Blackhawks: How will the 2019-20 NHL season be remembered?

Drake Caggiula #91, Chicago Blackhawks (Getty Images)
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Chicago Blackhawks, Duncan Keith
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NHL Pause

Life as we knew it started to change once the NHL put a pause to their season. People all over the world were put in a shutdown, as you’d see in movies. Everyone would go into a 14-day quarantine that has turned into months on end.

The rumors were, the NHL would return soon but without fans. The same thing was set for the NBA, but with a few NBA players testing positive for COVID-19, it was certain we wouldn’t see live sports for some time.

NBC Sports Chicago would help us pass the time with the “Hawks Rewind” series, showing games of the 2010, 2013, and 2015 Stanley Cup runs. We’d hear rumors of a 24-team playoff for the NHL, with the Blackhawks being the 23rd-team included.

Of course, that got fans excited, but there was no time set. We had no idea when hockey would return, if ever. The rumors were heating up, as the NHL broke the news to the sport’s world. We were getting hockey back on August 1st, 2020. That was back in May, where August was around 2-months away.

That was some positive news, something that would get us going, as we all hoped for better days during these tough times.