Daily Herald celebrates as Stanley Cup comes to visit
Hundreds of Daily Herald employees and their youngest, or in some cases furriest, family members lined up Wednesday afternoon for a quick moment with the Stanley Cup, as the Chicago Blackhawks biggest prize visited the newspaper's Arlington Heights office.
"Those of us at the Daily Herald feel honored to have the Stanley Cup at our office. I want to thank (Blackhawks President) John McDonough for making this possible," Daily Herald Publisher Doug Ray said. "We have had such a strong connection with the Hawks over the years -- with Barry Rozner's personal connection with the team, the late Tim Sassone and Mike Spellman, and today with John Dietz, we have covered the team, I'd like to think, better than anyone else."
Fans brought their young children, grandparents and more to help them celebrate the Cup.
Diana Lloyd, who works in distribution at the Daily Herald, was the first in line Wednesday with her cat, Emily.
"I said if they won it again she would get to see it," said Lloyd, a Bartlett resident. "I just hope she sits still."
Janet Gundlach, of Arlington Heights, brought a cutout of a flat Trojan, a school project for her grandson in Sycamore, and held it up while she and her husband took a photo.
"Is he going to get a good grade for this or what?" she said.
Nick Gosser, whose stepfather George LeClaire is a Daily Herald photographer, pretended to eat out of the Cup with chopsticks.
"Last time the Cup came I just took a regular photo, and I wanted to do something out of the ordinary," said Gosser, of Evanston. "I wanted to bring a straw, but I couldn't find one."
Michael Sumrak, an employee with Town Square Publications, brought his new fiance Kyrie Kenny, who touched her diamond engagement ring to the Cup. The Glendale Heights couple got engaged on Saturday, and Sumrak said hockey has been one way for him to bond with his future father-in-law.
"If I wasn't in before, I am now," he said.
Prospect Heights Police Chief James Dunne, whose daughter Linda works in advertising, donned on a Blackhawks cap with his uniform.
"It's impressive, it's historic and it's just an honor to be around," Dunne said.
And one of the team's youngest fans, 5-month-old Casey Siebrass, dangled his feet in the cup while being held by his dad, Travis, digital editor at the Daily Herald.
"It's the greatest trophy in sports and has a magic about it that is unmatched," said Daily Herald Sports Columnist Barry Rozner, who worked with the Blackhawks to arrange the visit.
"With the Hawks being the sports story of the decade in Chicago and after seeing my colleagues' reaction to being near it last time, I wanted to try to make it happen again. The credit really goes to the Hawks for working hard to make this happen for the Daily Herald again."