The Chicago Blackhawks won the 2015 National Hockey League (NHL) Final Monday night by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning, and so, of course, the obligatory championship parade was scheduled to take place Thursday in the Windy City. Members of the Blackhawks organization are expected to show off the coveted Stanley Cup during the procession that will follow a route that will take the NHL champions around the city’s Loop, including the famed Michigan Avenue.
The parade is slated to begin at 9:00 a.m. CDT and is scheduled to end at 1:00 p.m. CDT.
For those in Chicago who will be stuck in the office and will not be able to attend, or for hockey fans located elsewhere who want to watch it but don’t have ready access to a television, a live stream of the procession has been planned by local TV station WGN. To watch the live stream on your mobile device or on a desktop computer, click here.
The Blackhawks won their third Stanly Cup title in six years, but it was the first time they had actually won the championship in Chicago since 1938, Yahoo! Sports reported. Winger Patrick Kane was the hero Monday night by scoring and assisting on both goals that shut out the Lightning and concluded the six-game series. Kane will join the rest of his teammates – most likely atop a float – while waving to fans lined up along the parade’s route.
To find out more about the route, how to access tickets for a rally at Soldier’s Field stadium, click here.
The ensuing celebration Monday night was marred by a series of arrests for more than two dozen people who were charged with a variety of crimes that included four felonies and 21 misdemeanors, the Chicago Tribune reported. The raucous rejoicing left five police officers injured and six police cruisers with significant damage as revelers scaled light poles, pelted law enforcement with bottles and set off fireworks.