Resolution Congratulating the Chicago Blackhawks on winning the 2013 Stanley Cup Championship
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Congratulating the Chicago Blackhawks on winning the 2013 Stanley Cup Championship.
Whereas the historic Chicago Blackhawks, as one of the˜˜Original Six'', have made countless contributions to sports;
Whereas the Blackhawks and the National Hockey League have demonstrated a commitment to promoting fitness and leadership skills for youth through support for youth hockey programs and community skating facilities;
Whereas the Blackhawks have demonstrated a commitment to the Nation's veterans and wounded warriors through their support of sled-hockey rehabilitation programs and unique on-ice opportunities;
Whereas with 227 straight home game sellouts and an NHL leading regular-season average attendance of 21,775, the Blackhawks are the pride of their hometown, Chicago, Illinois;
Whereas the Blackhawks organization of Rocky Wirtz, Joel Quenneville, John McDonough, Jay Blunk, Stan Bowman, and Scotty Bowman have enshrined Chicago as a hockey town for the 21st century;
Whereas the Blackhawks, through amazing offense, superb defense, and unmatched goaltending, dominated the regular season and overcame the lockout to set an NHL record for a point earned in each of the first 24 games of the season;
Whereas the Blackhawks tamed the Minnesota Wild in 5 games, brought down their arch rivals the Detroit Red Wings in a tough 7-game series, and dethroned the Los Angeles Kings to become the Western Conference Champions and advance to the Stanley Cup Final;
Whereas in the Stanley Cup Final series, the Blackhawks overcame the aggressive play and talent of the Eastern Conference Champion Boston Bruins, to win the championship in one of the most exciting and nail-biting final games in recent history;
and Whereas the innumerable contributions from every player, coach, and the entire Blackhawks family have brought the madness back to Madison Street and Lord Stanley's Cup back to where it belongs, sweet home Chicago, Illinois:
Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives"
(1) recognizes the Chicago Blackhawks for their long distinguished history, countless contributions to sports, and their many successes as a franchise;
(2) congratulates the Blackhawks on an amazing season and for winning the 2013 Stanley Cup Championship;
(3) recognizes the players, coaches, and leader8ship of the Blackhawks organization; and
(4) joins with all people in the United States and hockey fans all over the world in celebrating the return of the Stanley Cup to Chicago, Illinois.