CHICAGO -- If the Chicago Blackhawks can win the 2013 Stanley Cup, one of the lasting memories of their remarkable season will be "Jammer's Speech."
It happened inside the Blackhawks locker room at United Center the day after Chicago fell behind 3-1 in its Western Conference Semifinal against the rival Detroit Red Wings. After losing Game 4 at Joe Louis Arena, several players stepped forward to speak, including 38-year-old Jamal Mayers.
His words left a lasting impression on his younger teammates and might have given the Blackhawks the kick they needed to get things back in gear. Chicago stormed back to win the next three games against Detroit, then defeated the Los Angeles Kings in five games in the Western Conference Final.
They open the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday here (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).
"I just spoke from the heart and I think -- this is what I try to tell young guys -- if you're authentic about the team you can say whatever you want to the team, or you should say whatever you want to the team, because your heart's in the right place and all you really want to do is win," Mayers said. "That's kind of what I was talking about. At the end of the day, the guys on the ice did the job and came back, but I think, at the very least, maybe I gave them a little bit of perspective on what it's like to be 38 and at the end of your career."