Jun 13, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) and Chicago Blackhawks defensemanBrent Seabrook
(7) during the second period at game five of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
No. 2: Core Players’ Confidence Riding High
In the past few years, the Blackhawks have always been a confident, comfortable team, and for good reason. Even last season, when the Blackhawks went through rough patches, every player in the dressing room remained calm and spoke of when, not if, the team would “flip the switch” and enter its stretch of dominance. It happened, and the results were glorious: the team’s third championship in six years.
The Blackhawks now have six players with three Stanley Cup championships under their belt: Toews, Keith, Hjalmarsson, Marian Hossa, Brent Seabrook and Patrick Kane. Though the Blackhawks bid goodbye to Patrick Sharp, the only other player with three rings, this summer, the Blackhawks still have six of the eight active NHL players with that many championship victories. The only other is Justin Williams of the Washington Capitals, formerly of the Los Angeles Kings and Carolina Hurricanes.
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For these players, their confidence should be at an all-time high. Each and every one of them made a contribution to the team’s success last season, both in the regular season and during their latest Cup run. Their ability to feed off each other, all while mentoring the next crop of ‘Hawks, will be an asset no other team can claim.
Aside from those six, their is a bounty of players who have been around for two of the three Cups. Andrew Shaw, Marcus Kruger and Kris Versteeg (who won with the ‘Hawks in 2010) add even more depth and championship experience to a locker room already abundant with it.
While some teams are looking for even one or two experienced voices in their dressing rooms, the Blackhawks will have plenty of these players this season. It will provide a great atmosphere for any new players, and Blackhawks fans will be able to watch those players learn from the existing ‘Hawks and form into their championship mold, game-by-game.
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