The rebirth of hockey in Chicago can be traced to June 22, 2007. Thirteen days shy of three years later, the player who helped turn around a franchise and breathe new life into a moribund franchise, Patrick Kane, lived the dream of any kid who ever picked up a hockey stick.
Kane’s NHL Stanley Cup-winning goal 4:06 into overtime sparked a celebration 49 years in the making that ranged from the Wachovia Center ice to the “Magnificent Mile” and all the way back to Buffalo.
“I can’t believe this just happened,” Kane said. “It’s something you dream of as a kid. To score the winning goal in the Stanley Cup Final … it was just … it was unbelievable.”
“It would be a storybook ending to a good Hollywood script,” Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz said . “Who would have thought we could do this?”