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Updated: June 27, 2013 11:09PM



Patrick Kane spent 12 hours on Wednesday getting to and from New York for a six-minute interview with David Letterman. There are pictures floating around the Internet of Kane partying at a bar with a unicorn head on (“That wasn’t me,” a smiling Kane said after a long pause) and video of Jonathan Toews crowd-surfing at another bar (“That wasn’t me,” a smiling Toews said after a long pause). Most of the playoff beards are gone, but a few hangover shadows were evident Thursday morning.

“I haven’t slept today,” Marian Hossa said with a smirk. “Don’t tell this to my wife, please.”

Friday’s fun will be a little tamer — but a lot louder. The Hawks will enjoy their second championship parade in four years, riding double-decker buses from the United Center to Grant Park’s Hutchinson Field. The parade starts at Des Plaines and Washington at 10:30, and the rally at Hutchinson Field starts around 11.

“I think it’s going to be even bigger than the last one,” Bryan Bickell said. “That’s what I’ve been hearing. I don’t know how much you can top the last one, it was outstanding. It’s going to be a great experience I’ll never forget.”

The whole whirlwind celebration is like that, even if it takes a toll at the end of a grueling postseason.

“We’ll enjoy it for a little bit here,” Kane said. “I’m excited to get back home for summer and just relax. The last few days have been almost more tiring than the playoffs.”

O captain

Before the Hawks took the ice for their morning skate before Game 6 in Boston, Toews pulled Michal Handzus and Jamal Mayers aside and told them that if the Hawks won that night, he’d be handing the Stanley Cup first to Handzus, then to Mayers — two veterans who played a combined 29 seasons before becoming champions.

Mayers, who didn’t play in the playoffs but played a key role as a behind-the-scenes leader, said it was a classy move by a great leader.

“It’s just a testament to the type of leader he is, and person, to have the foresight to have that perspective,” Mayers said. “He’s turned into an unbelievable leader. . . . It reminds me of what people used to say about [Mark ] Messier.”

Great moment

Dave Bolland said it still hasn’t sunk in that he scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal.

“I think it’s still just roaming around in the air that I scored,” he said. “I look back at it and still can’t believe it. It’s a kid’s dream to score that goal. And I did it.”



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