Blackhawks Mayhem

People in a crowd spray a passing vehicle with beer as fans celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Wrigleyville Monday, June 15, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

People in a crowd spray a passing vehicle with beer as fans celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Wrigleyville Monday, June 15, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A man raises his fist in the air as police block off part of a crowd in front of Wrigley Field as fans celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Wrigleyville Monday, June 15, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A man raises his fist in the air as police block off part of a crowd in front of Wrigley Field as fans celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Wrigleyville Monday, June 15, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A man pours beer into another man's mouth as fans celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Wrigleyville Monday, June 15, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A man pours beer into another man's mouth as fans celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Wrigleyville Monday, June 15, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Police officers talk to a man in hand cuffs as fans celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Wrigleyville Monday, June 15, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Police officers talk to a man in hand cuffs as fans celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Wrigleyville Monday, June 15, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon raises the Stanley Cup at Wrigley Field on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon raises the Stanley Cup at Wrigley Field on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Blackhawks winger Brandon Saad greets fans outside of the Rockit Burger Bar in Wrigleyville as his team celebrates their win Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Blackhawks winger Brandon Saad greets fans outside of the Rockit Burger Bar in Wrigleyville as his team celebrates their win Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Blackhawks winger Kris Versteeg, left, holds up the Stanley Cup next to center Brad Richards on the balcony of Rockit Bar & Grill in downtown Chicago as they celebrate their win Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Blackhawks winger Kris Versteeg, left, holds up the Stanley Cup next to center Brad Richards on the balcony of Rockit Bar & Grill in downtown Chicago as they celebrate their win Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A fan holds up a bottle of champagne that was dropped from the balcony of Rockit Bar & Grill in downtown Chicago as the Blackhawks celebrated their Stanley Cup win inside Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A fan holds up a bottle of champagne that was dropped from the balcony of Rockit Bar & Grill in downtown Chicago as the Blackhawks celebrated their Stanley Cup win inside Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A clean-shaven Patrick Sharp carries the Stanley Cup to a bus at the United Center in Chicago for the start of the championship parade on June 18, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A clean-shaven Patrick Sharp carries the Stanley Cup to a bus at the United Center in Chicago for the start of the championship parade on June 18, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Double-decker buses wait to carry Blackhawks players from the United Center to the championship parade and rally at Soldier Field on June 18, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Double-decker buses wait to carry Blackhawks players from the United Center to the championship parade and rally at Soldier Field on June 18, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Blackhawks' Coach Joel Quenneville walks to a bus at the United Center in Chicago for the start of the championship parade on June 18, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Blackhawks' Coach Joel Quenneville walks to a bus at the United Center in Chicago for the start of the championship parade on June 18, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Members of the Chicago Blackhawks Ice Crew wait at the United Center for the start of the Blackhawks championship parade on June 18, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Members of the Chicago Blackhawks Ice Crew wait at the United Center for the start of the Blackhawks championship parade on June 18, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Blackhawks fans cheer as buses leave the United Center in Chicago for the start of the championship parade on Thursday, June 18, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Blackhawks fans cheer as buses leave the United Center in Chicago for the start of the championship parade on Thursday, June 18, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Blackhawks' Trevor van Riemsdyk talks to media before boarding a bus at the United Center in Chicago for the start of the championship parade on June 18, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Blackhawks' Trevor van Riemsdyk talks to media before boarding a bus at the United Center in Chicago for the start of the championship parade on June 18, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Ryan Boettcher, center, poses with fans and his homemade beer can Stanley Cup outside of Union Station in Chicago Thursday, June 18, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Ryan Boettcher, center, poses with fans and his homemade beer can Stanley Cup outside of Union Station in Chicago Thursday, June 18, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Blackhawks fans rest on the floor of Union Station after the championship parade and rally in Chicago Thursday, June 18, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Blackhawks fans rest on the floor of Union Station after the championship parade and rally in Chicago Thursday, June 18, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A clean-shaven Patrick Sharp holds his daughter on a bus with the Stanley Cup at the United Center in Chicago for the start of the championship parade on June 18, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A clean-shaven Patrick Sharp holds his daughter on a bus with the Stanley Cup at the United Center in Chicago for the start of the championship parade on June 18, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Hawks win the Cup!

The rabid hockey fan inside of me couldn't be more excited to witness the insanity of the Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup this week. On Monday night after the game, fans swarmed the streets of Wrigleyville, climbing streetlights, blasting Chelsea Dagger, high-fiving strangers and baptizing willing and not-so-willing passing cars with beer and champagne. 

On Tuesday, after a brief appearance at the Cubs game, the Stanley Cup went bar-hopping with some of the players around town. In what seemed to be an emerging theme, some of the guys sprayed a crowd of fans below with champagne from the balcony of a downtown bar. My gear and I didn't escape getting doused but hey, it was worth it.

Thursday was the championship parade and rally and I was stationed at the United Center for the start. According to the city, about 2 million people showed up for the parade and the rally at Soldier Field. That's a lot of "sick days." It was great to get a little up close and personal with some of the guys and their families, and the Cup, of course. And Coach Q even had a smile on his face!

All in all, a pretty crazy week and great experience. Only three months until hockey season starts again!

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