Last night Patrick Kane ended Chicago’s Stanley Cup drought of 49 years with an OT goal. It wasn’t since 2003 when the Devils played the Ducks did I not want either team to win the cup.
Marian Hossa has finally hoisted the cup. It only took him 13 years and 5 teams to do it and I can now officially call him a sell out. I thought it would have been pretty damn funny if Hossa didn’t win it again this year after so obviously jumping teams in a solitary effort to position himself to win the cup. If you think Hossa is bad I have 2 words for you…Ray Bourque.
Ray played for Boston for 20 years and realized Boston was not in a position to be Stanley Cup contenders so what did he do? He jumped ship to Colorado, won the cup his second year there, and then retired. Now there is even a “History will be made” commercial with him hoisting the cup. Ray’s defection was more egregious than Hossa’s by far.
I have no like or dislike for Philadelphia. I didn’t find myself rooting for or against them this year. I wanted Pronger to lose, but I thought their comeback from 0-3 deficit was extraordinary and I wanted them to make the series close. If they won…eh. If they lost…eh.
I don’t have the hatred for the Blackhawks like my Red Wing brethren. One of my best friends lives in Chicago, I have been to a Bears game, and a Cubs game and was not the subject of any ill will. If I had been my opinion would likely be different, but I’m happier Chicago won than the Flyers. With Chicago I found myself rooting for them because of what the team has done for the city under new ownership, they had the longest Stanley Cup drought, and for Scottie Bowman.
Regardless, the season is officially over and in less than 4 months the Red Wings quest begins anew!