Sneed: Stanley Cup odyssey begins without its bodyguard
June 25, 2013 8:02PM
Blackhawks Stanley Cup cookies at Northfield's Three Tarts Bakery on Tuesday. Provided photo.
Updated: July 27, 2013 6:38AM
The Sneed rundown . . .
Hawk squawk: Postcards from the starting line of the Stanley Cup’s 100-day odyssey with the Chicago Blackhawks:
The Cup runneth . . . everywhere!
The Stanley Cup odyssey began Tuesday without its bodyguard!
◆ Translation: Mike Bolt, the man who is the keeper of the Stanley Cup and who keepeth the legendary punchbowl safe, was off his game Tuesday, but he didn’t drop the ball.
◆ To wit: Bolt, who guards hockey’s silver chalice, was the victim of a cancelled flight to Chicago from Toronto Monday night and late getting to town to take charge of the 121-year-old bowl!
◆ Flight fright: “This was the second flight that was cancelled, but I’m on my way,” Bolt told Sneed early Tuesday morning.
◆ Bolt ‘em: Bolt, who slips on white gloves before strapping the cup into the back seat of a rented minivan, takes the chalice on a 100-day trip to anywhere in the world a Blackhawk player wants to go.
◆ RePhil! But Bolt wasn’t there when the cup stopped at the Harry Caray’s eatery in Rosemont at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, for a morning brew — nor was he there for a pit stop for “burgers, no fries” at the 437 Rush restaurant, where owner Phil Stefani joked about hoisting the cup on the ice after the Boston Bruins defeat.
◆ The buck shot! Isn’t that technically against the Stanley Cup rules? Is it bad luck?
◆ The final shot: “It’s true only a player or owner can ‘legally’ hoist the Stanley Cup,” said Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz. “But Bolt wasn’t there . . . so I gave Phil permission to do so, as well as absolution,” chirped Wirtz to Sneed Tuesday afternoon. (Actor Jim Belushi also “illegally” hoisted the cup after the game.)
Cup chat . . .
Bolt’s job: To ensure each member of the Blackhawks get to do anything they want with the cup.
“They’ll get it for a day, get to do with it what they want, do with it what they like . . . and the team pays for it,” Bolt told Sneed during his last trip to town with the Cup.
◆ Gulp! “And only team members can pour beer in the cup,” Bolt said.
◆ How much beer can the Stanley Cup hold? Exactly 14 cans.
Like a rock!
The Wirtz world. A winning Rocky Wirtz tells Sneed:
◆ Puck luck: His lucky game coin, which has a starburst on the front and the word “gratitude” on the back, was given to him by his close pal, Dr. Jeff Vender, who has since put his socks back on — he removed them for good luck before the game.
◆ Walk & talk: Rocky’s wife, Marilyn, couldn’t take their beloved beagles, Queenie and Bernie, for their daily hour walk Tuesday because of neighbor congrat chat. “[The dogs] were upset because we got home late,” said Wirtz.
◆ Gulp gab: Wirtz, who owns the Wirtz Beverage Group, was last spotted ordering his beverage salesmen to load up the bars so people can celebrate the Blackhawks way. Foxy loxy.
Obamarama . . .
Scratch whispers President Barack Obama might hit town for Friday’s Hawks parade: He’s leaving for Africa Wednesday.
The wedding belle . . .
The marriage of Star Wars mogul George Lucas, 69, and Ariel Investments financier Mellody Hobson, 44, in a quiet ceremony in Marin County, Calif., on Saturday was attended by actor Samuel L. Jackson, media maven Arianna Huffington, movie czar Steven Spielberg (who gave a toast), Francis Ford Coppola (who read a poem), former Dem presidential hopeful Bill Bradley (who walked Hobson down the aisle), and singers Janelle Monae and Van Morrison (who performed).
Sneedlings . . .
Wednesday’s birthdays: Chris O’Donnell, 43; Aubrey Plaza, 29, and Chris Isaak, 57.
Tweet: Northfield’s 3 Tarts Bakery baking Blackhawk cookies at 3 a.m. Tuesday morning ; the same time the Cup entered Illinois airspace!