Last season, the Chicago Blackhawks took a giant leap forward. Yes, not only in terms of their performance on the ice, but also in terms of winning back the hearts and minds of the fans.á The old man, Chairman Dollar Bill Wirtz, passed away. John McDonough was brought in from the Cubs. Many of the old Hawk heroes were assigned to the role of ambassador. Scotty Bowman was brought in to offer his expertise. Home games were shown on TV. In short, it was a significant makeover for a team that hadn't made the playoffs in a long time. The result was phenomenally successful. The Hawks' goodwill gestures and, more importantly, their success on the ice, brought fans back in droves. But can this success be sustained? Well, it has been a rough offseason for Patrick Kane. His arrest this summer, an ...
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