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Blackhawks head trainer shows off Cup for charities

by Staff /

Chicago Blackhawks head trainer Mike Gapski brought the Stanley Cup to Marist High School in Chicago and a minor-league baseball stadium in Crestwood, Ill., on Thursday.

Gapski also had plans to take the Cup to a bar and restaurant in Merrionette Park, Ill., later Thursday.

Gapski arranged the three visits to raise money for various charities and groups, including Marist's hockey team. At Marist and Standard Bank Stadium, home of the Frontier League's Windy City ThunderBolts, fans received a 4-by-6 photo for a $10 fee charged to those 8 and older. Proceeds also benefit the Special Olympics, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and families in need.

"In general, it's for families we've heard about," Gapski, a 25-year resident of Crestwood, told the Chicago Tribune on Monday. "Last time, there was a family where the father was having a kidney transplant and a daughter had a brain tumor. I like doing it this way because you know a family needs help and you know they are getting it."

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