2. Patrick Kane
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Some may disagree with me, but I firmly believe Patrick Kane is currently the most popular man in Chicago, unless Jay Cutler can somehow win a Super Bowl, or if Michael Jordan gets out of Charlotte. Kane’s off the ice exploits are almost as important to fans as his on ice trickery. He also brings something to the ice that few players in hockey can; the ability to stick handle like a magician. His shootout goals may need to be reviewed by the league to see if he has super glue on his gloves.
1. Jeremy Roenick
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If the title picture didn’t give it away, well it probably did. Roenick’s abilities and attitude created a culture surrounding a team that was desperately seeking one. I can go into details about his numbers and what he brought on the ice from a talent standpoint, but that wouldn’t fully encapsulate who Roenick was and is, even today. His confidence separated him from his colleagues and it was evident to both players and media personnel that Roenick was one of a kind, and fans agreed with their undying support for one of hockey’s all-time greats.