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City Celebrates Chicago Blackhawks

Event date: Wednesday, August 07, 2013, from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM

August 7, 2013 – A Chicago Blackhawks flag has been raised by Mayor Keith Hobbs outside of the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of Thunder Bay’s rich history with the Stanley Cup-winning NHL team.

“On behalf of Thunder Bay City Council and our hockey-loving citizens, it’s an honour to fly the Chicago Blackhawks flag outside the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame,” said Mayor Hobbs. “It’s truly remarkable that so many Thunder Bay-region athletes have not only played for such a high-profile, powerful and long-standing NHL team, but contributed to three Stanley Cup victories. Congratulations to you all. We’re all very proud of you, and look forward to next season.”

Twenty-eight Thunder Bay region hockey players have worn a Chicago Blackhawks jersey during their professional careers. Several of those have celebrated Stanley Cup championships during their time with the team. The 2012-2013 championship Blackhawks included five individuals with ties to the Thunder Bay region – players Patrick Sharp, Duncan Keith and Carter Hutton, Assistant General Manager Norm Maciver and Assistant Coach Jamie Kompon.

Local players Tommy Cook and Roger Jenkins were both members of the 1933-1934 Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks team, with Jenkins winning the cup with the Blackhawks again during the 1937-1938 season.

Hutton, members of Kompon’s family, and Steve Hrymnak, who played for the Blackhawks during 1951-1952 season, were in attendance at the ceremony. Sharp was unable to attend due to prior commitments, and Kompon and Maciver were also unavailable as they were running hockey camps.

“The Sports Hall of Fame has a mandate to preserve, honour and celebrate our rich and proud sports heritage,” said Diane Imrie – Executive Director, Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. “The flying of the flag of a team that includes athletes and sports administrators that have represented us with distinction in the world of sports is just another way for us to help celebrate our community pride.”

The Blackhawks flag will fly outside of the NWO Sports Hall of Fame, located at 219 South May St., until the end of August.

“We look forward to hosting more flag-raising ceremonies as our athletes continue to claim victory on the national and international stage,” Imrie said.

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Contact: Mayor Keith Hobbs, 625-3601