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Chicago Blackhawks’ 2016 Christmas Wish List, Player By Player

By Gail Kauchak
Nov 11, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (left) is congratulated for scoring a goal by center Jonathan Toews (center) and right wing Patrick Kane (right) during the third period against the Washington Capitals at the United Center. Washington won 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 11, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (left) is congratulated for scoring a goal by center Jonathan Toews (center) and right wing Patrick Kane (right) during the third period against the Washington Capitals at the United Center. Washington won 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 11, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (left) is congratulated for scoring a goal by center Jonathan Toews (center) and right wing Patrick Kane (right) during the third period against the Washington Capitals at the United Center. Washington won 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

For the second year in a row, Blackhawk Up was able to obtain the Chicago Blackhawks’ wish list for Santa

Well, we’ve done it again!  Our spies at Blackhawk Up caught up with Santa’s elves before they headed back to the North Pole.  It wasn’t easy.  It involved standing out in the sub-zero temperatures, but we got it done. We were able to get out hands on the Chicago Blackhawks’ Christmas wish list.

So without further ado, here’s a peek at what our boys of winter are hoping for this year!

Ryan Hartman Hi, Santa!  There’s not too much more I can ask for now that I’m playing as a top-six forward.  It’s pretty darn awesome to play regularly with Hossa and Toews. And I’m sure you must be proud of me; I’ve been keeping my temper in check and staying disciplined.  I’ve actually been saving up to ask for this: I’d like a chance to drop the gloves with my nemesis, Andrew Shaw.  Oh wait, we play the Habs March 14!  I can take it from here.

Duncan Keith We’re all squared away, Santa.  Thanks for giving me my Christmas present early.  That first goal of the season really did the trick.   I remember how it feels now.  I won’t have a problem scoring more.

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Corey Crawford All I want for Christmas is a little respect.  I aim to earn it as soon as I get back out on the ice.  At least an appendectomy was a more respectful reason to be out than that concert incident last year.  I really learned my lesson on that one.  I won’t be naughty like that again!

Jonathan Toews – I’m not going to lie to you, Santa.  I’ve been snakebitten when it comes to scoring goals this season.  And being out with an injury hasn’t helped either.  I’d love to say that I’m happy doing well defensively and with faceoffs.  But I have to help out the team!  I’m the captain, after all.  So for Christmas I ask to score more goals.

Scott Darling I know it’s going to be hard, but miracles do happen, don’t they?  For Christmas, I’d like to request that I’m somehow able to stay in Chicago next year.  I would love to be a starting goaltender, but even if I have to be a backup for a few more years, it would be worth it to stay.  Chicago is my home; this is where my support group is.  Can you make it happen, Saint Bowman .. I mean Saint Nick?

Marian Hossa It’s been awhile, Santa.  Since 2012 to be exact.  And I’m not sure how much longer I’m going to be able to play this beautiful sport.  Perhaps I could make one more trip to an All-Star game for my Christmas present?

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