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.