The Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins was an exhausting series played with passion from both sides. Even after a shocking end, it’s nice to know that the team still cares about sportsmanship.

Friday’s edition of the Boston Globe featured a full page ad from Rocky Wirtz — chairman of the Wirtz Corporation, which owns the Blackhawks — and team president and CEO John McDonough, thanking the city of Boston for a well-played series.

Even though Bruins fans were upset over the loss, hats of to Chicago for remebering what’s important.

Thank you: An open letter to the Boston Bruins organization and the city of Boston

Hockey is a tough game. As impressed as we were by the strength, talent, and competitive spirit of the Boston Bruins on the ice, we were deeply touched by what happened off the ice. Rarely have we experienced the hospitality you afforded us throughout the playoff series between two incredibly gifted teams.

On behalf of the Chicago Blackhawks organization and the entire Wirtz Corporation, we want to personally express our heartfelt appreciation to your city, the Bruins organization, and especially, the citizens of Boston for the remarkable welcome you showed our team and the many Chicagoans who visited.

From Boston’s political leadership to every member of the Bruins organization, from the players to the people on the streets, you demonstrated respect, good sportsmanship, and a genuine love for the great game of hockey.

Like the rest of the world, Chicagoans have been reminded in recent days of Boston’s strength. Please know we tip our hat to your city’s big heart and gracious spirit. You lead by example and have set the bar very high for others to follow.



There’s something about hockey that brings out the absolute best in sportsmanship.

H/T CBS Boston