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Chicago Blackhawks’ Summer Olympics Sports Of Choice

By Colin Likas
Aug 15, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Simone Biles (USA) during the women
Aug 15, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Simone Biles (USA) during the women /
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Aug 13, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Blake Gaudry (AUS) during the men /

Michal Kempny: Trampoline

We don’t know a whole lot about Kempny, other than what we’ve read online. Most Blackhawks fans have yet to see him in action, so it’s hard to attribute him to a sport. Let’s give him trampoline, then, since he bounced from the KHL to the NHL this year.

Marcus Kruger: Synchronized swimming

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Kruger could probably pull off this sport fairly well. The reason he gets it is because he’s always in sync with what his opponents are doing on the ice. Kruger pretty much has to shadow some of the better forwards from other teams and act exactly as they’re acting. And he usually does it so fluidly — like a synchronized swimmer — that we take for granted what Kruger provides.

Brandon Mashinter and Jordin Tootoo: Wrestling

I’m not sure what other sport I’d give these guys. They like using physicality to achieve goals. Maybe boxing is more up their alley, but Hjammer stole that one from them.

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Aug 12, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Jean-Charles Valladont (FRA) competes during the men /

Artemi Panarin: Archery

His linemate Kane is a shooting master, and Panarin is a wizard at similar concepts. Archery requires a similar focus and precision as shooting, aiming for the smallest of targets in order to achieve the ultimate goal.

Panarin was seen threading needles with his passes last season and firing shots that few could even imagine. He’d also put a dagger — or an arrow, in the case of archery — through the hearts of his opponents with some of his offensive plays.

Richard Panik: Volleyball

I picked Panik for volleyball because the relative newcomer seems to have a disposition toward heading to the net. All volleyball players have to learn this at some point, getting to the net for kills or blocks. Panik seems capable of doing both (scoring/assisting goals and blocking shots), though at what volume remains to be seen.

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