Today, the Chicago Blackhawks showed what sportsmanship
really is. The Stanley Cup Champions took out a full-page ad in the Boston Globe that
commended the entire city of Boston for their spirit and determination
following the Boston Marathon bombings, and thanked them for their hospitality.
For those of you who are Bruins fans and think that this is
just Chicago trying to rub their Stanley Cup victory in the face of the already
beaten down city of Boston, I highly recommend that you take the time to read
this letter. For a sport that involves slamming each other into walls, fights
that aren't broken up by refs, and checking each other with sticks, you would
think that being part of an NHL organization would come along with a tough-guy
persona. However, the Chicago Blackhawks showed how sports should truly be
played, and how important it is to respect your opponents. The team could have
just as easily gotten the same message across with a tweet or by having some internet marketing company write up a sappy PR, but
instead they took the time to print their kind words in Boston's most trusted
paper to make more of an impact on a city facing hard times.
The advertisement was one that you couldn't miss. With the
words "THANK YOU" written across the top of the page in big, red letters, I'm
sure that this touching letter caught the attention of anyone skimming through
their morning paper.
The letter, signed by Rocky Wirtz, chairman of the Wirtz
Corporation that owns the Blackhawks, along with team president John McDonough
"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.
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.
Boston's political leadership to every member of the Bruins organization; from
the players to the people on the street, you demonstrated respect, good
sportsmanship, and a genuine love for the great game of hockey.
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
This isn't the first time Chicago lent a hand to Boston.
Shortly after the Boston Marathon bombings, the staff of the Chicago Tribune sent
pizza over to the staff of the Boston Globe, along with words of
encouragement. These two cities, although sometimes opponents on a field, court
or rink, clearly have a connection with each other that goes well beyond the
parking lot of a stadium or the walls of an arena. This type of sportsmanship
is what sports is all about, and the rest of the sporting world should take
note of this move by the Blackhawks, because it is an example that the rest of
sports should follow.