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Quigley, Hawks Hoist Cup as Chicagoans Await Parade

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U.S. Representative and diehard Chicago Blackhawks fan Mike Quigley (D-5th District) congratulated the newly minted Stanley Cup champions on the House floor the day after the Blackhawks’ overtime win in Game 6 of the Stanley Cub championships.

“Madam Speaker, you have no idea how much I’m going to enjoy this, but sometime late last night, Patrick Kane slipped a puck past a Philadelphia goaltender in overtime and the Chicago Blackhawks became the Stanley Cup Champions,” Quigley said on the House floor.

Quigley also thanked Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz, and sent special shout outs to the management team of John McDonough, Jay Blunk, Stan and Scotty Bowman, Coach Joel Quenneville and Dale Tallon. He even sang a few lines of “My Kind Of A Town.”

After the Hawks’ win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night, Quigley celebrated with the team in the locker room and got to hoist the storied Stanley Cup, which weighs about 35 pounds.

Quigley still plays hockey regularly in Chicago and Washington. He recently played in a charity game at the United Center against the Blackhawks alumni, as well as a “Lawmakers vs. Lobbyists” match-up in Washington. He is a co-chair of the Congressional Hockey Caucus, a bipartisan group dedicated to combating childhood obesity while promoting exercise, teamwork, discipline and commitment through hockey.

To see a video of Quigley’s speech on the House floor, click here.

Chicago will host a ticker tape parade today starting at 10:30 at Michigan and Washington, with a rally to follow at 11:30 at Michigan and Wacker.

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