Joel Quenneville knows a little something about bringing championships to the city of Chicago.
The Blackhawks head coach has led his squad to three Stanley Cup titles in the past six years, creating something of a modern day dynasty in the NHL. But even with such an impressive resume, especially in recent years, Quenneville knows just how much it would mean to the city if the Cubs were able to break their World Series drought of more than 100 years with a win in Wednesday night’s Game 7 against the Indians.
In fact, Quenneville says it may be the most important sporting event in the history of the city.
“It’s the biggest game maybe in the history of Chicago sports,” Quenneville said, via the Chicago Tribune.
“It’s going to be a fun day for Chicago … There’s going to be a lot to look forward to, a lot of momentum. We’re rooting for them.”
The Blackhawks have been keeping a close eye on the Cubs throughout their playoff run, even during the middle of their own games. The United Center has provided updates for fans on its jumbotron during the World Series, and their cheers have caught the attention of the hockey players.
“I’d be lying if I said we weren’t paying attention,” Patrick Kane said during an intermission interview on Tuesday, when Game 6 was also being played in Cleveland.
After their own championship performances, the Blackhawks have made it a habit to bring the Stanley Cup to Wrigley Field, so maybe the Cubs will get the chance to pay them back by bringing a historic World Series trophy to United in the coming weeks.