Sneed: Stanley Cup-winning Hawks help a veteran cop sign off
By Michael Sneed June 28, 2013 12:29AM
Blackhawks team captain Jonathan Toews signs Sgt. Patrick Riordan's uniform as he arrives at an early morning celebration after his team won the Stanley Cup. | Provided photo
Updated: July 30, 2013 8:26AM
The Sneed rundown . . .
It’s a whale of a shirt tale.
Sgt. Patrick Riordan did what any good cop would have done shortly after the victorious Chicago Blackhawks stepped off the plane Monday night with the Stanley Cup.
He had them autograph his cop uniform shirt.
“Are you going to get in trouble for this?” queried Hawk Jonathan Toews of the veteran cop.
“I don’t care, I’m retiring,” chirped Riordan, who after 41 years at the police department will begrudgingly leave his job Friday — forced out due to mandatory retirement at the age of 63.
◆ Escort report: Riordan happened to be in the right place at the right time as a member of the O’Hare Airport police detail escorting the Hawks to a celebratory party at Harry Caray’s restaurant in Rosemont soon after their plane landed.
◆ Puck luck: “Toews was initially afraid he’d get in trouble signing my shirt, which he did on my left shoulder,” said Riordan. “Then Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp also signed it.”
◆ Backshot: “When I was about ten, my older brothers were [Chicago Stadium] ushers and they used to sneak me in when [legendary Blackhawk stars] Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita were playing,” he said. “It was such a fast sport, I thought it was so exciting.”
◆ Slapshot: The Hawks win helped ease the pain of Riordan’s departure form the police force. “Being forced out before you’re ready due to a mandatory age requirement is tough for him,” said a friend of Riordan’s. “Patrick comes from a long line of cops. His dad was the late First Deputy Police Superintendent James Riordan, who was murdered trying to save lives in 1981. His mom, Loretta, went on to help start the Gold Star Families organization for the families of slain police officers.”
“I will be 63 tomorrow,” said Riordan. “It’s more bitter than sweet. So tomorrow I go in and turn in my badge.”
Then he added: “I’m trying to time it to turn in my badge and then go to the [Hawks] parade.”
Photo op pop!
The surprise of victory: Check out the instantaneous reaction of Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz the second his team won the Stanley Cup!
Hawk squawk . . .
Actress Michelle Pfeiffer was spotted in the stands for the last Blackhawks game in town because her husband’s brother, Mark, is the Hawks’ director of amateur scouting.
The Madigan file . . .
Sneed hears Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who continues to be the recipient of big bucks fundraisers, has told people privately she plans to wait another four years to run for governor.
Isn’t that because her father, powerful Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan — who is considered a political liability for her — has no intention of retiring in the near future? Betcha.
Isn’t that a sigh of relief Sneed is hearing from Dem gubernatorial hopeful Bill Daley? Betcha.
The Hillary file . . .
Hillary hoopla: It’s hypothetical . . . at least that’s what presidential possibility and former first lady Hillary Clinton told a womens conference in Toronto recently.
◆ In case you missed it, here is what Hillary said during her speech for the lecture series “Unique Lives and Experiences”:
“Hypothetically speaking, I really do hope that we have a woman president in my lifetime. And whether it’s next time or the next time after that, it really depends on women stepping up and subjecting themselves to the political process, which is very difficult.”
Sneedlings . . .
The party continues! Hawk Corey Crawford brought twelve family members to dinner at Chicago Cut on Wednesday night. . . Friday’s birthdays: Kathy Bates, 65; Mel Brooks, 87, and John Cusack, 47.