Blackhawks organization takes out full-page ad in Boston Globe (photo)
For a game, while brutal in its most basic essence, to maintain a long-standing tradition remains of shaking hands in a display of sportsmanship after a hard-fought, likely antagonistic and sometimes even downright hate-filled and vitriolic playoff series, perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks took out a full-page ad in the Boston Globe in which gratitude is extended to not only the Boston Bruins organization but the City of Boston as well.
The contents of the letter:
Hockey is a tough game. As impressed as we were be the strength, talent, and competitive spirit of the Boston Bruins on the ice, we were deeply touched by what happend off the ice. Rarely have we experienced the hospitality you afforded us throughout the playoff series between two incredibly gifted teams.
On behalf of the Chicago Blackhawks organization and the entire Wirtz Corporation, we want to personally express our heartfelt appreciation to your city, the Bruins organization, and especially, the citizens of Boston for the remarkable welcome you showed our team and the many Chicagoans who visited.
From Boston’s political leadership to every member of the Bruins organization, from the players to the people on the street, you demonstrated respect, good sportsmanship, and a genuine love for the great game of hockey.
Like the rest of the world, Chicagoans have been reminded in recent days of Boston’s strength. Please know we tip our hat to your city’s big heart and gracious spirit. You lead by example and have set the bar very high for others to follow.
Rocky Wirtz, Chairman, Wirtz Corporation
John McDonough, President and CEO, Chicago Blackhawks
And the letter itself, via Boston.com:
Now that’s classy.