Couple weds on-site with the cup
By Laura Katauskas | Staff Reporter
It was a standing joke that the Chicago Blackhawks would have to win the Stanley Cup again in order for an area couple to marry.
Two years ago, Jim Anderson of Romeoville proposed to Jeanne Hansen at the Bolingbrook Golf Club in front of the Stanley Cup.
When it was announced that Blackhawks Senior Director of Team Services Tony Ommen would bring the cup back, wedding plans for the pair kicked into high gear. The couple shared wedding vows with their family and approximately 6,000 of their “closest” friends who lined up for hours for their chance to see the cup.
In a rush of excitement, the couple was married, took their photos, compared rings with Ommen and were off to start their life in wedded bliss, having been “blessed” by the Blackhawks.
Despite the rain, fans began lining up as early as 5 a.m. decked out in all their Blackhawks gear. No one seemed to mind the wait, and people posed for their $20 pictures with the ultimate trophy. All proceeds were split between two charities, Heart Haven Outreach and St. Baldrick’s Foundation for cancer research.
“It was just the right thing to do,” Ommen said. “It’s great to be here and be able to do this and have an opportunity at the same time to raise money for charity.”
Ommen, a resident of Bolingbrook since 1999, said he was glad to have the opportunity to bring the trophy to a community he is proud to call home.
“We have a great following of fans, and they deserve to see the hardest trophy to win,” he said.
After the public viewing from 8:30-11:30 a.m., a special viewing was held for the Bolingbrook Police and Fire departments, which Ommen said he wanted to allow time with the trophy for all they do in the community. After that, it was on to a private gathering for Ommen and his family.