CALUMET CITY | Count Calumet City municipal officials among those who want to bask in the glow of the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup championship trophy.
The City Council on Thursday approved a request by Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush to draft a resolution praising the Blackhawks for winning their second National Hockey League championship in the past four seasons.
The Blackhawks on Monday won the Stanley Cup finals by defeating the Boston Bruins, four games to two in the best-of-seven series.
The resolution will be drafted in coming weeks and likely will be approved by the City Council at one of its July meetings. The next scheduled meeting is July 11.
Also bringing up the Blackhawks was 5th Ward Alderman Roger Munda, who pointed out that someone raised a Blackhawks team banner along with the U.S. flag that flies over Pulaski Park, across the street from City Hall, 204 Pulaski Road.
“I want to give a ‘thank you’ to the anonymous person who put up that flag,” Munda said.
Seventh Ward Alderman Antoine Collins plans to make the Blackhawks a personal experience, saying he will attend ceremonies later this summer when the team puts the Stanley Cup trophy on display at the United Center arena in Chicago.
“I’m going to have a date with that Cup,” Collins said.
To which Qualkinbush expressed interest in participating as well. “Can I be your date for that date?” she asked Collins.
“If you’re nice,” the alderman responded.
Just how much of a hockey fan is the Calumet City mayor?
Qualkinbush admits she did not see any of the Monday night 3-2 Blackhawks victory over the Bruins because she lost electricity that night due to storms that passed through the area.
“I missed all of it,” she said. “Maybe next time (the Blackhawks win a championship), I’ll get to see it.”