The feeling throughout the Stanley Cup finals  was that there was mutual respect between the Bruins and Blackhawks, a mostly unspoken appreciation for the opposing team’s style and work ethic.
Now, four days after Chicago won the series in six games, that continues to be the case.
The Blackhawks bought a full-page ad in Friday’s Boston Globe to thank the Bruins, the city and “especially the citizens of Boston” for the hospitality given to not only the Blackhawks, but also their fans who visited Beantown during the finals.
“Hockey is a tough game,” the open letter opens. “As impressed as we were by the strength, talent, and competitive spirit of the Boston Bruins  on the ice, we were deeply touched by what happened off the ice.
“From Boston’s political leadership to every member of the Bruins organization; from the players to the people on the streets, you demonstrated respect, good sportsmanship, and a genuine love for the great game of hockey.”
The letter, signed by Blackhawks president/CEO John McDonough and Wirtz Corporation chairman Rocky Wirtz, ends this way:
“Like the rest of the world, Chicagoans have been reminded in recent days of Boston’s strength. Please know we tip our hat to your city’s big heart and gracious spirit. You lead by example and have set the bar very high for others to follow.”
Chicago also is hosting its Stanley Cup  victory parade Friday.