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For a handful of veterans, this Stanley Cup was a long time coming

Jun 25, 2013, 12:46 AM EDT

Some players will go their whole careers without winning a Stanley Cup. For a handful of Chicago Blackhawks, their ship finally came in.

Veterans like Michal Handzus and Michal Rozsival have been playing since the late 1990s without a whiff of the championship. Coming away victorious in Game 6 provided them with a moment they’ll never forget.

“This is the happiest moment of my hockey career,” Rozsival said. “Coming over from the Czech Republic and playing for 15 years here in the NHL and having some ups and downs in my career. To be able to be here right now is an amazing feeling.”

Handzus played for Chicago back in 2006-2007 before things turned around in the Windy City. His return trip turned out to be magical.

“(Laughs) It was a long time ago. It was a different organization for sure,” he said. “Obviously they’ve been great the last five, six years and it shows a great city, a great organization top to bottom.”

For backup goalie Ray Emery, he’s had shots at the Cup with Ottawa in 2007 and Philadelphia in 2010. Now, as part of a Jennings Trophy tandem in Chicago, he’s happy to finally come away with a title in his ninth season.

“I lost in Ottawa, I lost in Philly, and then the third time around I got to enjoy the run too because I was on the outside and supportive. It was a great thing to watch,” he said.

“Every year is its own challenge and this year was a great, great year and a great result at the end.”

If you wonder what it’s like to play for so long and just wind up in the right place at the right time, Handzus was able to sum it up best.

“Sometimes you wonder (if you’ll win it), but you gotta believe,” he said. “Obviously you gotta be lucky and you gotta be in the right spot and I did. I’m thankful to God that I was here.”


  1. nightfireop - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    i’m a kings fan seeing handzus lifting that cup made my day.
    congrats to the 2013 stanley cup champions!

  2. 19to77 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Hell yeah, Emery. Been waiting a long time for him to win the prize. F*cking awesome feeling.

    • areyesrn - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      maybe if Ray Emery was in goal in 2010 for the Fly guys in the playoffs and didn’t get injured, he’d have a championship already

  3. earpaniac - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    For a trade that was scoffed at, and a guy who was “done”, he really added something to this team. I’m not saying they necessarily wouldn’t have won without him, but he definitely made it easier.

  4. dt58 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Hey Emery, you did much more than watch. Even though you didn’t play in playoffs, you were very instrumental this year

    • cardsandbluesforever - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:09 PM

      LMAO emery didn’t even play in the finals….

      • 19to77 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:26 AM

        No, he just set a better standard in the regular season as a backup (17-1-0, 1.94, .922) than your overrated starter (14-8-1, 2.28, .907). But go on, tell me how great Elliott was in the finals.

        Oh, wait.

  5. gsprulz - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    If good things happen to those who wait…can the Sharks finally win it all next year?

  6. hawkscup2013 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:12 AM

    You forgot Mayers but this site is not big on the actuals
    HAWKS WIN!!!
    Eat it east coast bias!!!

  7. crazemastercraze - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    More former flyers win the cup. The irony….so thick…..enjoy flyers fans. BWAHAHAHAHAHAH

  8. tripps3 - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    Way to go boys! Best game 6 ever!

  9. phillyhockey - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    good to see zus win it

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