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Chicago Blackhawks Sci-Fi Part VI: Next 10 Years, Part I

By Tim Lively
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Chicago Blackhawks Sci-Fi is a mini-series I do periodically here at Blackhawk Up, reserved for fantastic hypotheticals. I consider the following speculation science fiction at this point because, as of now, it’s pure fantasy, but who knows what the future will bring …

Walking through the streets of Chi-Town these days, it never ceases to amaze me the sheer frequency you’ll see our beloved Chicago Blackhawks’ logo and colors adorning the cityscape and citizenry, especially given that just 10 years ago, the Hawks’ relationship with the denizens of the Windy City was nearly the polar opposite.

It’s hard to remember or even believe now, that just a decade ago, when the NHL had dealt itself a terrible publicity blow by canceling the entire 2004-05 season due to an ongoing labor lockout, ESPN covered hockey just long enough to label the Chicago Blackhawks the worst franchise in professional sports and the poster child of everything wrong with the NHL.

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In 2005, spotting someone sporting Blackhawks apparel on the streets of Chicago was the equivalent of a Chi-Town Sasquatch sighting. ’Hawks logos on display at Chicago taverns were practically non-existent (not to mention there was no such thing as an Official Blackhawks Bar), and there weren’t good seats available at the United Center, there were good sections available.

I often wonder what reaction you’d elicit from an average Chicagoan in 2005 if you told them in 10 years’ time, the Chicago Blackhawks would win three Stanley Cups. I’m sure it’d be reminiscent of Marty McFly during his visit to the year 2015 in Back to the Future Part II.

Well hello there, McFly! It’s 2015 now, and while we’re still waiting on that hoverboard, the Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup three times, and in the span of six years no less. Who’d have thunk it?

I know this kind of pro-sports franchise transformation isn’t unique to the Chicago Blackhawks, but it’s still pretty incredible just how far things have come in the short span of 10 years. So even though Biff stole my copy of Grays Sports Almanac (to be continued), I still thought I’d take a shot of my own at speculating what the next 10 years may hold in store for our boys in red, white and black, not to mention Hawks Nation.

Today we’ll take a look at the years 2016 through 2018.

Next: 2016 Look-in

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