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Chicago Blackhawks: 25 Moments To Be Thankful For

By Keith Schultz
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Jun 15, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in game six of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Rocky Wirtz Doesn’t Follow In Father’s Footsteps

In 2004, the Chicago Blackhawks were named the worst team in the all sports, and rightfully so. They hadn’t won a playoff series for years let alone made the playoffs, and they were terrible to watch. The United Center was empty, and there was no such thing as a Blackhawks Convention.

When former owner Bill Wirtz passed away in 2007, his son Rocky took over and things began to change. The biggest thing to change was home games being televised for the first time since the 60s. He also hired John McDonough to run the Blackhawks organization and basically pulled the plug on Denis Savard coaching, putting Coach Q in behind the bench.

Wirtz made the United Center a place where people wanted to go see hockey once again, He also got old legends Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull back in the fold as team ambassadors.

It helps that the team had drafted Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in consecutive seasons prior to the elder Wirtz’s death to build its franchise around, but no one can ever say Dollar Rocky like they did for his father Dollar Bill!

All Blackhawks fans should be thankful that Rocky took the organization down a different path!

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