June 9, 2010…
It was one year ago today that Patrick Kane scored the goal that ended 49 years of frustration in Chicago. The path that took that Blackhawks team to the mountain top was the most incredible resurrection in the history of professional sports, and will be nearly impossible to duplicate.
The summer that followed was a magical mystery tour for anyone who follows the Blackhawks. Between the Cup showing up in a random downtown bar in the middle of the night for photos and drinks to the players that had to leave the team, the “off-season” never happened in Chicago.
While the salary cap keeps rosters from staying together forever, memories never leave. The 2010 postseason was an incredible run from a team with so many unique personalities. That team, from top to bottom, was truly special.
There were six Olympians, three gold medals, an unknown rookie goalie, a Madden, a mustache and Big Buff. They killed a major penalty in overtime, Bolland owned the Sedins, and the Sharks had no answers. The Jordan Statue joined the rest of the city in wearing a Blackhawks sweater, and two million fans showed up for the greatest championship parade of all-time.
The Blackhawks were Champions.