Every sport has its villains from the Bad Boys in the NBA to Broadstreet Bullies in the 70’s every era has had villains to really hate. As the players become richer the role of the villain seems to be vanishing.
There have been great villains in Blackhawks history from Dino Ciccarelli to anyone wearing a Detroit Red Wings ever to most recently anyone wearing a Vancouver Canucks jersey. If I listed every villain in Hawks history it would be a post huge post of great hockey names.
One of the big questions heading into the 2013 season with the newly realigned divisions was who would become the Hawks biggest rival and many automatically said the St. Louis Blues just because we have the most history with that franchise.
Tuesday night at the United Center after one hard hit on Friday night in Dallas a glimmer of hope for a new rival and more importantly a new villain appeared. Antoine Roussel hit Patrick Kane pretty hard and high on Friday night and Dallas and with the next meeting so close in time everything spilled over to Tuesday night.
Roussel actually played a solid game, Anyone who lines up to fight is fine in my book make the game fun to watch, and his clash with Shaw was pretty good. The taunting after the penalty shot put his squarely into the role of the villain and to be honest maybe made the new Central Division a little more exciting to watch the rest of this season.
To me what makes hockey special is that if there is bad blood or someone is cast in the villain role something can happen on the ice that would be fines or suspensions in any other sport. From big checks to big fights a villain brings at least that type of anticipation to the rink every time he appears against your team. Roussel of course is just a blip on the radar of great Blackhawks villains, but as vanilla as the Central Division is in its opening season after realignment he’s actually a welcome sight if you ask me!
What do you think? Are villain important in the great scheme of things?
LET’S GO HAWKS!!!