By Dan Rosen

Brad Richards stood on the ice Monday surrounded by his family, a few feet away from the Stanley Cup, and thought back to the phone conversation that convinced him that signing with the Chicago Blackhawks last summer was the right move.

On the other end of the phone was Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman and coach Joel Quenneville. There was some foreshadowing.

“The last thing Joel said when I hung up was, ‘Come to Chicago, we’ll win a Cup,'” Richards said. “He said it like three times in that conversation. He kept interrupting me, kept saying that, and I kept hearing that, thinking, ‘How does he know that?’

“I don’t know how he knew, but he knew we had a chance and here we are.”

The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup on Monday with a 2-0 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. They won the best-of-7 series 4-2.

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