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Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane carries the Stanley cup to the mound before an interleague baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 16: The Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Blackhawks pose for a photo with the Stanley Cup before the game against the Cleveland Indians on June 16, 2015 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer warms up in right field as the Chicago Blackhawks parade the Stanley Cup inside Wrigley Field before an interleague baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians, Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates with Kelly Reif, left, widow of former Blackhawks equipment man Clint Reif, who died at his home in December, and her children, after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series on Monday, June 15, 2015, in Chicago. The Blackhawks defeated the Lightning 2-0 to win the series 4-2. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews and Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane celebrate after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series on Monday, June 15, 2015, in Chicago. The Blackhawks defeated the Lightning 2-0 to win the series 4-2. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 15: Daniel Carcillo #13 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 2-0 in Game Six to win the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on June 15, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 15: Joakim Nordstrom #42 and Scott Darling #33 of the Chicago Blackhawks take a selfie with the Stanley Cup in the locker room after their team defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 in Game Six of the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on June 15, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
Chicago Blackhawks fans celebrate on Clark street in the Wrigleyville neighborhood after the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup, defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in Chicago on Monday, June 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Chicago Blackhawks fans celebrate the Wrigleyville neighborhood of Chicago after the Blackhawks defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning to win the NHL hockey Stanley Cup on Monday, June 15, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Christian K. Lee)
Chicago Blackhawks fans celebrate in the Wrigleyville neighborhood of Chicago after the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning to win the NHL hockey Stanley Cup, Monday, June 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Christian K. Lee)
Chicago Blackhawks fans are pushed up against a barricade while celebrating on Clark street in the Wrigleyville neighborhood after the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in Chicago on Monday, June 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Chicago Blackhawks fans celebrate near Wrigley Field after the Blackhawks defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning to win the NHL hockey Stanley Cup, Monday, June 15, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Chicago Blackhawks fans celebrate in the Wrigleyville neighborhood of Chicago after the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning to win the NHL hockey Stanley Cup, Monday, June 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Christian K. Lee)
Chicago Blackhawks fans celebrate on Clark street in the Wrigleyville neighborhood after the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup Monday, June 15, 2015 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Chicago Blackhawks fans celebrate on Clark Street in the Wrigleyville neighborhood after the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning to won the NHL hockey Stanley Cup, Monday, June 15, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 15: Fans celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks winning the 2015 Stanley Cup outside of Wrigley Field on June 15, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 15: Fans celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks winning the 2015 Stanley Cup by crowd surfing at the intersection of Addison St. and Clark St. on June 15, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 15: A fan celebrates the Chicago Blackhawks winning the 2015 Stanley Cup while on the shoulders of another person at the intersection of Addison St. and Clark St. on June 15, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 15: Fans celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks winning the 2015 Stanley Cup by crowd surfing at the intersection of Addison St. and Clark St. on June 15, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 15: Fans celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks winning the 2015 Stanley Cup outside of Wrigley Field on June 15, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 15: A lady yells towards a crowd of people who broke the back window of a Chicago Police vehicle on Addison St. after peple took to the streets to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks winning the 2015 Stanley Cup on June 15, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 15: Kimberly Garner (L), Kara Christopher (C) and Jena Didier (R), all of Chicago, react to a play during Game Six of the NHL 2015 Stanley Cup Final at Sluggers World Class Sports Baron June 15, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
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CHICAGO (AP) -- This time, the Stanley Cup didn't have to catch a flight before hitting Chicago hot spots for a victory tour.

The Chicago Blackhawks won their third championship in six years on Monday night, but it marked the team's first on home ice since 1938. That allowed players to bring the cup to a nightclub as they painted the town Blackhawks red only hours after parading it victoriously before the United Center crowd after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games.

The history of the cup includes chapters in which players take it swimming, to restaurants, bars and at least one race track, and Tuesday marked the beginning of a months-long vacation for a trophy that's handed over to player after player to take it and show it off pretty much wherever they please.

It hasn't always been smooth-sailing: In the 1920s, a team left it by the side of a road after pulling over to deal with car trouble.

Tracking the cup on social media has become something of a post-victory tradition for Blackhawks fans, and it wasn't long after the game that they doing so on Twitter accounts such as (at)WheresTheCup.

Word spread quickly when team owner Rocky Wirtz took the cup to lunch Tuesday at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush, which proudly displayed hockey's championship chalice in the window. It wasn't long before fans were gathering outside to take pictures.

Wirtz did not make the trip to the nightclub but he wasn't surprised that the cup did.

"I would have put 100 to 1 it would not have gone anywhere else," he said. "I know it wasn't going to the Field Museum."

On Tuesday night, the Blackhawks planned to bring the cup to Wrigley Field before the Chicago Cubs play the Cleveland Indians.

The next big event for the cup may happen Thursday morning, when it will almost certainly accompany the team on a parade and rally as it did the last two times the Blackhawks won it. The parade will march through the Loop business district, with a rally being held afterward at Soldier Field. The rally will be a free, but ticketed event.

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