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Blackhawks Fans Cheer on Stanley Cup Champions Ahead of New Season

By DNAinfo Staff on October 1, 2013 4:40pm  | Updated on October 1, 2013 6:11pm

 Blackhawks players make their way into the United Center during the Blackhawks season-opening red carpet event on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. The Hawks are raising their 2013 Stanley Cup championship banner Tuesday night before facing the Washington Capitals.
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NEAR WEST SIDE — Hundreds of Chicago Blackhawks fans flocked to the United Center Tuesday afternoon to get a glimpse of their beloved Stanley Cup champions.

As supporters cheered them on, the Hawks walked into the arena on a red carpet ahead of the first game of the season against the Washington Capitals.

"I wanted to see the players before the game. I wanted to cheer them on before the season began," said Dominique Collins, a 20-year-old fan from the South Loop, who wore a Brandon Saad T-shirt.

The team's second NHL championship in four years was met with cheers and celebration, most notably with a parade and rally that the city said drew 2 million people downtown.

During last season, fans showed their love for the team in a variety of ways, including painting a mural in Portage Park, growing odd-looking mullets, and answering the math problem "9 times 9" in a very creative way.