Five Year Anniverary Repost- Welcome to Blackhawk Up!

Editor’s Note: Today is the Five year anniversary of Blackhawk Up founded by Jeffery Bartl.  Blackhawk Up has come a long way in five years and so has the Blackhawks including it’s two superstars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. The Blackhawks have been won 2 Stanley Cups since Blackhawk Up was launched on this date five years ago so it’s been a great ride and hopefully a lot more Championships to enjoy in the near future! Here is the post that kicked off Blackhawk Up five years ago today!

There was a time not long ago the Chicago Blackhawks toiled in    NHL obscurity.

ESPN rated the Original Six franchise the worst in sports. “Dollar Bill” Wirtz alienated fans by blacking out home games and turned a blind eye to the half-empty United Center losing season after losing season.

Stars from the glory years of the ‘90s like Jeremy Roenick, Ed Belfour and Chris Chelios were sent packing, and most fans who basked in 28 straight playoff appearances from 1969 to 1997 went with them. And although the ‘Hawks still face criticism despite last season’s trip to the Western Conference Finals, it’s a different type of criticism – the voices of high expectations.

People began questioning the 12-year, $68 million deal given to former Detroit Red Wing Marian Hossa well before the perennial 40-goal scorer underwent shoulder surgery, forcing Hossa to miss the first two months of the season. Then came potential of losing key restricted free agents after offers weren’t delivered in time, which was followed by the abrupt firing of GM Dale Tallon and the installing of Stan Bowmen in Tallon’s old position.

President John McDonough came under fire at last weekend’s Blackhawks Convention from fans who, despite the success of Joel Quenneville, are still curious about the early season firing of former coach Denis Savard.

Recent shakeups within the organization have raised eyebrows, but hopefully the city of Chicago realizes why – the criticism officially means the Blackhawks are back from the dead.

McDonough has unofficially lived by the motto, “There’s no such thing as bad publicity,” dating back to his days running the Chicago Cubs. While some moves may have been questionable, at least the fans are back questioning. On-ice success is only a part of what Chicago wanted – it wanted to feel the passion of Blackhawks hockey again from within the organization.

Now, they have it. The criticism is for good reason, but now it’s time to believe.

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  • Zach

    Welcome to the network and looks like you have a great new home!

  • Adam

    Welcome to the FanSided family, Jeffrey! Thrilled to have you.

  • kevin whalen

    Welcome aboard to the site man. I will check in from time to time, feel free to check out Pucks and Pitchforks.

  • Zoner

    Go Hawks!! Welcome to FS and I look forward to reading your Hawks posts!

  • Wally

    Welcome to FanSided Jeff! Go MN Wild!!!

  • Bobby Zijiac

    Hey Jeff, welcome to FanSided from your friends up north. I still can’t forgive the Hawks for stealing Martin Havlat from us but I’m trying.

  • Boomer

    Welcome to Fansided! It’s about time we got someone to represent the Hawks! We’ve got a strong Chicago contigent, so look forward to keeping up with you and the Hawks.

  • Jeffrey Bartl

    Thanks for all the support everyone. Glad to be a part of it!

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