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Chicago Blackhawks’ 10 Worst Moments Of 2016 Calendar Year

By Colin Likas
Apr 25, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues center David Backes (42) and Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) shake hands after the St. Louis Blues defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in game seven of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 25, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues center David Backes (42) and Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) shake hands after the St. Louis Blues defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in game seven of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /
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Feb 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) and Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) fight during the third period at the United Center. Chicago won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 2: Andrew Shaw Loses His Cool

These next two entries aren’t going to be fun to talk about, because they cause so much divisiveness among the fan base and involve uncomfortable subjects. But these two entries are clearly the two worst of the Blackhawks’ 2016, so we’ll soldier on.

We’ll start in Game 4 of the Blackhawks’ first-round playoff series this year against St. Louis. With the Blackhawks trailing late, Andrew Shaw committed an interference penalty with 2:04 to play. Shaw was not happy with this call, and proceeded to yell “fucking faggot” at an official.

This homophobic slur was picked up by television cameras and quickly brought to the public eye. While some considered it a heat of the moment event, it was very clear Shaw was in the wrong here, and his slur put a black mark on himself, his team and the league.

Shaw would eventually apologize for this, including a separate apology to openly-gay Chicago Tribune writer Chris Hine, a guy Shaw saw most every day at this point in his career.

It was an extremely uncomfortable and sad moment for the Blackhawks in 2016, and one fans certainly want to leave in 2016.

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