Chicago Blackhawks Parade 2013: Best Images from the Stanley Cup Celebration

Steve Silverman@@profootballboyFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2013

Chicago Blackhawks Parade 2013: Best Images from the Stanley Cup Celebration

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    "They Kane, they Shaw, they Crawford"

    A t-shirt with those words emblazoned helped the Blackhawks celebrate their second championship in four seasons.

    So, too, did a huge parade in Chicago. Thousands of fans turned out to celebrate the six-game triumph over the Boston Bruins by showering their heroes with confetti as they rolled around downtown Chicago in open-top buses.

    Fans held signs that referenced the two goals in 17 seconds the Blackhawks scored late in the third period to earn the clinching victory Monday night.

    Here's a look at the top images from the parade.

Saluting Their Heroes

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    The fans started arriving at Grant Park early in the morning. Those who were there earliest had a chance to sprint to the stage so they could get closest during the speeches and celebrations once the Chicago Police Department gave them the go-ahead to advance to the stage.

    Thousands of other fans were on the parade root to greet the players as they traveled by bus to Grant Park.

Patrick Kane

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    Conn Smythe Trophy winner Patrick Kane is known for his celebrations. He was in rare form once again as he thanked Blackhawks fans for their support all season and he hoisted the Stanley Cup.

Patrick Sharp

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    Patrick Sharp led all scorers with 10 goals in the postseason. When he had a chance to speak at the podium, he reminded fans of the 2010 Stanley Cup championship.

    He said that the team had waited 49 years to celebrate a title and this time they only waited three years.

    Then, Sharp did his best Pat Riley impersonation, "Why don't we meet here again next year to celebrate again?"

Captain Serious, Jonathan Toews

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    Jonathan Toews made the pass that set up Bryan Bickell with the tying goal Monday night in Boston with 1:16 to play.

    He drew one of the loudest cheers, when he saluted the crowd for their support all year.

The Coach and the Mayor

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    Head coach Joel Quenneville and Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel celebrate the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup triumph together at Grant Park.

Wall-to-Wall Fans

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    Blackhawks fans filled Grant Park in downtown Chicago to celebrate their teams' second Stanley Cup title in four years.

Bryan Bickell

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    Bryan Bickell scored nine goals for the Blackhawks during their Stanley Cup run. None was bigger than his game-tying goal in Game 6 vs. the Bruins.

    Fans showered Bickell and his teammates with ticker tape and confetti.

Corey Crawford

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    Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford let his teammates know how much he appreciated them with an obscenity-laced speech at the team's victory rally at Grant Park.

    Crawford was labeled as the MVP of the postseason by teammate Patrick Kane, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Andrew Shaw's Battered Face

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    The Blackhawks know you have to sacrifice to win a Stanley Cup title, and nobody knows this any better than the feisty Andrew Shaw.

    Shaw was hit in the face on a deflected shot by Boston's Shawn Thornton and he finished the deciding sixth game with two sets of stitches on his face. Shaw's battered but happy face was on display at the Blackhawks' victory parade.

Hall of Famer Bobby Hull

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    As an Original Six franchise, the Blackhawks have a strong relationship with many of their alumni.

    Bobby Hull, their most recognizable former star, celebrated with the current team and acknowledged the roaring fans.