As fellow Blackhawk Up writer Keith Schultz mentioned in his morning links today, this has been a pretty down summer. After the Chicago Blackhawks got us to the highest of highs with their third Stanley Cup win in six seasons, it’s pretty much been all lows from there. From the departures of Brandon Saad, Patrick Sharp, Johnny Oduya and others, to the investigation surrounding Patrick Kane, to the recent surgery for prized prospect Phillip Danault, Chicago fans would likely be thrilled if the 2015-16 season got underway tomorrow.
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But bits of good or fun news always seem to come through the dark clouds. We got another one of those today, though more on the fun side, when a photo of the engraving of the 2013 Blackhawks on the Stanley Cup was released to tease to the 2015 Cup engraving.
We’re still waiting for the 2015 photo, but here’s the 2013 pic from the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Twitter account:
Several names in the top three lines of that engraving are who Blackhawks fans should send their thank yous to for the three Cups (along with the players, of course). Rocky Wirtz, John McDonough, Jay Blunk, Stan Bowman, Joel Quenneville … without those guys, who knows how well this whole resurrection of the Blackhawks franchise works out. Maybe it only lasts the one Cup in 2010. It’s an interesting thought.
It’s also interesting to look at the player engravings on the Cup and note which ones are no longer with the franchise, just a few years later. Only nine of the 25 players in the above space are currently signed with the Blackhawks, with Marcus Kruger, Michal Rozsival and Daniel Carcillo floating in differing levels of free agency.
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The second line featuring players’ names is pretty hilarious, to me. The names in that line: Brandon Bollig, Sheldon Brookbank and Daniel Carcillo. The amount of anger directed at those three alone during their runs with the Blackhawks could probably burn a hole in the Cup.
There’s also a line of players, however, that is completely intact with the Blackhawks at the time of this post. Niklas Hjalmarsson, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith managed to squeeze together on a single line. They have been along for the ride on all three Cup wins, and the quartet has four Olympic medals among it (Keith has two golds, while Kane and Hjalmarsson have a silver apiece).
If the above tweet holds true, the 2015 engraving picture will be out later today. So check back in this post for that snapshot.
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