So you can understand why the fans were up all night when the Chicago Blackhawks pulled it off once again.
There was another big impromptu rally. This one in front of Coach Joel Quenneville’s house.
According to neighbors, there were hundreds of people on the streets, celebrating, honking horns, playing music and high-fiving each other. Unlike Chicago, there were no arrests. This was a friendly, “neighborly” celebration.
In fact, it’s become a neighborhood tradition. It’s the third time in six years the neighbors have come out. They celebrate in front of Coach Q’s home and TP, toilet paper, the property.
The pictures below are what it looked like this morning when I was out walking my dog.
It was exciting to see. I’m thrilled the Blackhawks won. But I’m not going to lie. My first thought was, who’s going to clean this mess? Apparently, tradition also has it that neighbors will be coming back in a few days to take care of it.
I spoke with Hinsdale Police Chief Bradley Bloom. I asked him what the family thought about the mess and the celebration in front of the home.
“The Quenneville’s are very nice people. They are very involved in the community and are proud to have the Stanley Cup and proud to have the attention,” said Chief Bloom. But I wondered how they felt about the toilet paper. Chief Bloom replied, “it’s not viewed as a negative but instead a positive.”
He did have one thing he wanted everyone to know. If you’re thinking about driving by the house, don’t. He said the family deserves their privacy and will not be coming out to give autographs. I was just glad to hear they were okay with all of this. The hundreds outside their street weren’t doing any harm, just celebrating a neighbor. Apparently the party got so big, police had to block off the street. They are still patrolling today to make sure the Q’s aren’t harassed and no one gets hit by a car.
Then I remembered 2013. The year the Hawks won the cup for the second time in recent years. I was sitting watching the 4th of July Parade in my community when all of the sudden the crowd started getting noisy and restless and everyone stood up. As I looked down the street. There he was, and there IT was. Coach Q sharing in all of the glory of the Stanley Cup victory with his neighbors.
What a great neighbor. He’s taken being neighborly to a whole new level. So nice to know that the man who built the dynasty known as the Chicago Blackhawks is such a nice neighbor. And a humble one at that. Go Hawks! Kudos to you Coach Q!