Blackhawks: Kirby Dach joins an elite group of players

Kirby Dach #77, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)
Kirby Dach #77, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images) /

Kirby Dach has been named the captain of Team Canada at this year’s World Juniors, an excellent move for the Blackhawks prospect.

The Chicago Blackhawks have a few players competing in this year’s World Junior Championship; Kirby Dach is one of them. The ‘Hawks youth needs to be a more significant part of the World Juniors in the coming years.

As of right now, Chicago only has three prospects competing in the tournament; next season is hopefully going to include a bigger group. Being a rebuilding roster means that Chicago needs to add an influx of young talent into their organization. Teams like Los Angeles have more than five players competing in the tournament, and hopefully, Chicago will be a team like that soon.

Watching Kirby Dach play in this tournament was going to be pretty cool for ‘Hawks fans, but now that he is also going to be team captain, that makes things even better. Dach is serving as the captain on one of the most talented teams heading into the tournament, and he joins an elite group of players to be in that role.

Here are a handful of former Team Canada captains during the tournament: Dylan Strome, Brayden Point, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Ryan Ellis – to name a few. Dach has big shoes to fill, and I am excited to see what he can do in a leadership position like this.

This tournament could show if the Blackhawks already have a future captain on their team ready to take on a more prominent role. Dach could go out on fire and lead Team Canada to a victory during the 2021 Championships, and it would be an excellent start for Dach heading into the new season.

Dach will have a significant advantage compared to some of the other young players on Chicago’s roster. While they will be taking part in training camp with the Blackhawks, Dach will be competing in a big tournament-leading one of the best rosters.

It is interesting to think about Dach’s position on the roster. He is listed as a winger on the top line. Maybe this could be an indication of where Chicago could play him more in the future. If Chicago plans to keep both Dylan Strome and Kirby Dach around, it will not hurt to have one of them on the wing to keep both in the top six.

Captain Dach has a nice ring to it, and maybe we will see more of him in that position in the next five or ten years when Chicago starts looking for a new captain. Here is to a fun tournament ahead!