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28th Jun 2013

Picture: Chicago Blackhawks thank the city of Boston with a full page ad


This is one seriously classy move from the lads involved in the Chicago Blackhawks, after their team won the Stanley Cup final against Boston

The Chicago Blackhawks fans were pretty happy when their team pulled off a fairly incredible victory with two goals in 17 seconds to win the Stanley Cup against the Boston Bruins earlier this week.

However, the team and the fans were both left with a lasting impression of the people of Boston, who suffered an attack during the Boston Marathon in April, something which we all still remember vividly.

Clearly, they wanted to give their thanks to the city and the fans who, despite the loss, still made them feel welcome, and took out a full page ad in the Boston Globe to pass on their message.

The full ad reads:

Hockey is a tough game. As impressed as we were by the strength, talent, and competitive spirit of the Boston Bruins on the ice, we were deeply touched by what happened off the ice. Rarely have we experienced the hospitality you afforded us throughout the playoff series between two incredibly gifted teams.

On behalf of the Chicago Blackhawks organization and the entire Wirtz Corporation, we want to personally express our heartfelt appreciation to your city, the Bruins organization, and especially, the citizens of Boston for the remarkable welcome you showed our team and the many Chicagoans who visited.

From Boston’s political leadership to every member of the Bruins organization, from the players to the people on the streets, you demonstrated respect, good sportsmanship, and a genuine love for the great game of hockey.

Like the rest of the world, Chicagoans have been reminded in recent days of Boston’s strength. Please know we tip our hat to your city’s big heart and gracious spirit. You lead by example and have set the bar very high for others to follow.

The verdict on this particular move from the Blackhawks on social media and everywhere else has been pretty unanimous, and it’s one that we find hard to disagree with: “classy”.

Hat-tip to the lads at Bleacher Report