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Hawks Hangout: The Pony owner dishes on the team's post-cup party

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Amalie Drury

It's my job to write about Chicago and all of its people, places and things. If it's new and it's cool, I'm checking it out.


Inside The Pony.

The Pony in Roscoe Village.

Before the elated Blackhawks boarded their Philly-to-Chicago plane on Wednesday night, they put in a call to Roscoe Village bar The Pony. The next morning, the bar got a big shot of fame when it became known as the downtown starting point for the team's two-day victory lap around the city. Bar owner Mark Domitrovich recaps the moment:

"After the players let us know they were coming, we closed down the bar to the public. 

The guys who came out were Big Buf, Seabrook, Keith, Kane, Toews, Neimi, Bolland, Hjarmirsson, Eager, Versteeg, Burish, Brower, Coach Mike Havlin, Coach Quenville and other front office staff, as well as the players' family and friends.

The Hawks have made The Pony their home base for the past two years. We've gotten to know the players and their friends over the course of the season. 

The guys brought the cup and were incredibly gracious in letting our staff have full access to hold it and take pictures. They were all snacking on our 14" grilled cheese and washing it down with sips from the cup. It was a night none of us will forget!" 

The revelry lasted at least until 7AM, when neighborhood residents on their way to work started posting pictures and updates about the scene on Facebook and Twitter. And is it possible the Hawks haven't had a wink of sleep since then? They've been toting that silver chalice everywhere from the United Center to Tavern on Rush, where last night police shut down streets due to crowds trying to catch a glimpse. 

Now that the parade's over, will the excitement finally die down--or will the Stanley Cup party on in Chicago tonight? If you see it out on the town this weekend, send me your pics and comments to be posted on The Chaser. 

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