The Chicago Blackhawks celebrated their second Stanley Cup title in four years on Friday with a routine victory parade through the Windy City. But goalie Corey Crawford made sure to leave his mark on the rally.
Crawford, the 28-year-old Quebec native who saved over 620 shots through 23 postseason games received a championship belt trophy from Stanley Cup Final MVP Patrick Kane at the top of the stage and proceeded to drop the F-bomb not once, but twice in a short, but hilarious acceptance speech that you can view by clicking on the link below, courtesy of CSNChicago.com via NBC Sports. Note: the video is censored.
While under most circumstances shouting a certain four-letter word to a crowd of fans on live television is bad news, Crawford has more wiggle room after bringing the city another championship.
While Crawford's slip of the tongue can certainly be taken the wrong way, a good portion of fans will take it as his way of expressing his enthusiasm for winning the Cup, which he was obviously a huge part of, saving more than 93 percent of the shots he faced in the playoffs.
Plus, hockey isn't a sport for the faint of heart. Those who play and win at this level must have an edge to them, and clearly Crawford does.
And while the broadcasters won't be to content with the profane speech, Crawford has no doubt earned his right to have a little bit of fun, even if he might have went too far. After all, he started all 23 playoff games for the Blackhawks this postseason, allowing just 46 goals and recording 628 saves from start to finish.
The 15 goals he allowed in six games against the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final were the most of any of Chicago's four postseason series, but he delivered when he had to in the final two games of the series, allowing just three goals combined in Games 5 and 6.
Typically, for those sports fans whose team came up short, championship parades are nothing more than a bitter reminder of what could have been, but Crawford's enthusiasm and bold way of expression no doubt stole the show on Friday, giving the Blackhawks even more to cheer about and hockey fans everywhere a reason to smile.
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