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Sneed: Stanley Cup odyssey begins without its bodyguard

Blackhawks Stanley Cup cookies Northfield's Three Tarts Bakery Tuesday. Provided photo.

Blackhawks Stanley Cup cookies at Northfield's Three Tarts Bakery on Tuesday. Provided photo.

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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!



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