The disappointment of the Bruins' loss in the Stanley Cup Finals was softened a bit Friday when the Chicago Blackhawks took out gracious, full-page ad in the Boston Globe in which they thanked the city of Boston for its hospitality and resilience, and praised the Bruins for their competitiveness, respect and sportsmanship.
The ad, which was signed by team chairman Rocky Wirtz and president and CEO John McDonough reads:
"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 of 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."