Chicago Blackhawks 2014-15 Stanley Cup Champions

Tonight, history was made in our hometown of Chicago as our beloved Blackhawks hoisted the Cup at home for the first time since 1938. (And technically then, the Stanley Cup wasn’t even present to hoist, haha.)

I’ll update with more images of tonight’s celebration. Stay safe, Chicago!

For now, this makes 3 Stanley Cups in 6 years. Dynasty?! *nods head*

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We did it!!! world champs ! – @lennygilmore #blackhawks

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Blackhawks win at Soldier Field

Tonight marked the first day of March… and in Chicago that meant more snow and freezing temperatures. In other words, perfect weather for an outdoor hockey game! (Hey, it didn’t deter 62,921 hockey fans at Soldier Field — marking the fourth-largest attendance in NHL history, per NHL PR.)

The very cool NHL Stadium Series continued at Soldier Field, home of the Bears, tonight as the defending Cup Champs played host to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Hawks skated to a commanding 5-1 win, highlighted by Jonathan Toews‘ Goal of the Year candidate below.

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With the snow falling under the Soldier Field lights, I kept my eyes peeled to the Chicago Blackhawks Facebook page for some majestic photos. The gallery above features my favorites as the full photo album is well-worth a quick scroll-thru. Of course, I had to do the recap after my spotlight on the set-up in the Design section earlier this week. Go Hawks!

One last note about this damn weather… this tweet from The Bulls Show + one of my favorite GIFs this year sums it all up…

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Soldier Field with Ice

I love seeing outdoor hockey games ever since the last time the NHL brought the game to Chicago at Wrigley Field a few years ago. It’s refreshing to see the speed of the game unfold in an outdoor environment, inside a landmark stadium known for hosting a sport other than hockey. Design-wise, I always like seeing the far perspectives to see how a rink fits on top of an iconic baseball or football field. I previously spotlighted this in the last NHL outdoor classic game at Dodger Stadium last month; now we have the first photo at Chicago’s Soldier Field for the Blackhawks/Penguins showdown this Saturday to resume the NHL season.

Two great things about this photo: the gorgeous Chicago skyline picking above the Soldier Field roof. And the BEARS endzone still visible.

Hometown pride! The game is March 1st and we’re expecting a high of 18 degrees with a foot of snow to come later in the weekend. Juuust the appropriate weather for an outdoor hockey game, eh?