Good Morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The World Cup training camps have been open for a couple days which means plenty of nuggets of news for you to digest on a daily basis. Team USA announced it’s leadership team yesterday and Patrick Kane was awarded an A for the upcoming tournament.
The Chicago Blackhawks 8-9 years ago were a team full of young prospects and talent with nothing but promise on their side as they stormed on to the scene in the NHL.
Now nearly a decade later of playing in the NHL they have chalked up quite a few accomplishments including winning 3 Stanley Cups in the past 7 seasons. One thing that is noticeable is how the Blackhawks stars have gone from prospects and young guns to leaders.
Obviously it didn’t take long for Jonathan Toews to be noticed as a leader in this era. He became one of the youngest Captains in Chicago Blackhawks history, and he’s done nothing but lead the Chicago Blackhawks to Stanley Cups. He’s been an Alternate Captain on Team Canada in the Olympics and will again wear the A during this coming World Cup tournament.
The bigger picture is the maturation of Patrick Kane who will also be wearing an A for Team USA. Kane was just a kid with a whole lot of talent for a long time, but now even though he’s still pretty young he’s become a leader within Team USA.
As easy as it is to see Toews naturally growing into a leader on Team Canada, it’s hard to believe that Kane has reached the same heights. Their games are different yet you know in the end they have the same goal which is to win every time they step on to the ice.
The two faces of the Chicago Blackhawks hockey will both be Alternate Captains at the World Cup which is pretty cool.
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Here are some Chicago Blackhawks morning links to kick off your Thursday morning
Here is a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks local TV Schedule for the 2016-2017 season (Blackhawks)
The Chicago Blackhawks are going digital for season ticket holders this season (Madhouse Enforcer)
A Team USA preview and some other notes about the World Cup (The Committed Indian)
With the National Anthem being in the news the World Cup announce protocol before the tourney starts (Score)
How the World Cup will handle disciplinary action (Puck Daddy)