gone for too long.
Kirk and I were watching Game 6 at home. It looked like the Bruins were dominating and would force a game 7 back in Chicago. There was 76 seconds left and the Blackhawks score to tie the game. Okay, we will be going to overtime. 17 seconds later, Blackhawks score again! They take the lead. Are they going to win this on the road? Kirk and I are ecstatic. I am saying, yes, yes, yes. I play Chelsea Dagger on Itunes. I can hardly breathe. The seconds tick down and the Blackhawks win. What a game! Unbelievable! Kirsten and I start texting back and forth. We see Chase on TV. He is in the locker room getting drenched with champagne as he takes pictures. Kirsten comments about his suit needing to be cleaned. His camera's are getting drenched as well. Overall, it was a fantastic experience.
Chase is going to have a busy summer as he follows the cup around Chicago and photographs it. Kirsten will be a hockey widow and Ella will be sitting at the door later at night. It is a great experience and I am proud of Chase and how hard he works. I just hope he takes a moment and enjoys the time. He will be a part of Chicago Blackhawks history forever. Congratulations!