In my personal life June 9th has been pretty good to me, I started with my current Company 19 years ago today and two years ago today I bowled my only 300 game, but as a Blackhawks fans June 9th will always be an even better day because it officially started the Golden Age of Chicago Blackhawks hockey with the Blackhawks first Stanley Cup Championship in my lifetime and in 49 years overall.
The Blackhawkse had some very good teams in the 70′s that couldn’t beat the Montreal Canadiens in the Finals, and in the 80′s they just couldn’t past the great Edmonton Oilers teams led by Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier. In 1992 it looked like it could be the Blackhawks season but after 11 straight playoff wins and a trip to the Finals ,but the Blackhawks were swept away by Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr and after a great 1995 run the dark ages of Blackhawks hockey reared its ugly head.
The Blackhawks made two great draft picks in consecutive years (2006,2007) in Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane and it turned the franchise right around along with Rocky Wirtz taking over the team and making the franchise fan friendly for the first time in what seemed like ever.
In 2009 with a Winter Classic and a trip to the Western Conference Finals under their belt they told the hockey world they had arrived, but in 2010 it was the Stanley Cup Final against the Philadelphia Flyers and would the Hawks be able to finish the task at hand?
On June 9th the Hawks traveled to Philly for Game #6 of the Stanely Cup Final and although I remember some of the game especially Antti Niemi giving up the tying goal in the third period some of these details are blurry, but what is crystal clear and will never lose focus is the Patrick Kane goal that no one saw but himself and I believe Patrick Sharp.
I remember Kane doing his juke move by the boards and thinking nice Basketball move but then skated to the corner and the next thing we all knew Kane was throwing equipment all over the place and jumping into #31′s arms while everyone else looked for the puck. You can almost hear the CBC announcer say Far Side Guys.
The Greatest goal by a Blackhawk ever!! Sure 17 seconds last year was crazy fun last year, but Kane’s goal on June 9th was the best ever and never will be replaced in my mind. I know you’ve seen all day but here it is one more time.
Thanks #88 for the great memory each year on this date!!
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