In an exclusive e-mail obtained by the Sports Pros(e) staff, coach Jon Redmond writes:
The Playstation 3 2009 NHL season came to an end last night with a thrilling 4 - 3 OT win in a Game 7 versus the Tampa Bay Lightning.
I just got off the phone with Mayor Daley who is thrilled to have a championship return to Chicago.
I'd like to thank my two roommates, Eric and Chris for their dedication towards winning this championship. In addition, I'd like to give a shout out to Zach for purchasing the game as my Christmas gift. Andy, Dustin, Brad and Russ for their stellar play throughout the season.
It was a long and treacherous road. Entering the playoffs as a 6th seed (45 regular season wins). We were pushed to the brink of elimination in round 1 of the Western Conference Playoffs versus the Colorado Avalanche before we took down the Calgary Flames and San Jose Sharks to win the Cambell Bowl.
Defenseman Duncan Keith won the James Norris Memorial Trophy for the regular season and even more impressively, Keith won the Conn Smyth Trophy.
Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin was awarded the William M. Jennings Trophy for his great play between the pipes.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to get ready for my celebratory lunch with Ms. Carol Moseley Braun!!!
I know as journalists we're supposed to stay impartial when it comes to these matters, but I have to say I was pulling for Redmond all season long. I coached my club against his a few times in online gameplay, so I've witnessed, via the power of the Interweb, Jon's on-ice tenacity and devotion to the game of fake hockey.Coach Redmond
He's a competitor through and through. He gives 110 percent every time his club suits up. And when he checks you against the boards, you'd better believe your DuoShock controller is going to rumble more vociferously than, say, when I face user name caps_fan_311.
So let us be the first to congratulate coach Redmond and his team. And we leave you with the following photographic evidence of this momentous occasion: