A year ago, the Chicago Blackhawks were the great unknown. They had the tools to win. A Stanley Cup-winning goalie in Nikolai Khabibulin. Young guns in Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. A lockdown defensive pairing in Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith. A veteran scorer in Marty Havlat. And fans who were so hungry for a winner, that more than 14,000 season tickets were sold.
Still, everyone wanted to know, could they actually win?
Win they did, more than anyone could have imagined. Next thing the massive crowds at the United Center knew, the Blackhawks were in the Western Conference Finals after a 104-point regular season.
Now everyone, including the guys who will pull the Indian head sweater over their heads in the season opener on Friday in Helsinki, knows they can and should win, an ...
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Article written by Mike Szwaja