Happy 4th Of July Chicago Blackhawks Fans!

By Keith Schultz

Jun 29, 2013; Palo Alto, CA, USA; Fireworks over Stanford Stadium after a game between the San Jose Earthquakes and the Los Angeles Galaxy at Stanford Stadium. San Jose won 3 to 2. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Happy 237th Birthday America!!

Please have a great day celebrating our great country’s birthday barbecuing and with tons of fireworks but of course please be safe!  While it’s America greatest day let’s look at the Americans on the Blackhawks.

Patrick Kane became only the fourth American to ever win the Conn Smythe trophy and the first offensive player to win the award.  Kane now has 2 Stanley Cups and a silver medal for playing with the United States hockey team during the 2010 Olympics and has accomplished all of this at the age of 24.  Kane has 149 goals and 275 assists in 446 points.  Kane also has 29 playoff goals and 42 assists in 74 games.  Kane has a chance with a great decade to go down as one of the greatest American born players ever to play in the NHL.

Brandon Saad was a Calder finalist for rookie of the year after an outstanding rookie season.  Saad finished the regular season with 10 goals and 17 assists in 46 games while getting 1 goal and 5 assists during this season’s Stanley Cup run.  Saad would be the face of the franchise in a lot of cities if he didn’t have Toews and Kane on the roster but he has a tremendous future ahead of him at the age of 20.

Nick Leddy just signed a 2 year extension and at the age of 22 also has a great future ahead of him with 3 NHL seasons under his belt. Leddy has 13 career goals and 49 assists and after a good defensive season has his +/- up to a career 0. Leddy along with  most of the Blackhawks core is young , fast , and talented with their best hockey in front of them.

Brandon Bollig is the last Hawks regular that is American.  Bollig has 1 career point in 52 career games and it was a shot from near the blue line that beat Mike Smith during the Phoenix Coyotes series last year. Bollig knows his role and does it his best which is enforcer tough guy which really is an American tradition!

Last year we did a post on past American Blackhawks here is the link to that 4th of July story!

Enjoy the 4th and have a great day!!