The Chicago Police Department will be ready to do its part if the Chicago Blackhawks claim the Stanley Cup on Monday.
"We always ensure we have the appropriate staffing levels for events in the city, and though we don't anticipate any significant issues we are prepared for the Hawks to raise Lord Stanley's Cup," Chicago Police Department director of news affairs Adam Collins wrote in an email on Monday. "However, given what a competitive series this has been, we would prefer not to jinx it with any more such discussion."
The Blackhawks lead the Boston Bruins 3-2 in the Stanley Cup finals and can clinch the series on Monday night. If necessary, Game 7 would be in Chicago on Wednesday.
According to Chicago Police Department sources, tactical units will be uniformed and on standby Monday night if assistance is needed throughout the city. If the Blackhawks do win, sources expected most of the manpower to be directed toward the city's heavy bar areas, including Wrigleyville, Lincoln Park and Rush Street.
The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010 while playing on the road against the Philadelphia Flyers. One Chicago police officer who worked downtown following the win recalled fans failing to tip over one car and a man throwing a chair through a window at Portillo's, but there weren't any other major incidents.