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Hull & Mikita Now In Bronze

from Mike Spellman of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

The transition from cold shoulder to warm embrace is finally, finally complete for Blackhawks legends Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull.

After decades of being snubbed by the organization they brought back to prominence in the 1960s and ’70s, the pair finally were honored in a truly fitting way — with the unveiling of bigger-than-life bronze statues Saturday night outside the United Center.

“This is a timeless reminder that our franchise took another step forward as we honor the two greatest players who have ever worn the Chicago Blackhawks sweater,” said Blackhawks president and CEO John McDonough.

And Mikita and Hull couldn’t have been more pleased.

Standing on a stage just outside of Gate 3½, under illuminated 40-foot banners featuring their likenesses (which will remain up through Monday) and with hundreds of fans ringing the plaza, Hull spoke from his heart.

“I never, ever thought in 100 years that I’d be standing here tonight,” he told the energized crowd. “This is the greatest night of my life.”

continued and watch a video of the unveiling below…

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johnnygloveside's avatar

Hey Paul,
I used to write a blog, “Gloveside” , with a friend and worked in restoring historical holmes. as the economy began to wind down, I had an opportunity to come work for the foundry that poured, fitted, welded and finished these and other bronzes(including the Red Wings).
I am a long time reader and don’t comment as much. I thought some of you might like to see some photos of these guys in progress.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2400488524333.134537.1014638114&type=1&l=6e0f955344

Posted by johnnygloveside on 10/23/11 at 11:29 AM ET

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I like how they have color, rather than the traditional bronze color. Very cool.

Posted by timbits on 10/23/11 at 02:32 PM ET

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