The Chicago Blackhawks aren’t content.
While the Blackhawks and their fans celebrated a third Stanley Cup in six years at a rally at Soldier Field on Thursday, the organization didn’t shy away from talk of adding a fourth one sooner than later.
“Let’s do it again, eh?” Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith said. “Four sounds better than three.”
Keith wasn’t the only one with that message.
“Maybe the only way it does get better is if we win four. Let’s go,” said Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, who didn’t have much of his voice left.
Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz was right behind his players.
“You, our fans are the reason we want to keep the Cup home,” Wirtz said. “Our one goal now is: Let’s stay at home. Let’s do it again, and let’s get four.”
There were plenty of other highlights throughout the rally:
Wirtz opened with a zinger for the Tampa Bay Lightning, who the Blackhawks eliminated in the Stanley Cup finals. “Hey, did everyone notice that we had a little bit of rain on Monday night? I didn’t see any lightning,” Wirtz said.
Corey Crawford caught everyone’s attention when he swore a few times during his rally speech in 2013. He went for a repeat in 2015, taking the podium and yelling, “F---ing right, Chicago!”
Kris Versteeg awarded the team’s MVP belt for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals to C.J. Reif, the son of the late Clint Reif, who was a Blackhawks assistant equipment manager. “This is really about Clint Reif and the Reif family,” Versteeg said. “We hold them really dear to our heart.”
For all the talk of Patrick Kane maturing, he put everyone on warning. “I know you said I’ve been growing up, but watch out for me the next week," Kane said.
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville described each of the three Stanley Cups in a few words. “I think back in 2010, I think of Philly, I think immediately Kaner, the magician, making the puck disappear," Quenneville said. "2013, I think of 17 seconds. This year I’ve never been more proud of a team than I am of our players from this year’s achievement. This will go down in my memory, what made this Cup the best memory is all about team.”
Brad Richards wasn’t expected to speak, but he couldn’t resist. Richards, who will become an unrestricted free agent, said, “Kaner has some pull around here. Maybe he’ll want me back.”
Kimmo Timonen had the most emphatic Stanley Cup hoist on stage. He picked it up, gave it a kiss and sprung it over his head. He gave it a few more kisses before finally putting it down again.
Michal Rozsival made a heart sign with his crutches to show his appreciation for the fans.
Patrick Sharp broke down each of his three Stanley Cups. “Everybody wants to know what’s the best Cup -- 2010 was special, 2013 was special, but there’s nothing like winning the Cup on home ice in front of your fans, the greatest in the NHL,” Sharp said.
The rally ended with Joakim Nordstrom and Versteeg singing a duet while their teammates stood behind them.