Chicago Blackhawks: In the finals, and that’s no lion!

Cher is a Canadian expat living in Chicago, and what I love about her blog, The Chicago Files, is that she uses words and photos to describe her life in such an upbeat and refreshing way. Today’s post is a rather good one. It’s all about the Art Museum’s sticking of hockey helmet’s on their signature lions that stand guard outside in honor of the Chicago Blackhawks reaching the Stanley Cup Finals. It’s a fun way to support your local team, even though my Philadelphia Flyers loyalties are internally grumbling.

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Well now, what do we have here?  Why, it’s a bronze lion sporting a Chicago Blackhawks helmet!

There is a tradition here in Chicago which I utterly love.  Whenever a Chicago sports team makes the final round or game in their particular sport, the prominent bronze lion statues ‘guarding’ the front of the Art Institute of Chicago get a bit of a makeover.  The helmet or hat of the ‘final round team’ is placed upon the head of each lion (there are two).  At this very moment, the lions are sporting “Chicago Blackhawks” helmets!! (The Chicago Blackhawks are Chicago’s National Hockey League team).

Here’s another angle:


Since 2010, the Chicago Blackhawks have made the final round three times, winning the ultimate hockey prize, the “Stanley Cup” in 2010 and 2013; currently, they are in the 2015 Stanley Cup Series.  Before their monumental win in 2010, the Chicago Blackhawks had not…

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3 thoughts on “Chicago Blackhawks: In the finals, and that’s no lion!

  1. OK, Karen, listen to my windy logic. The Syracuse Crunch skate in the American Hockey League. My dear wife Karen and I go to games. We even took Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle to doggie night his season. The Crunch’s parent NHL squad is the Tampa Bay Lightning. Because I am a New York Islanders fan, my somewhat timid voice in this Stanley Cup final will be raised for the Tampa Bay squad. Ten of their players skated in Syracuse for the Crunch as little as two seasons ago. I think that’s somewhat of a hometown connection for me.

    Anyway, I love Cher’s helmeted Lion. And your hockey sense to report it. 🙂

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    1. I followed you just fine, Mark. I can see why you are holding a teeny-tiny TB banner.

      The Islanders…yes, I remember when Mike Bossy, Denis Potvin, and the Sutter brothers were the banes of our existence. I won’t hold it against you.


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