Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley is wagering a package of local food, drink and other products with his counterpart in Vancouver on the Blackhawks upcoming Western Conference Semifinal series against the Canucks.
The series, a rematch of the Hawks' 4-2 victory last year, begins Saturday in Chicago.
"It was just about a year ago that we were celebrating the Hawks' first appearance in the Stanley Cup playoffs since 2002," Daley said Thursday during a City Hall news conference at which he was joined by team president John McDonough and other Hawks officials.
"The excitement that returned to this franchise last season has grown this year," Daley said.
To demonstrate his confidence in the Hawks, Daley made a friendly wager with Mayor Gregor Robertson of Vancouver on the outcome of the series.
"There's a huge amount of "buzz" about this team right now, and that's good for our city," Daley said. "We're proud of the way they're representing both the great tradition of the franchise and all the people of Chicago."
The mayor's office said anything edible the won in the wager will be donated to the Chicago Food Depository.