Sneed: Rocky Wirtz’s reaction? Holy ...
June 24, 2013 11:30PM
Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz celebrates with the Stanley Cup after the Hawks defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Updated: July 26, 2013 6:29AM
Da Hawk squawk . . .
The first words out of the mouth of Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz when his team won its second championship in four seasons: “Holy s---!”
A happy and ebullient Wirtz told Sneed from the ice in Boston that the Stanley Cup will be going back on the plane with the team and will work its way down to Springfield, where his great aunt Alice lives; she’s the only surviving sibling of Rocky’s grandfather, Arthur Wirtz. “She deserves it, she was there, she’s always been there, and we took it to her home the last time we won,” Rocky said.
He noted that his beagle Bernie, who was wearing a Blackhawks collar, was reportedly not overly excited about the win, according to the housekeeper who was watching him back in Chicago. He apparently didn’t move around on the couch very much. Bernie and Queenie, Wirtz’s prized beagles, are the recipients of frequent out-of-suite phone calls checking up on them when Rocky and Marilyn are out of town at games.
◆ Before Game 6, Wirtz flew all the wives and children of his hockey players to Boston — a repeat performance of his 2010 plan.
“They were to be kept separate [from their hubbies] and locked in a room until the outcome of the game,” Wirtz said Monday.
Wirtz flew out on a private jet with family and friends who wore everything they wore the day they attended the 2010 Stanley Cup-winning game. His close pal, prominent doctor Jeff Vender, even took off his socks — as he did last time.
◆ The connubial connection: Meanwhile, Sneed is told that Rocky’s wife, Marilyn, was treated to a birthday cheer in Rocky’s private suite Saturday night after the game. “And on Sunday, we celebrated,” he told Sneed. “I cooked. She cleaned. We had a little get-together with friends at home.”
◆ The cookie connection: Last Thursday, the owner of the Boston Bruins had cookies with Blackhawks on them made for Rocky’s suite — and Rocky was spotted giving them to kids wearing Bruins jerseys.
Surreal estate . . .
Ring. Ring. Wrong. Memo to the apartment hunters calling a real estate agent representing a lot at the corner of Harrison and Wells: The building on the lot isn’t for real. It’s a fake. It’s a movie set.
◆ Translation: The crew filming soon-to-be sci-fi blockbuster “Divergent” built the low-rise apartment building to film in — and because filming at that location wrapped on Thursday, they’ll be tearing it down shortly.
Opening shot: Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, who are on opposite sides of the pension bill, are united in one thing: the concealed-carry weapons bill.
◆ Buckshot: In recent hush-hush meetings with Gov. Pat Quinn, both leaders have repeatedly pushed him to sign the NRA-inspired legislation.
◆ Backshot: National gun-safety advocates are vehemently against the bill, and the governor “hasn’t made a decision yet,” said a top Quinn source.
The wedding belle . . .
Financial exec Mellody Hobson, who made Chicago a new destination in the galaxy of “Star Wars” impresario George Lucas, was married to the Lucasfilm movie mogul last weekend in California.
◆ Nuptial news: Their very private wedding, attended by family and closest friends, was described as “the work of dreams.” Director Ron Howard, who attended the wedding, tweeted: “George Lucas Mellody Hobson wedding was joy to behold Bill Moyers service was beautiful, nothing short of profound. Congrats Mr&Mrs Lucas.” Happiness. Happiness to Mellody, who is truly the definition of her beautiful name.
I spy . . .
Actor Tom Hanks and wife, Rita Wilson, celebrated their son Chet’s graduation from Northwestern at the Rosebud on Taylor on Friday, then continued the celebration Saturday at RL. . . . And for lunch Friday, TV’s Meredith Vieira dropped by RL with her husband and kids for their son’s graduation from Northwestern. . . . Actor John “Frasier” Mahoney was at the Marion Street Grille on Wednesday night, talking about the late Father Andrew Greeley, his parish priest at Beverly’s Christ the King church. . . . And Hawks Corey Crawford and Niklas Hjalmarsson ate at Chicago Cut Steakhouse on Saturday after the big win.
Sneedlings . . .
Happy belated birthday to Secretary of State Jesse White, ageless and priceless. . . . Watch for the Jesse White Tumblers to celebrate his big day Tuesday afternoon by tumbling in the street outside Carmine’s eatery, where their fund-raiser is being held. . . . Tuesday’s birthdays: Carly Simon, 68; George Michael, 50, and Ricky Gervais, 52.