So far this summer, Chicago Blackhawks players and staff have hoisted the Stanley Cup all over North America. Wednesday, one of the team's longest-serving employees took the opportunity to bring the Cup back to Chicago.
Blackhawks head athletic trainer and Chicago native Mike Gapski brought the Cup to the suburb of Crestwood, Ill., giving several local fans the chance to see the most iconic trophy in all of sports.
A long day with the Cup started early in the morning at Incarnation Catholic Parish, where Gapski is a parishioner. Gapski, entering his 26th season with the team, brought the Cup to the church when the Blackhawks won it in 2010, and fans started camping outside the building at dawn for a chance to see the trophy this time around. After a morning spent at the church, the scene shifted to a much larger meet-and-greet.