Hawks Team President Gets to be Champ for the Day

June 20, 2010

The Stanley Cup has been traveling all over the country since the Blackhawks won it on June 9, and this weekend it made appearances on the Northwest side of Chicago.

John McDonough brought the Cup to his hometown on Saturday, first starting in Edison Park, where the Blackhawks Team President grew up, and ending in Elk Grove Village, where he has lived for the past 25 years.

John McDonough hoists the Stanley Cup to thousands of cheering fans in his hometown Saturday. ~ Tom Cruze, Sun-Times photo

The first rally was at Brooks Park in Edison Park, where hundreds of area residents came to cheer.

The entourage then went to on to Elk Grove Village, where McDonough attended another celebration with thousands of fans looking on.

He then rode a float with his wife, Karen, and the Cup in a Hometown Parade down Elk Grove Boulevard.

McDonough was joined by his family, friends, Blackhawks officials, representatives from the Hockey Hall of Fame and Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson, who declared Saturday “John McDonough Day” in Elk Grove Village.

‚ÄúThis is only the fourth time that the Chicago Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup since the NHL began competing for it in the early 1920s, and this is the first time that Chicago has had the Stanley Cup in its possession in almost a half century,” said Mayor Johnson. “Elk Grove Village is honored to be the spot of the Cup’s first official northwest suburban public unveiling.”

Every championship team member gets at least one day with the Stanley Cup, including McDonough, who deals with the day-to-day operations. The Cup next goes to the NHL Awards in Las Vegas on Wednesday and will be back in Chicago later this summer.

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