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From The Archive: Ditka visits the UC (April 18, 2009)

by Brad Boron / Chicago Blackhawks
On Monday, the Chicago Bears retired No. 89 in honor of legendary tight end and coach Mike Ditka. The Blackhawks congratulate Coach Ditka and his family on this great career achievement!

"Da Coach" dropped by the United Center on April 18, 2009, before the Blackhawks took on the Calgary Flames in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

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Mike Ditka, with Jonathan Toews and Calgary's Jarome Iginla, drops the puck before the playoff game. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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"Da Coach" meets "The Captain" after the ceremonial puck drop. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Ditka meets Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville in the locker room. (Photo by Bill Smith/Chicago Blackhawks)

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