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Hawks appreciate Chicago athletes' support

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks players said Saturday they have appreciated the support shown by players from the city’s other professional sports teams.

Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko and Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija were among the athletes to attend the Blackhawks’ Game 7 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference semifinals.

“I think it’s real cool that they come and support us,” Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy said. “We’ve done the same. I know we’ve been to a couple games throughout the regular season and after the season last year. It’s really cool to see them support us.”

Blackhawks forwards Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell recently exchanged that support by attending a Cubs game. Shaw said they’ve also been to White Sox games in the past.

“We usually get a group of guys and head to a Cubs game or Sox game,” Shaw said. “I haven’t been to a Bears game yet, but I look forward to it.”