Chicago Blackhawks: A Tribute To The Players

By Gail Kauchak
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Jun 3, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center

Marcus Kruger

(16) is shoved by Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman

Braydon Coburn

(55) as center

Brian Boyle

(11) and goalie

Ben Bishop

(30) look on in the first period in game one of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Kruger.  I said it before, but I’ll say it again.  Kruger is such a strong unsung hero.  He gets pushed and shoved and beaten up more than anybody, but he just gets up and keeps on playing.  He does a great job of centering the fourth line and shutting down his opponent.  And he’s a very important member of the penalty kill.  I can’t wait to see him back again.

Andrew ShawHey, Shawsy had 5 goals and 7 assists for 12 points during these playoffs.  And mostly on the fourth line.  He might be best on the wing, but he’s really not too shabby on the dot either.  I’m glad we have him on our team.

Joakim NordstromThis one could be a surprise contributor next year.  He might not have much offensive talent, but his shut down abilities are admirable.  It will be interesting to see where he fits in.

Daniel CarcilloHats off to Daniel Carcillo for his work with spear-heading the Chapter 5 Foundation in honor of Steve Montador.  No matter what your opinion is of CarBomb, it takes a lot of courage to do what he’s doing.  If you are not familiar with this, please read more about it here.

Duncan Keith.  Well, this was your unanimous vote for the Conn Smythe Trophy.  Keith led the way with 18 assists (the leader on the team), and 21 points (tied for second with Toews).  He scored the game winning goal in Game 6 against the Lightning.  He had the most ice time (715 m, 37 sec.) , and never looked tired, even though he was targeted throughout the playoffs.  Keep on doing what you’re doing, Duncs.

Brent SeabrookSeabs didn’t stand out like he has in past playoffs, but he nevertheless was his usual consistent self.  He recorded 7 goals and 4 assists, and hopefully will be a part of the core and leadership of this team next year as well.

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Niklas HjalmarssonSimilar to Marian Hossa, you have to zero in on this guy to really appreciate him.  In Game 5 of the Tampa Bay series, he had a record high 7 blocked shots.  This guy is a warrior, and always seems to be having fun.  Really, every time they interview him he talks about how much fun he’s having.  Here’s just one example.

Johnny OduyaWell I’m going to be a total girl here.  The picture of him with his shirt off just goes to show you what all these players have to go through in order to maintain their level of play.  It’s not easy to do what they do.  Healthy living all the way!  You don’t just have those abs by accident.  Kudos to Johnny for playing the last 3 games with a torn left elbow and again being a solid contributor for the Chicago Blackhawks.