CHICAGO — The crew escorting the Stanley Cup to the United Center on Monday evening amid road closures and flooding was given a police escort for a trip that, according to a supply, reached speeds of one hundred mph.
The Blackhawks have been anointed Stanley Cup champions when the buzzer sounded right after a two- win in Game 6 over the Tampa Bay Lightning, but there was one particular point missing in the celebrations that straight away followed — the Stanley Cup itself.
The vaunted trophy arrived fashionably late, delayed by the untimely detours that were a outcome of extreme weather ahead of the game.
The supply with knowledge of the scenario stated the crew escorting the Cup to the facility left its hotel in the outskirts of Chicago at puck drop, but the commute was less than ideal.
Even even though the crew ultimately got the police escort, it nevertheless did not arrive to the rink on time.
“Mother Nature was not a hockey fan tonight,” the head keeper of the Cup, Phil Pritchard, told ESPN.com whilst the Blackhawks were celebrating on the ice.
The presentation of the Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy, the latter of which was provided to Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith, could not go on as initially planned, although each trophies were at some point awarded.