Chicago Blackhawks: A Tribute To The Players

By Gail Kauchak
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Jun 15, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman

Kimmo Timonen

hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in game six of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Kimmo Timonen.   He didn’t even contribute that much, but I teared up more when I saw him lift the Cup than any other time throughout the festivities.  To have such an illustrious career and then to be held back by blood clots is not that way to go out.  Hoisting the Cup is the way to go out.  I guess it just has something to do with human nature and wanting a success story.  God Bless you, Kimmo Timonen.

Michal RozsivalPoor Rozy broke his ankle during the Minnesota Wild series, so he wasn’t able to play the final 2 rounds.  It was not pretty to watch.  The good news is that this seasoned veteran has won the Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks 2 times in the last 3 years.  Rozsival says he wants to play again next year in Chicago, but will there be a spot for him? Stay tuned.

Kyle Cumiskey, David RundbladPlaying in these playoffs was a tough assignment for these two.  They had very limited ice time, so it was hard to get their groove.  If they made a mistake, they had the entire city of Chicago bearing down on them.  That’s a lot of pressure for 2 inexperienced youngsters.  Well, no worries boys.  Next year is your opportunity to grow and thrive and find a place on the team.  I look forward to seeing more success from both of you.

Trevor van RiemsdykHow about the rookie who comes back from 2 severe injuries and makes his mark in the playoffs?  He might not have played a lot, but for the most part he was consistent and reliable.  Hey, media people!  I dare you to ask him to compare himself to older brother James van Riemsdyk in the future.  I hope he punches you in the face.

Corey CrawfordWell I’m not sure if I would want Corey to babysit my kids (swearing seems to be an issue with him), but he can be the goalie for the Chicago Blackhawks any day.  Corey struggled in the first round, but then pulled himself together for the big stage.  He looked incredibly aggressive and strong, and seemed to come out to attack the puck throughout the last three games especially.

Scott Darling.   If it wasn’t for Chewbacca, the Blackhawks might never have made it past the first round of the playoffs versus the Nashville Predators.  I read on Twitter that he was in awe of being on the bus with his family this year, while in 2013 he was a member of the crowd.  Quite the success story for Lemont Native Scott Darling!

Obviously it took more than just one player to win the Cup.  As Coach Q said at the rally, what he remembers most about this year’s run is that it took the effort of the whole team.  Every single player had a job to do; everyone had a role to fulfill.  Credit is due to each and every name that is etched into the Cup.  Thank you for all that you do, Chicago Blackhawks, and here’s to a great year in 2016!

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