Hawks ready for Cup drought to end

Updated: May 23, 2010, 9:04 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- Stan Mikita was grinning ear to ear as he walked the United Center hallways Sunday afternoon. His beloved Chicago Blackhawks are off to their first Stanley Cup finals in 18 years.

Finally, the Hockey Hall of Famer hoped, he might welcome new champions into the Blackhawks fold 49 years after he helped deliver the last Stanley Cup to this Original Six city.

"We are hoping that the drought ends, yes," Mikita told ESPN.com. "I'm a little sick and tired of telling ...

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