Question 1: It’s hard to not be thankful as a Chicagoan for the last decade of hockey and what the success of the Blackhawks has meant to the city. But if I had to pick one moment, I would say drafting Jonathan Toews No. 3 overall. It’s hard to say what this team would look like if it didn’t have No. 19.
Question 2: I’m thankful for whomever is responsible for the Blackhawks’ community outreach programs. Hockey has always been an expensive sport, and now inner-city kids are getting opportunities and exposure to such a great game.
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Question 1: One of the moments I am most thankful for is winning the 2015 Stanley Cup. That year, I had time off of work and got tickets to go see the Cup rally in Soldier Field.
While I had wanted to go in years past, I was never able to get the time off. So being able to go downtown and see the amazing gathering of fans, and to hear the coaches and players speaking, was incredible. It will forever be one of my favorite hockey moments — until the next one!
Question 2: I am most thankful for Stan Bowman. While the salary cap is not easy to work around, for the most part Bowman has done it successfully. With international signings and free agents, Bowman has always put a competitive team on the ice.
Granted there are some contracts the team would rather not have and some players the team would like back. No GM will make 100% percent perfect moves, and what the Blackhawks have now is still competitive and steps above other teams. So in my mind, Bowman has done his job.