(PITTSBURGH) June 13, 2009 - Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato today announced plans to honor the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins with a ‘City of Champions’ victory parade through downtown Pittsburgh Monday, June 15, starting at 12:00 noon at the intersection of Grant Street and Seventh Avenue.
"No words can describe the history-making comeback achieved by our team,” Ravenstahl said. “No one believed that this could be done, that we could win on the road and defy history, and that the League’s youngest captain could make it happen,” Ravenstahl said. “On Monday, let’s show the world how the ‘City of Champions’ welcomes home their Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins.”
"Monday’s parade will be a great opportunity for this region to honor and celebrate this amazing Penguins team for bringing the Stanley Cup back home,” Onorato said.
The parade will commence at 12:00 noon and take the same route as last February’s Super Bowl parade. Proceeding through Grant Street, the parade will loop to the Boulevard of the Allies and end at Stanwix Street where a stage celebration will be held. A media reviewing stand will be set up near the stage.
When we started our journey we made a commitment to our fans to be relevant and to see the Chicago Blackhawks become the best professional hockey organization. There are not two finer symbols of that than Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. The commitment we have made to these incredible young men is equal to the commitment they have made to our team, our fans, our entire organization and the city of Chicago.
— Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz on signing Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to contract extensions