CHICAGO -- From an hour-long parade to start the day to a sea of red and black at a raucous rally to cap it, the Chicago Blackhawks celebrated their 2015 Stanley Cup championship on Thursday.
"Last time we did this, we were saying it was two in four years," forward Patrick Sharp told the crowd at Soldier Field. "Now we're proud to say it's three in six. Everybody wants to know which was the best Cup … 2010 was special, 2013 was special, but there's nothing like winning the Cup on home ice in front of your fans."
That's exactly what they did three nights prior with a 2-0 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at United Center. Ever since, it's been one big party in a city that's gotten a lot of practice at it recently.
Two main themes stuck out at the rally. The first is the Blackhawks' desire to win a fourth title in seven seasons. The second is how much they think about former assistant equipment manager Clint Reif, who died at age 34 in December.
Conn Smythe winner Duncan Keith combined both into one final sentiment before leaving the podium.
"Let's keep this red machine rolling, baby!" Keith shouted. "This one's for Reifer! Let's do it again, eh? Four sounds better than three."