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Long time coming: Chicago Blackhawks are champions

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CHICAGO (AP) -From the first day of training camp nine months ago, the Chicago Blackhawks felt the expectations. They were everywhere, generated by championship-hungry fans and by the players themselves.

After the first practice on that steamy September day, Patrick Kane made it clear what his team would be chasing. The Stanley Cup. Win it or the season would be a disappointment.

The Blackhawks, led by the 21-year-old Kane and their 22-year-old captain Jonathan Toews, made it happen.

Now they will parade with their teammates on Friday through a city that is giddy because the Blackhawks have seized the Cup for the first time since 1961.

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