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The Friday Five: Land of Lincoln

by Brad Boron / Chicago Blackhawks

This weekend, millions of people will flock to the cinema to see director Steven Spielberg's take on our 16th U.S. President, Abraham Lincoln.

Though the Blackhawks Blog can neither confirm nor deny "Honest Abe's" affection for the sport of hockey (the first organized indoor hockey game wouldn't be played until roughly a decade after his death), the Blackhawks paid tribute to Illinois' favorite son during their summer with the Stanley Cup in 2010. The Cup visited a number of historic sites in Illinois, many of which tied in directly with "The Great Emancipator."

Here's "The Friday Five: Land of Lincoln edition":

1. Lincoln served four terms in the Illinois legislature, and the Stanley Cup spent a day at the capitol in Springfield. The Cup began its day at the statue of the man himself, which sits in front of the building.

2. Once the Cup made its way inside, Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz set up a public showing for hockey's ultimate prize...

... And the Lord Stanley's Cup got a private tour on the floor of the legislature.

3. The Cup then toured the governor's mansion, and a photo was snapped with it in the Lincoln bedroom.

4. The journey then moved to the Lincoln Home National Historic Site. Here, the Cup was photographed with Lincoln's personal desk, where a young Lincoln did much of his legal and early campaign work.

5. The Cup then traveled back upstate, to the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop in Chicago, and this photo was snapped on the very table where the surrender documents ending the Civil War were prepared.

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