This was as much for the ghosts of the old Stadium as it was for the fans.
This was as much for the pride of cold steel on ice as much as it was for the Wirtz family.
Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Keith Magnuson, Tony Esposito, Denis Savard...
This one was for you and me.
One could say that the Chicago Blackhawks took the scenic route on the road back to respectability, but it was worth the wait.
Anyone who has felt the pride of the Indian sweater has also felt the sting of seven years of futility, but no more. We can be proud once again.
Eric Nesterenk, Doug Wilson, Glenn Hall, Tony Amonte, Ed Belfour...
We are in the playoffs.
Will we bring the Stanley Cup home to Chicago?
Maybe, maybe not, but what really matters is that this organization has turned things around in every sense of the term.
They have welcomed back familiar old faces while introducing the brand to new fans by putting the home games back on TV.
Murray Bannerman, Chris Chelios, Phil Esposito, Dennis Hull, Cliff Koroll...
Like a comfortable pair of old blue jeans, we were only too happy to return.
Fans filled the United Center night after glorious night. Young talents like Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews combined with veterans like Martin Havlat and Nikolai Khabibulin have rewarded us for coming back.
Pit Martin, Troy Murray, Jeremy Roenick, Ed Olczyk, Jim Pappin, Al Secord...
It may have taken the passing of a stubborn old liquor distributor to once again point the arrow in the right direction, but one death helped to breathe new life into another body.
But that's yesterday's news. Today's headlines scream of a bright future.
Pat Stapleton, Steve Larmer, Moose Vasko, Bill White, Bill Mosienko, Pierre Pilote...
For a young boy that remembers growing up when hockey was king of this town, this is special. That young boy remembers the call of the great Lloyd Petit.
Now, the call of Pat Foley, his voice once silenced to Hawk fans by stupidity, has also returned and it's a wonderful thing.
On a Thursday night at the United Center, the Blackhawks beat the Calgary Flames, 3-2, on an overtime goal by Marty Havlat.
So the long drought is over. And the young boy?
He's now a not-so-young man who, at least on this night, feels like a kid again, come to think of it.