On April 16, 2006, Page 2 on ESPN stated that the Blackhawks worst the run franchise in all of sports. They had bad drafts, bad trades, and an archaic way of thinking. They had roughly 5,000 fans at home games.
Well since that article was written the Blackhawks have transformed the franchise. Rocky Wirtz, John McDonough, and Dale Talon /Stan Bowman have made great moves in marketing and bringing in the right people. The most important things was they improved the product on the ice.
The Blackhawks went from a struggling franchise with no talent and no fan base, to a two-time Stanley Cup Champion in the last five year. The drafting of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane helped transform the Blackhawks into the winner they are now. Toews and Kane could not have done without help from Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Patrick Sharp, and Marian Hossa to name a few players.
The once struggling Chicago Blackhawks were ranked number five on the Forbes most valuable teams in the NHL. They were valued at 627 million dollars. The average NHL team was valued at 413 million. The Blackhawks were also the second US team to crack the top five. The New York Rangers were ranked second at 850 million. The Top five was the one Tornoto Maple Leafs at 1.15 Billion, three the Montreal Candiens at 775 million and at four the Vancouver Canucks at 700 million.
Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks Franchise and everyone assocciated with it!