Story by Meredith Newman, photo by Janet G. Messenger

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Chef Perry, an employee of Evanston Signs, 2120 Ashland Ave., expressed his enthusiasm for the Chicago Blackhawks’ journey to the Stanley Cup. Outside the store sits a Blackhawks bench, with Blackhawks’ colors, logo, and the number 21, representing Stan Mikita, a member of the team that won the Stanley Cup for Chicago in 1961.“I made the bench because it’s one of my hobbies,” said Mr. Perry. “I play hockey and I’m a huge fan. I’ve been making these benches since before the ’Hawks won the cup, and made other benches for the Winter Classic as well as for other [general] occasions.” He added that the bench created some buzz and questions around the store, especially after the ’Hawks defeated the Philadelphia Flyers for the
Cup two weeks ago.