Cup runneth over

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS ASIDES & INSIDES -

Shortly af­ter the Chicago Black­hawks cap­tured the National Hockey League cham­pi­onship June 24, de­feat­ing the Bos­ton Bru­ins on the road, the sport’s leg­endary tro­phy be­gan a road trip of its own.

The Stan­ley Cup, whose his­tory traces back 120 years, has been mak­ing the rounds in the Chicago area, putting in sur­prise ap­pear­ances at pop­u­lar nightspots, city events and pa­rades, among other stopovers. Per tra­di­tion, the cup trav­els for 100 days af­ter a new cham­pion is crowned, with play­ers and team mem­bers al­lowed to take the cup wher­ever they wish.

One stop this month was Evanston (Ill.) Hos­pi­tal, flag­ship of NorthShore Univer­sity Health­Sys­tem. The cup was ac­com­pa­nied by Black­hawks owner and chair­man Rocky Wirtz. It toured for about an hour and a half in two pe­di­atric units of the hos­pi­tal, in­clud­ing the fa­cil­ity’s in­fant spe­cial-care unit, where some of the very young pa­tients might not have been so happy to be tak­ing part in the fes­tiv­i­ties. Sev­eral in­fants looked a lit­tle un­com­fort­able in pho­to­graphs show­ing them perched in the prized cup. For 2-week-old twins Peter and Collin Micha­lak, how­ever, their time in the cup was a per­fect op­por­tu­nity for a snooze.

Out­liers plans to re­mem­ber those names. In 20 years or so, they could be hoist­ing the cup in vic­tory in­stead of tak­ing a nap in it.


The Micha­lak twins take their turn in the Stan­ley Cup at Evanston Hos­pi­tal. They were prob­a­bly won­der­ing what all the fuss was about.

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