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Ben Smith Days Until Chicago Blackhawks’ Season Opener

By Brian Kinkade

May 30, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Ben Smith (28) celebrates after scoring a goal during the second period against the Los Angeles Kings in game six of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Wait, so there’s only 28 games until the Chicago Blackhawks open the 2014-2015 NHL regular season?!?  Holy s#@t!

No, actually there’s 57 days until the Hawks open the 14-15 season.  Sorry to get your hopes up.

So, how is it “Ben Smith days” until the season starts if there’s 57 days until the opener and Smith wears number 28?

This is because Smith wore number 57 when he debuted for the Hawks, in 2011, so what I said is true, from a certain point of view.

Or a bit of a loop-hole, but please forgive me, it’s been a loooooong off-season.

Smith was wearing #57 when he scored this goal

Yeah, that was awesome, even though the Hawks would eventually lose Game 7 of that series.

After that series was over, and the Hawks were eliminated, Smith would return to the AHL, as the NHL would lockout for the start of the 2012-2013 season.  The lockout would end in January and Smith was unable to make the NHL roster out of the abbreviated training camp and ended up only playing one NHL, in the


2013 season.

You know how the rest of the story goes, the Hawks would win the Stanley Cup and eventually have a mini-roster pinch, in the off-season to get under the salary cap.  This opened up an opportunity for Smith to return to the Hawks permanently, and he did just that.

Smith was one of the most pleasant surprises, of the 2013-2014 season, as he solidified a spot on the Hawks roster as he showed versatility and dependability.  The Hawks wasted no time and locked up the promising young winger to a 2-year $3 million deal.  In doing so, they have officially made Ben Smith a part of their talented teams that hold a “Stanley Cup or bust” motto, for at least the next 2 seasons.

Smith broke out in 2013-2014.  Hopefully he only gets better, from here on out, no matter what number he wears on his jersey, and as long as it’s in a Blackhawk’s sweater.