Jun 19, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates a goal scored by right wing Patrick Kane (not pictured) during the second period in game four of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
The Blackhawks have come a long, long way since 2006! Yes, it’s ESPN and most hockey fans would rather spit into Superman’s face than give ESPN any credit for anything sports related ESPECIALLY something that has to do with hockey.
First, let’s look back to 2006 and the Blackhawks were ranked the worst franchise in all of sports! Here is a link to the entire 2006 article, but remember it has names in it that any new Blackhawks fan isn’t knowledgeable about in Bob Pulford and Bill Wirtz. Say Dollar Bill to a new age Blackhawks fan and they have no clue, but 8 short years ago the Hawks were a disgrace that couldn’t get out of their own way even if they didn’t even want to.
The Hawks sellout tickets within minutes and there is a huge waiting list for season tickets, but 8 short years ago there were only 5,000 season ticket holders and an empty U.C.! Even look at this past week’s Training Camp Festival that was a sellout for a scrimmage. When the Hawks were at their worst you couldn’t pay people to watch a scrimmage let alone charge people to watch the Hawks.
Turning the page, it’s 2013 the Hawks have a Bowman running the team and on October 1st there will be two Stanley Cup Championship banners in the rafters during the span of four seasons. The arrival of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews turned around the franchise and let’s not forget the job Dale Tallon did before handing Bowman the reins.
The Hawks sellout on a nightly basis and even have rival franchises changing ticket policies for Blackhawks road games to Keep The Red Out. Of course if you have something to complain about this years rankings is the East Coast bias that picked the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Blackhawks.
Here is the Top 10 Hockey Franchises
1. Pittsburgh Penguins (7th overall)
2. Ottawa Senators (9th)
3. Detroit Red Wings (13th)
4. Chicago (14th)
5. St. Louis Blues (25th)
6. San Jose Sharks (28th)
7. Nashville Predators (38th)
8. Carolina Hurricanes (41st)
9. Minnesota Wild (50th)
10. Philadelphia Flyers (67th)
The Blackhawks were the highest ranking Chicago franchise with the Bulls at 42nd, the White Sox at 62nd, and the Chicago Cubs pulling up the rear at 112th. Yes, it’s a just a ranking by ESPN, but the Hawks have come a long way in a short time to become one of the most premiere franchises in all of sports!
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