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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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Apr 17, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (57) reacts to missing a shot during the third period in game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center. St. Louis won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 17, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (57) reacts to missing a shot during the third period in game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center. St. Louis won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

Trevor van Riemsdyk – For Christmas I would like to stay healthy!  I’ve had to deal with injuries last year, and part of this year as well.  If I can only stay healthy, I will really find my groove.

Jordin Tootoo Well, this one’s easy, Santa.  All I want for Christmas is more ice time!  Oh, and remember that Daniel Carcillo guy who used to play for the Hawks?  He was kinda like me, and he scored a goal here and there.  One goal might be nice.

Gustav Forsling – This eight-man defensive rotation can be very stressful for a new guy like me.  I never know if one mistake will make me a scratch.  So my wish is simple, Santa.  Just a regular spot in the lineup is all I ask.

Niklas Hjalmarsson I know it’s my job to block shots.  But geez, how many times can I make a block, go to the bench in pain and still make it out for my next shift?  I’m starting to fear my luck may be running out.  So I guess I’d like to wish for continued good luck.

Marcus Kruger – I’m willing to do whatever is needed of me for this team, Santa.  But I have to admit having the same linemates regularly certainly helps matters.  If I could stick with Rasmussen and Panik on the third line, that might do the trick.

Michal Rozsival This is probably it, Santa.  I’m afraid this could be my last year playing this wonderful sport.  I’m grateful to the Chicago Blackhawks for giving me another chance to contribute.  When I do play, I feel like I do a pretty good job.  So, if we do win it all this year, I dream about being the first guy to get the Stanley Cup after Tazer.  That would be a great way to go out in style!

Brent Seabrook Thank you for granting me my 300th assist right before the holiday.  It will be nice to savor that over the Christmas break.  Santa, I’m not sure if you noticed, but I have lots and lots of hair on my head and my face (prepping for the playoffs).  But it does itch a lot.  Could I have some kind of a powder to keep the itching in check?

Brian Campbell I took a pay cut to come back here, Santa.  I’m thrilled to be back in Chicago and playing with the Chicago Blackhawks again towards the end of my career.  But would it be too much to ask for another Stanley Cup?  I’ll work hard; I’ll play on my off side.  I’ll play on the third pairing; I’ll even babysit one of the young kids.  Whatever it takes, Santa!

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Well there you have it!  The Chicago Blackhawks have lots of great requests this year.  Let’s hope Santa grants all their wishes and more!

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