Jun 8, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; A statue of Chicago Blackhawks veteran Bobby Hall outside of the United Center before game three of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports
2018 – Statue of The Magnificent Seven Unveiled
While we all hope that the Blackhawks have a great deal of success ahead of them, the end of Patrick Sharp’s 10-year tenure in Chicago this offseason does unfortunately mark the conclusion of a particular era for the ’Hawks. While the Blackhawks have lost their share of fan favorites during Rocky Wirtz’s reign, it was pretty incredible (especially in the salary-cap era) they were able to maintain a core of seven players (Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa, Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Duncan Keith) for six years and three Stanley Cup wins.
There has long been talk that eventually there will be statues of Toews and Kane in front of the United Center alongside those of Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull, and while that very well may come true, its timeline has undoubtedly been prolonged, if not altogether shelved, in the wake of the rape investigation in which Kane is presently embroiled.
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Even in the best-case scenario, the incident will make things extremely tenuous at best regarding how closely affiliated the Blackhawks franchise wants to remain with Kane going forward. While Kane has done damage his and collaterally the ’Hawks’ image, it’s impossible to simply turn your back on him given his substantial contributions to the club’s success.
That being said, regardless of whatever on-ice success he experiences in the years to come, as penance Kane will be singled out sparingly by the Blackhawks in recognition for his contributions. The immediate evidence of this new attitude will at the very least postpone any plans for individual Kane and Toews statues in the vicinity of the Madhouse on Madison.
Still, with the construction of the two aforementioned office and practice facilities made possible largely due to the Blackhawks’ success (in which Kane has played a large part), respect needs to be paid. Hence, a statue of the “Magnificent Seven.”
This statue will commemorate all seven of the players that skated for the ’Hawks through three Stanley Cup victories. Not only will the statue rightfully honor all the ’Hawks players that hoisted all three Cups, it also will allow the Blackhawks’ brass to show Kane gratitude whilst keeping him at a distance, which in the immediate future will be the perfect PR balance.
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