2. 2009-10 Chicago Blackhawks (55-22-8)
The 2009-10 Chicago Blackhawks were the first Blackhawks’ team since 1961 to win the Stanley Cup. It took them 49 long years of waiting, but Patrick Kane’s goal in overtime of Game 6 made it well worth the wait.
This team was coming off of a surprise 2008-09 season in which they made it to the Western Conference Finals, losing to Detroit. It was something no one expected.
The team would proceed to bring in veterans like Marian Hossa and John Madden. Hossa was coming off of a 40-goal season in Detroit, after losing his second straight Stanley Cup Final. Madden was a savvy veteran looking to help out a young team.
The Marian Hossa story is well documented. In 2008, he was a member of the Stanley Cup-losing Pittsburgh Penguins. In 2009, he was a member of the 2009 Stanley Cup-losing Detroit Red Wings. Luckily for Hossa, the third time was the charm and he finally got his Cup. He ended up with three, all with Chicago.
The Blackhawks were the second seed in the Western Conference in 2010. They went through the Nashville Predators, Vancouver Canucks, and San Jose Sharks to get to the Stanley Cup Finals. It was their first time in the Stanley Cup since the early 90s.
The Blackhawks would take Games 1 and 2 on home ice against the Flyers. The Flyers would win Games 3 and 4 to tie the series up. In Game 5, the Blackhawks won and their first Stanley Cup in 49 years was one game away.
In overtime of Game 6, Patrick Kane scored the game-winning goal; a goal that no one saw going in, besides Kane. This goal brought the city of Chicago together.
This goal gave the city a reason to dig that old Chicago Blackhawks’ jersey out of the closet and go to the United Center. It brought hockey back to the city of Chicago.
Ever since 2010, the Chicago Blackhawks have had the most consistent attendance rating. Just like winning the Stanley Cup, this is something to be proud of.