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"Fans Celebrate Blackhawks' Stanley Cup Victory...In Very Different Ways"

Slush mentioned seeing a "radio station" at my local rink's bar. It ended up being WBEZ, the NPR station.

About half of my rec team showed up for a game that was rescheduled to start AFTER Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals was over. Unfortunately, it went into overtime and my game couldn't be delayed.

So the the 16 players began their own game but stopped about 10 minutes into it after hearing cheering in the bar and being banging the glass. Most of us (including the refs) skated over to see the replay and celebration. (I'm at the left edge of the photo with my arms in the air.) 

So it was a great night for hockey. The Chicago Blackhawks won, and so did my team, 10-5. :)



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It was another TYPICAL weekend in Chicago:
  • Obnoxious St. Louis Cardinal fans - Cubs lost 2 out of 3 games
  • Boorish Philly Flyers fans - Hawks won both games
  • The President of the US visiting his old Chicago hangout - messed up air and road traffic
  • A few thousand leather and gear fans at IML (International Mr. Leather)
But what did some of the furries do? We used IML as an excuse to hang out in downtown Chicago and just have fun.
  • Friday - Gearblast, organized by Rocketpup, is a social gathering at IML for fans of all types of gear / dress (from business suits to rubber / leather to sports unitforms to fursuits) - While there was a great turnout in general, 35 furries showed up (me, nitropup, jet, hunter, perro, rex, woody, ryan, vish, fen, metro, fozzi, zoober, dane, huxley, pawnce, leon, cyanwolf, theome, delmir, kale, yelang, basilfox, street, kodi, slush, snickers, tozier, spork, madius, panth, tahoe, seven, the man, novaua)
  • Saturday - The fursuiters (spork, madius, woody, dbruin, arty, jaegerfuchs, tigwolf, theome, rex, and delmir) invaded the big market at IML. Overall, it was mainly positive comments. The few negatives centered around blocking paths in the market and how it wasn't related to leather. We were later joined by Kamberlane and his GF for dinner and later drinks at the Signature Room (95th-96th floors of the John Hancock Tower) where the view of the Chicago at night was incredible. The night ended with drinks and good times.
  • Sunday - Nitropup and I took it easy this day. we made our way to the Lincoln Park zoo (along with a billion other people) to see the animals. Once again, the puma was asleep. We did meet up with some of the furs at the IML hotel for dinner. We later went to the local ice rink where 15 of us scrimmaged for about 1.5 hours which was lots of fun. After showering up, Nitropup and I made it back to the IML for another night of drinks and joking around.
  • Monday - There wasn't enough time for much fun things. After brunch and packing up, Nitropup had to flying back to New York. I met up with a bunch of other local furs for a BBQ and watching the Blackhawks beat the Flyers in Game 2! (Thanks to Slush for his impromptu sketch of me - see above)
Wish I could tell you what will happen next weekend. I'm sure it'll be just as "varied..." *off to bed*

*Edit - IML is International Mr. Leather not International Male Leather
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One of my hockey teams I play on, the Blackwolves of the Chicago Gay Hockey Association, is holding a fundraiser on Saturday, March 27.
Hopefully some of you can come out! It's sponsored by Mary's Rec Room & The Wild Pug.

CHECK-IN
4:30pm at Mary's Rec Room
Meet the CGHA team and other fans for dinner and drinks!

From there, everyone will board a big yellow school bus to watch the Blackwolves in action against the Black Magic in Northbrook! Best part...Alcohol is permitted on the bus! BYOB

GAME TIME!
7:00pm-8:30pm: Game is at North Shore Ice Arena.

AFTER PARTY
9pm at Wild Pug
After the game, the fan bus will be dropping everyone off at Wild Pug for a CGHA victory :) celebration!

SECURE YOUR SEAT
Secure Seat on the fan bus through $10 Donation to CGHA. SEATS ARE LIMITED and deadline is Friday, March 26 at 5pm.
Make donation through paypal: http://www.paypal.com 
Payment recipient: info@chicagogayhockey.org

IF YOU'RE GOING:
Let me know as well so you're on the RSVP list. The actual invite is on facebook.

A big thanks to Mary's Rec Room & Wild Pug for sponsoring this event. This is a great chance for only a few bucks to cheer on your friends. Plus, for those of you living in Chicago, it can't get much easier than a bus provided to get you to the burbs.

Can't make it to the game? Feel free to join us at both Mary's Rec Room and Wild Pug at the times listed above.

Mary's Rec Room of Hamburger Mary's
Located at 5400 North Clark Street
http://www.hamburgermaryschicago.com

Wild Pug
Located at 4810 North Broadway Street
http://www.worldsgreatestbar.com/pug/index.htm
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(Cross posted to [livejournal.com profile] hockeyfurs )

I guess what they say about resting between playing hockey games is important.
In a year when playing 1 to 2 games a week is average, I'm on track to play in 7 games in 10 days. 
My legs are tired. My body is sore. My skating stinks now. My puck handling is awful. 

At least I'll get a break tomorrow night (work meeting) before two more days of games. :P

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