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Blackhawks win Stanley Cup: Durbin, Burris Senate resolution praising Chicago Blackhawks hockey

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WASHINGTON--In the wake of the Chicago Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup, Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Roland Burris introduced a Senate resolution on Thursday praising the team.


Here are excerpts; full resolution at the click:

Whereas, on June 9, 2010, the Chicago Blackhawks hockey
team won the Stanley Cup;
Whereas the 2010 Stanley Cup win is the first Stanley Cup
win for the Blackhawks since 1961, when John F. Kennedy
was president and the Peace Corps was first established;
Whereas the Blackhawks joined the National Hockey League
in 1926 and have a rich history in the League;
Whereas the Blackhawks were 1 of the original 6 teams in
the National Hockey League;
Whereas, during a very difficult period for the National
Hockey League, the Blackhawks remained a strong and
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competitive team, winning the Stanley Cup in 1934,
1938, and 1961;
Whereas the Stanley Cup championship appearance in 2010
is the first for the Blackhawks since 1992;
Whereas the Blackhawks posted a regular season record of
52-22-8, and the team dominated opponents during the
playoffs, with 12 wins and only 4 losses, including a
sweep of the number 1-seeded San Jose Sharks to win
the Western Conference championship and advance to the
Stanley Cup finals;
Whereas General Manager Stan Bowman, Head Coach Joel
Quenneville, President John F. McDonough, and owner
Rocky Wirtz have put together and led a great organization;
Whereas several Blackhawks players competed in the Olympic
games and faithfully returned to the Blackhawks to help
secure a championship, including--
(1) Patrick Kane, who played for the United States;
(2) Jonathan Toews, Brent Seabrook, and Duncan
Keith, who played for Canada; and
(3) Tomas Kopecky and Marian Hossa, who played
for Slovakia;
Whereas all 34 active players, whose shared goal was to end
the 49-year championship drought, collectively contributed
to a victorious season, including Kyle Beach, Bryan
Bickell, Dave Bolland, Nick Boynton, Troy Brouwer,
Adam Burish, Dustin Byfuglien, Brian Campbell, Brian
Connelly, Corey Crawford, Jassen Cullimore, Jake
Dowell, Ben Eager, Colin Fraser, Jordan Hendry, Niklas
Hjalmarsson, Marian Hossa, Cristobal Huet, Kim
Johnsson, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Tomas Kopecky,
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Andrew Ladd, Shawn Lalonde, John Madden, Antti
Niemi, Danny Richmond, Brent Seabrook, Patrick
Sharp, Jack Skille, Brent Sopel, Jonathan Toews, Hannu
Toivonen, and Kris Versteeg;
Whereas the 2010 Blackhawks players follow in the giant
footsteps of the great players in Blackhawk history who
have had their numbers retired, including Glenn Hall
(#1), Keith Magnuson (#3), Pierre Pilote (#3), Bobby
Hull (#9), Denis Savard (#18), Stan Mikita (#21), and
Tony Esposito (#35);
Whereas the city of Chicago welcomes the first championship
in the city in 5 years with open arms;
Whereas a new generation of young fans in Chicago and
around the State of Illinois are discovering the joy of
championship hockey; and
Whereas the Nashville Predators, Vancouver Canucks, San
Jose Sharks, and the Philadelphia Flyers proved to be
worthy and honorable adversaries and also deserve recognition:


Mr. DURBIN (for himself and Mr. BURRIS) submitted the following resolution;
which was referred to the Committee on
RESOLUTION
Congratulating the Chicago Blackhawks on winning the 2010
Stanley Cup.
Whereas, on June 9, 2010, the Chicago Blackhawks hockey
team won the Stanley Cup;
Whereas the 2010 Stanley Cup win is the first Stanley Cup
win for the Blackhawks since 1961, when John F. Kennedy
was president and the Peace Corps was first established;
Whereas the Blackhawks joined the National Hockey League
in 1926 and have a rich history in the League;
Whereas the Blackhawks were 1 of the original 6 teams in
the National Hockey League;
Whereas, during a very difficult period for the National
Hockey League, the Blackhawks remained a strong and
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competitive team, winning the Stanley Cup in 1934,
1938, and 1961;
Whereas the Stanley Cup championship appearance in 2010
is the first for the Blackhawks since 1992;
Whereas the Blackhawks posted a regular season record of
52-22-8, and the team dominated opponents during the
playoffs, with 12 wins and only 4 losses, including a
sweep of the number 1-seeded San Jose Sharks to win
the Western Conference championship and advance to the
Stanley Cup finals;
Whereas General Manager Stan Bowman, Head Coach Joel
Quenneville, President John F. McDonough, and owner
Rocky Wirtz have put together and led a great organization;
Whereas several Blackhawks players competed in the Olympic
games and faithfully returned to the Blackhawks to help
secure a championship, including--
(1) Patrick Kane, who played for the United States;
(2) Jonathan Toews, Brent Seabrook, and Duncan
Keith, who played for Canada; and
(3) Tomas Kopecky and Marian Hossa, who played
for Slovakia;
Whereas all 34 active players, whose shared goal was to end
the 49-year championship drought, collectively contributed
to a victorious season, including Kyle Beach, Bryan
Bickell, Dave Bolland, Nick Boynton, Troy Brouwer,
Adam Burish, Dustin Byfuglien, Brian Campbell, Brian
Connelly, Corey Crawford, Jassen Cullimore, Jake
Dowell, Ben Eager, Colin Fraser, Jordan Hendry, Niklas
Hjalmarsson, Marian Hossa, Cristobal Huet, Kim
Johnsson, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Tomas Kopecky,
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Andrew Ladd, Shawn Lalonde, John Madden, Antti
Niemi, Danny Richmond, Brent Seabrook, Patrick
Sharp, Jack Skille, Brent Sopel, Jonathan Toews, Hannu
Toivonen, and Kris Versteeg;
Whereas the 2010 Blackhawks players follow in the giant
footsteps of the great players in Blackhawk history who
have had their numbers retired, including Glenn Hall
(#1), Keith Magnuson (#3), Pierre Pilote (#3), Bobby
Hull (#9), Denis Savard (#18), Stan Mikita (#21), and
Tony Esposito (#35);
Whereas the city of Chicago welcomes the first championship
in the city in 5 years with open arms;
Whereas a new generation of young fans in Chicago and
around the State of Illinois are discovering the joy of
championship hockey; and
Whereas the Nashville Predators, Vancouver Canucks, San
Jose Sharks, and the Philadelphia Flyers proved to be
worthy and honorable adversaries and also deserve recognition:
Now, therefore, be it
1 Resolved, That the Senate--
2 (1) congratulates the Chicago Blackhawks on
3 winning the 2010 Stanley Cup;
4 (2) commends the fans, players, and manage5
ment of the Philadelphia Flyers for allowing the Chi6
cago Blackhawks and the many supporters of the
7 Chicago Blackhawks to celebrate the first Stanley
8 Cup win for the team in 49 years at the Wachovia
9 Center, the arena of the Philadelphia Flyers; and
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1 (3) respectfully directs the Enrolling Clerk of
2 the Senate to transmit an enrolled copy of this reso3
lution to--
4 (A) the 2010 Chicago Blackhawks hockey
5 organization; and
6 (B) the Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz.

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