Chicago Blackhawks: The Saga of @martinhavlat

Posted: 25th October 2009 by TAB BAMFORD in NHL
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This is a photo I snapped on my Blackberry this spring, after Martin Havlat scored an unbelievable game-winning goal in overtime to defeat the Calgary Flames in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Havlat played three seasons for the Chicago Blackhawks, coming in with all the promise of a rising star in the league taking a chance on a struggling franchise. His red hair and beard made him the perfect emblem for the rising phoenix fans hoped the franchise would become with him leading the way. There was never a question about the talent with Havlat; he had been an electrifying forward in Ottawa and got the puck to the back of the net better than anyone the Hawks had put on the ice since perhaps Tony Amonte. But in his first season in Chicago, Havlat was injured for a good part of the ...

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