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Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- Summer Is Officially Here

By Keith Schultz
Jun 12, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins players celebrate on the ice after defeating the San Jose Sharks in game six of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 12, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins players celebrate on the ice after defeating the San Jose Sharks in game six of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports /
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Good Morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! 

The Chicago Blackhawks summer started in the month of April, but the NHL summer vacation officially started when the clock hit all zeros in San Jose last night with the Pittsburgh Penguins winning the hardest trophy to win the Stanley Cup.

The Pittsburgh Penguins were the best team (which is hard to say) for most of the 2nd half of the season, and now Sidney Crosby is only one Stanley Cup behind Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

The NHL schedule now moves to the NHL Draft and NHL Awards which means the summertime festivities are finally about to start which is good because watching three rounds of the playoffs has been rough after deep runs the three years before this one.

With the NHL Awards we can be looking forward to Patrick Kane winning the Hart Trophy and if the writers can possibly vote for Artemi Panarin as the Calder Winner.  I’m pretty confident that Kane will become the first Chicago Blackhawks to win the Hart Trophy since 1968 when Stan Mikita won it, but I’m not so sure the voters will do something silly with the Calder due to Panarin’s age and Pro experience in Russia.

Now we can really start talking countdowns to opening night with no games being played. Congrats to the Penguins.  #IsITOctoberYet

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