Dynasty! Blackhawks Win Stanley Cup!

Before he handed the Stanley Cup to Jonathan Toews for the third time in six season, Commissioner Gary Bettman referred tot he Blackhawks as a dynasty.

And they are.

It took six hard games to defeat a tough Tampa Bay Lightning team that, in many ways, mirrors these Blackhawks. But at the end of the series, experience and pedigree won the day and Chicago was once again handed the hardware – this time, for the first time in 77 years, on home ice.

Duncan Keith scored the game’s first goal, which would be the game-winner as Corey Crawford shut out the Lightning. Crawford stopped all 25 shots he faced in winning his second Cup as the Blackhawks starting goaltender.

Patrick Kane, who had struggled to break through offensively in the Cup Final against Tampa, fittingly scored the insurance goal.

Jonathan Toews Stanley Cup

119 thoughts on “Dynasty! Blackhawks Win Stanley Cup!

  • June 15, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Congrats to the boys. Job well done!

  • June 15, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Great blog everyone! Reading all of your comments and feeling the love for this team was awesome. Stan Bowman, I tip my hat to you. I will stand up and cheer for the Phoenix Coyotes when they make the last pick of the first round, Vermette was well worth it for the playoffs. Game winning goals and face off wins were outstanding. Enjoy everyone and thanks!

  • June 15, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    ‘Hawks Win!!! Great job by the entire team & organization. Unbelievable performance by the top four D-men across the playoffs. Congratulations to Duncan Keith on the Conn Symthe.

    If there was a Conn Symthe for Blackhawk fans, my vote goes to Tab Bramford and his Committed Indians blog. Thank you Tab, the Commmitted Indians blog is a MVP performance on your part for all of us.

  • June 15, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    Maybe ’15 is now a reality. It is interesting to realize the Hawks essentially assembled a new line during the course of the season by bringing up TT adenend acquiring Vermette and Desjardene.

  • June 15, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    Great blog. Still crying tears of joy well after midnight. The hawks have won the Stanley cup. Nuff said for now.

  • June 15, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Switch: flipped.

  • June 15, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Not as close as the scoreboard indicated, even. Lots of knowing smiles on the bench after the second goal. Quite an honour to be a Hawks fan, I had pegged this team as the fourth most likely to win the cup, after Washington. NY, and my sleeper pick, MIN. Well, they all crapped their hockey shorts, and the guys that do that the least ever won. Greatest captain in the history of hockey is on this team, and he’s got 8-10 more prime years to go. Welcome to the Hall of Fame, Jonny Toews, you couldn’t have done more to achieve what you have so far, the future is gravy at this point. 26 years old???

  • June 16, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Unbelievable season. Gonna miss some of the veterans on this team. Anyone see Rozy after the game? I did not.

    Great game and season. Special thanks to Tab and all of the commenters, especially those who kept the faith through the rough patches during the annual Jan/Feb dry spell, Crow getting the hook in NSH, down 3-2 to ANA and 2-1 to TBL. This team is special and we shouldn’t doubt them.

    Dynasty indeed.

  • June 16, 2015 at 12:04 am

    We are so fortunate to watch this team over the last six plus years. There are so many stories but I have to comment on Crow’s effort in the last three games – what a competitor. The stop on the Stamkos breakaway was amazing. Secondly, so happy to see Keith win the Conn Smythe. I felt he should have won it in 2013 and his performance in the playoffs was as good as any hall of famer – what a play to follow-up his initial shot for the first goal. Lastly, a shout out to Mo who has never lost his belief while so many around him were throwing in the towel. Thanks for keeping the faith everyday!

  • June 16, 2015 at 12:06 am

    Incredibly intense game, breathless throughout, not sure how I survived the last 4 minutes and I’m sure most feel the same way. All Blackhawk fans far and wide, North and South, East and West..what a great feeling it is. We did it! Lion in the Savanna!

    Cooper on live CBC interview during the on ice celebrations…” I never saw myself on this side of things, its unimaginable, it hurts, I’m sick, sick for the team, sick for the staff, sick for me.” Geez thats kinda too friggin bad there buddy. What an arse.
    The Blackhawks were gracious and classy in respecting the play of the Lightning. Shameful and disrespectful that Cooper could not even mutter out a congratulation to the Blackhawks.

    Loved the crowd booing Bettman, then when he called us a dynasty ( wow!) everyone broke into cheers. Guy is a master…not sure if its Jedi or Dark Side.

    Take a bow Tab and all the Commited Indians..its been great talking with each one of you. I’m sure we will continue to opine, argue, get mad and admire each other, especially with all the crap thats about to hit the fan, but for tonight lets just enjoy this spectacular team and Cup run. Thanks to all.

    Crawford was remarable, Kane and Richards wow, Keith our hero. Q even smiled, windows all over the city must have cracked.

  • June 16, 2015 at 12:09 am

    That’s Blackhawks hockety right there! This team is amazing , they just got stronger in every series.

    I grew up in Canada as a huge hockey fan, oddly enough cheering for Philly, but I arrived in Chicaogo in 97 and couldn’t help but follow the local team, orinal six, all the history and then the transformation came. First with Keith, Seabrook and Sharp. Then the luck of the draft with Tazer and Kane. The rest is history and it has been such a joy to follow this team. For me this team would not allow you to lose hope. From the ownership to management to the awesome talent on the ice this is a Dynasty team and it is a great privilege to cheer this team on. And they are not done yet. Congratulations boys enjoy the moment, you have given us fans one hell of a ride once again!

  • June 16, 2015 at 12:10 am

    Possibly the greatest GM and Coaching job we will see for a generation, in addition to the violent talent on the ice. Not to mention Scotty Bowman is a chipper young thing that still has a lot to say about roster building. Start your posts on how this cup was won DESPITE management… NOW…

  • June 16, 2015 at 12:28 am

    Unbelievable! Congrats, I didnt go to the 1st parade, was in florida in 13, but this one i can not miss! sweet win!

    Jon Cooper is a real penis, fuck that guy, so glad he lost. What a complete ass,clown!

  • June 16, 2015 at 12:34 am

    Long time reader… first time caller. Congrats everyone. That was fun.

  • June 16, 2015 at 12:42 am

    Hard to be anything but completely complimentary tonight. What a thrill. Certainly there has never been a better time to be a Hawks fan. The past six plus years make up for the frustrations and disappointments of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and early 90s and the dark days of the late 90s and early years of this century. We are blessed with a fantastic group of players – young men with the perfect combination of talent and character – and a coaching staff and management group that find a way to get the most out of the players on the ice. Thanks for the memories!!!

  • June 16, 2015 at 12:45 am

    How do you build a dynasty? Start with Seabrook, Keith and Sharp. Add 20 year old Captain Toews, 1st pick of the draft Kane, a bunch of really good young talent that worked their way through the minors like Saad, Crawford, Shaw and Hammer, a great free agent signing-Hossa, a couple nifty trades that brought you a really good defensement like Odula, some great young talent TVR and Teuvo, and sprinkle in some savy veterans at the end like Vermette, Richards, and Desjardins and you get a Stanley Cup winner once again. My hats off to the hard work of the organization, coaching, and the the players…this is truly a team for the ages!

  • June 16, 2015 at 12:46 am

    What a team! Tremendous resolve and a great group of classy players. Oduya catching up to Kucherov’s break away epitomized the effort tonight and throughout these playoffs. It has been a privilege to watch the Hawks this year. Great blog Tab.

  • June 16, 2015 at 12:46 am


    A Cup and a Conn Smythe beats a Norris!! (…right Drew?)

    (NOT to dwell, but I kinda remember reading here somewhere that Cooper was smug, etc. because he *knew* the Hawks couldn’t beat TB…Jon (or who ever), you wanna address that? Forget it. The Hawks WON, and, the grass (at least this year) isn’t always greener…)

  • June 16, 2015 at 1:01 am

    It can’t be a Dynasty. Barry Melrose said on ESPN about an hour prior to the game that if the Hawks DID win, it would only be 3 Cups in 6 years, and that didn’t really qualify them to be a dynasty. Barry Melrose = Nimrod. He just said now (3 hours after Cup awarded) that if they win next year it would be 4 Cups, and then he would grant them Dynasty status. Barry Melrose = Delusional Nimrod.
    What a journey! Still can’t believe they came out on top. What a team! Throw all of the cliché’s and adjectives at the Blackhawks….they all fit.
    Can’t say enough about guys like Desjardins (despite the penalty with 3 minutes left that gave me heart failure – or was that a dive?), Vermette, Shaw etc. that just battled their arses off.
    Great time to be a Blackhawks fan!!!!!

  • June 16, 2015 at 1:01 am

    Congratulations to the Hawks and the posters here. Thanks to Tab for this wonderful destination. Go Hawks!

  • June 16, 2015 at 1:02 am

    It will be a happy trip to Flin Flon in the morning….glad I postponed for 24 hours, don’t care if the bosses are mad. Folks understand these things up here. Finished the school year on the 26th of June and will come to Chicago in July…I’m a big rail fan as a special interest/hobby and its one of my favouite spots, been many times, arguably the best train watching in the world. Definitely visit Tabs recommended Cigar Lounge and smoke a big Chohiba ( hoping you guys can get them now) in a better late than never celebration. Its going to be a great summer. Most folks up here are Toronto and Habs fans, some Calgary and Vancouver, even Devils and Rangers fans around but everyone knows what I am. I shall enjoy their grudingly mumbled congratulations over the next few weeks.

  • June 16, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Well done boys! The organization showed it’s class again this evening, maybe 44 trade was about something more? Stan could have gone through all the damn draft picks and it would have been worth it. CC with a shut-out =icing on the cake. Cooper does not acknowledge Hawks in post game interview puts him with the “Stay-Puff Man” in St Louis as a true pecker-sopping. Hawks just gave their fans something they will never forget, and always cherish. Thank you. Thank you Tab for all your effort that produces the best blog I have ever read.

  • June 16, 2015 at 1:11 am

    Just saw the face-off stats for the series which were hugely in favor of the Hawks – time to give huge credit to SB for the acquisitions of Richards and Vermette. Also – Desi who was really solid on the 4th line.

  • June 16, 2015 at 1:14 am

    Everything is roses after winning the Cup and I plan on stopping to smell those roses for at least a week, maybe two, before I start worrying about the roster next season. The Hawks just won the Cup, it’s time to bask in the glory.

  • June 16, 2015 at 1:31 am

    1961…you hit it on the head, “…a great group of classy players.” It is a great privilege to watch these guys play. They conduct themselves like champions in all situations. How many times they kill out the clock without rubbing the oppositions face in it by shooting at the empty net. They skate around to just kill the clock. When they lose, they compliment the opposition. When they win, they compliment the opposition. They are classy champions and true gentlemen. Thanks for the last 7 years gentlemen. Sorry we doubted you, but you proved so many wrong because of the character you guys have. Wow!!! What a fun ride.

    Tab, thanks for your hard work in keeping this site going.

    After the parade is over Thursday, I look forward to the 2015-2016 debates on personnel moves leading up to the 6/26-27 NHL draft and the 7/1/15 start of free agency.

    WE GOT THE CUP! WE GOT THE CUP! WE GOT THE CUP! Great team effort in these playoffs. Everyone contributed at one time or another.

  • June 16, 2015 at 1:33 am

    This just in… Eddie Olczyk nominates a tape to tape pass from Hedman to Palat as the most famtastic play he’s had the pleasure to see in 30 years of pro hockey…

  • June 16, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Mining, were a good group of guys. RD/Phil/JS/AL I love you guys. Wall way to go with what works, reverse (jinx, I know you didn’t mention the name but your betting had me wanting to smack my grandfather from the past)(you ok, eh because you did it for the good cause, right. You knew it would help us, eh.

    I am so getting drunk right now, I wish I was at Swig.

  • June 16, 2015 at 1:57 am

    Lions in the Savanna ‘Suck on thaaat.’ Mining deserves all the credit, I repeated what I thought was right and bingo bango.



  • June 16, 2015 at 2:00 am

    Contribute to the team. These guys have scouts listening to us and take in consideration on what we say.

    I know this, man.

  • June 16, 2015 at 2:03 am

    The bolts and the officials combined couldn’t put one past crow tonight. Inexcusable missed calls and the media/announcers love for Tampa can all be forgotten now thanks to yet another cup win. It can’t be said enough how great this blog is. Have searched many times for a comparable site for ANY other sports team and have yet to find anything. Already looking forward to next season!

  • June 16, 2015 at 2:22 am

    Here come the Hawks, the mighty…
    Dropped my seven-year-old Blackhawks fan son off at his bus to go to overnight camp for the first time on Sunday, then Monday morning flew in from San Francisco to Chicago, and headed to the United Center to see game 6 with my 73 year old Blackhawks fan Dad. Sat in club level weeping with joy as we counted down to the Stanley Cup.

    The Chicago Blackhawks connect generations in my family. And they are CHAMPIONS again!!!

    Tab and crew, On behalf of all of Blackhawk-nation who live in California (…or for that matter anywhere outside of Chicago) and use This blog as a way to stay close to our beloved team, thank you thank you THANK YOU for everything you do!!!

    Go Hawks baby!!!!!!

  • June 16, 2015 at 2:30 am

    PS- John Cooper doesn’t have one nice word to say about the other team. He is the hockey version of an ungracious / 14 carat douche-bag. By this I mean he IS a an “ungracious/14 karat douche bag.”

    He may have a law school degree, along with a couple minor league titles. But this man couldn’t hold Joel Quenneville’s jockstrap.

  • June 16, 2015 at 4:16 am

    What a season. Against innumerable odds. Corey Crawford once again proved he is a franchise goaltender just like he did in 2013. So many great storylines. I didn’t think this team had gas in the tank to do this, but they did. Duncan Keith has achieved NHL greatness and someday his number will hang in the rafters at the UC next to the other additions of 19, 88 and 81. But there is one player who epitomized this series more than any other and that is Johnny Oduya. I have never seen an individual player play with the degree of energy and grit like I saw from Oduya in this entire series. And the guy has been playing hurt. Just unbelievable that on a team of stars and other great role players that 27 can so stand out that his play brought tears to my eyes seeing him hoist the Cup.

  • June 16, 2015 at 4:32 am

    True champions, … I hate to be the guy that has to clean up Coach Q’s front yard!!

  • June 16, 2015 at 5:29 am

    Mining, see why is important and worth it to take one for the Team. Proud of that. I did many things to. Almost got kcked out of house for ‘crazy’ things that were worth rituals and etc. Just do not use the J word, unless your taking about a J.

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  • June 16, 2015 at 5:31 am

    RD, whats up man. Cheers Brother.

  • June 16, 2015 at 5:32 am

    Trolls. Take off, eh. You Hoosier.

  • June 16, 2015 at 6:41 am

    I’ve been a Hawk fan since 1959 and have never been prouder. This group has such determination. I was very hard on Timonen but it was sure nice to see him with the cup. Would be nice if they can find money to sign Vermette, Desjardins and Oduya but that’s for another day. Go Hawks lets get another why stop at three!

  • June 16, 2015 at 6:43 am

    This cup was all about a champions heart and will to win. Never doubt the heart of a champion. Great TEAM victory. Congrats to everyone on this blog.

  • June 16, 2015 at 7:04 am

    What a privilege to watch this team composed of generational talent at the core. Not interested in labels per se, but this team has re-defined the meaning of “special” in the post-Cap era. Amazing!

    As I revel with fellow fans and my nephew parties on Clark last nite, couple of thoughts:
    1. Turns out that many of us were spot on, in that:
    * Richards was a great strategic signing, and Jr’s deadline acquisition moves were just what this struggling team needed at the time. Can’t say enough about the importance of 80 and 11’s contributions, and very happy for Timo.
    2. In retrospect:
    * I was wrong on TT as he WAS ready to contribute! Going to be an important piece in our next transition.

    I made the last 2 parades but will not be able to get back to town for this one. ENJOY IT BOYS- AMAZING!!!

  • June 16, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Thanks for the forum and hard work Tab-
    I’ve enjoyed the many people who contribute-some regulars, some new to the site-
    as a kid in eastern Ontario with four Sports Illustrated posters (that my father got me for my birthdays)-2 were Hawks-that shaped by love of this team in the late 60s., early 70s The posters were Hull. Esposito, Bench and Orr.
    The 71 series stung and was the other thing that cemented me as a hawk fan, but the last 6 years have been glorious-a privilege really.
    I retire next year and my goal is to come for a week and catch a couple of games in Chicago-live at the madhouse on Madison.

    How good is this team when #4 flies under the radar? And he plays on his off side.

  • June 16, 2015 at 7:13 am

    I am so proud to see this team win another Cup and for them to do it with such class and dignity, they are great examples for younger players and even older adults. The City of Chicago AND the NHL should be proud of these young men!!

    As for Tampa……..sore losers……..hit the road………..see ya’ next year………Cooper is a douche’………………Stamkos is a cry baby…………….they will NEVER,NEVER be a team like the HAwks!!

    Congrats to TAB, MINIG MAN, MORRISON, RUFUS T., NICK, EBONY RAPTOR, DICKIE DUNN, SOUTHSIDEHAWK FAN, NICK IN SAN DIEGO, FROLIK NAVIDAD……..and everyone on this blog……..thanks for such a great season and a FANTASTIC STANLEY CUP FINAL!!!

    THANK YOU 2014-2015 Chicago Blackhawk team!! I am proud and humbled by your victory and will celebrate with dignity and pride!!!

  • June 16, 2015 at 7:25 am

    First off- Thanks Tab for another season of this site. You are truly a Committed Indian and your endless dedication brings all us Hawk fans together. Thank You!

    Wow, champions through and through!!!!!!!! It feels good. And the radio here in Florida hooked me up with We Will Rock You/We are the Champions on the way into work this morning…

    but about this team….

    WOW! This captain, these leaders, this coach… We get on here and play air chair GM, and Monday Morning Coach and we all talk a big game. But this team is out there day after day, believing they can do it… and they did it. Amazing for Timmo to raise a cup. Such a gamer. Great move by Tazer to let him take a 2nd lap with the cup before passing it. Vermette and Desi showed up in a big way this series. No player is disagreed on more here than Crow, but he played big last night. We will see what happens in the next 2 weeks with Sharp, Bickell, Crow. But, Bowman is good at his job. He may not make the “100%” perfect move every time, but lets face it… the perfect move isn’t always out there. He did what he could and it cashed in. Gotta believe he’s going to keep this team very competitive for a long time.

    Kane was too good to say silent for that long. As soon and Saad broke out, I saw that goal coming. Great to see him get on the board… Now he wont be in his head all summer. Thought for a minute there Hedman might have gotten Kane out of his right mind.

    Hossa- What else to say… the guy is a machine!

    Hammer absolutely earned that 3rd star recognition. He was all over the ice last night.

    Let’s enjoy it ladies and gents… Next season start in 10 days at the draft, and this season will be but another memory while we re-tool for another run.

  • June 16, 2015 at 7:34 am

    So much for the Speed and Skill of TB (although Filppula and Hedman were beasts). Those last two games the Hawks skated with and dominated most of the play. The Hawks usually start slow and the opponent THINKS they have the Hawks on the ropes but this team is so dam resilient and tough and as a series goes along the Hawks get stronger and stronger. Ask previous victims like the Red Wings, Blues, Preds, Bruins and this years Ducks.

    I’m so happy and proud of this team. What a fantastic group of players and management and thank you Rocky for making this all happen.

    Thank you to you as well Tab as I read the blog everyone day and it’s fantastic and thanks to all the fellow Blackhawks fans love all your comments.

  • June 16, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Very negligent in not thanking Tab in my previous post. Great board…always enjoy the insight and commentary.
    And Barry Melrose is still a Nimrod. Sorry, Barry, this CAN be considered a dynasty, and there’s still gas left in the tank.
    I think that Tampa showed their lack of experience in the post game. Besides Cooper’s lack of courtesy, it seems some of their players immediately went to playing the “injury” card. Everyone is banged up. Chicago played with limited D lineups. Oduya was obviously hobbled and Shaw was banged up and almost didn’t play.
    The Blackhawks showed they have some of the best all around maturity, patience and resolve throughout the playoffs, and it paid off in spades.
    Go Blackhawks!!!

  • June 16, 2015 at 7:53 am

    When the horn sounded I literally felt the demon I have carried since 1971 rise out of my body. Never again will I speak of 1971. I am free. Thank you Chicago Blackhawks.

  • June 16, 2015 at 7:53 am

    …….Wow…….I am in Hockey heaven…..thank you Blackhawks………

  • June 16, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Awesome is a word that is thrown around a lot these days without much thought being given to the term. No need to question it with these Blackhawks. They are truly worthy of awe.

    What a celebration last night. I think we all expected to have to hold our breath for the remainder of the game and then Saad to Richards to Kane on just a gorgeous bang-bang-bang-goal. The perfect way to finish off the season. And my god Crow. He frequently looks like a toddler with a blowtorch but when he is dialed in its a thing of beauty. And, Duncs, I look forward to looking up to see his 2 hanging between Hall and Pilotte/Magnusson.

    Thanks to Tab for providing a gathering place for a collective group of hockey lunatics. We provide the inane, impassioned, occasionally wrong, occasionally right, often ludicrous commentary but he is our big toe. So thanks to Tab and thanks to all of you for another incredible Blackhawks season. Se you all at the victory rally. I’ll be the guy in red.

  • June 16, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Such amassed talent and intestinal fortitude!! What a team! What a treat to watch. Dedicating this to my beloved father who never got to witness this recent run for his mighty Blackhawks. I am certain he is beside himself. Here’s to you, Dad!! Here’s to you Hawks! Thanks to you Tab for the great medium. Thanks for the fun! Have a great summer, all.

  • June 16, 2015 at 8:19 am


    Proud of the Team every player who stepped on the ice this year.
    Proud to be a born and raised Southside Chicago boy.
    Proud of the Management who seems to put a “respectable and competitive” team on the ice for the last 6 years!
    Proud of CROW, like he was my son, when it was over and the threw that mask across the ice and looked up to the rafters chasing away the old ghost of goaltenders past, I cried like a baby.
    Proud to see the Hawks as a Family with Class as Kimmo wins his first cup and Vermette has the courage to say he has no words and Hossa who is so very grateful.
    Proud to the humanity behind the game, seeing young new born babies in the cup makes it human, emotional and makes you understand these are just “guys” guys who like to skate and play hockey but just guys like most of us, ups downs everyday.
    Proud of Tab and this blog and all those who allowed me a NEWBIE to add my thoughts and insights and gut reactions. Thank you!

    The Bolts are a team that will return, it was a joy to watch them play a “system” and never ever waver from it. Playing at a speed as a team I have never seen before and playing with such discipline and class. No real cheap hits, no big fights just hard fought hockey games. Stamkos will get his very soon. Injuries may have slowed their pace but that is the NHL.

    Crow or Kieth, I think the MVP could have gone to Crow, a shout out and 1 goal in the last 2 games prior vs the highest scoring team in the nhl. BUT KIETH is always at MVP levels. Can you imagine if Keith played in the BOLTS System, rushing up ice, below the dots and finishing plays offensively? Hawks are so disciplined at times is works great at times they needed to rotate and add more pressure below the dots in the O-zone.

    It all worked to perfection last night, Coach Q was so happy and joyful and he knew they would win if they just did not give it away. ( only one last penalty and face offs dominance was the game)

  • June 16, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Dynasty chatter . . . In my lifetime I have only seen 3 dynasties . . .early 80’s New York Islanders, late 80 Edmonton Oilers and before them the Canadians of the 70’s.
    This is NOT an ERA that building and maintaining a dynasty is possible. If we are saying the Hawks can beat those teams . . . .then maybe? But i say not even close!

    I see a Dynasty as team that dominate play for long stretches. A team that beats ya, by maybe 2 or more goals. Every team that faces them “sincerely feels” the Hawks can be beat, until it is elimination time. Bolts to me still played well, but this game 6 was Hawks best game defensively they really mixd up the defense, hitting at the blue line, neutral ice clogged, getting sticks and blades in lanes and really collapsing in front of crow, everything to the outside. The forecheck was good not great but at least they made it difficult for the Bolts to “Exit their Zone” with speed, which to me was the key an dis what Detroit did!
    But as a lifelong hawk and NHL fan we can call them that if we want, not many would argue in this day and age!

  • June 16, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Long time reader, first time poster. Thanks Tab for all of your dedication throughout a very long season, and the offseason too. This is hands down the best Hawks site out there. Thanks also to the regular posters, who provide insight that is invaluable.

    I can’t say enough about the “class” of this organization. For anyone who owns a business or manages people, you can appreciate that it always starts at the top. In the case of the Hawks, Rocky has set the bar high, and he has put great people behind him to really exemplify what it means to be a Blackhawk. Everyone from top to bottom does the right thing for the right reasons every day, and that’s a difficult culture to build.

    I can’t help but think that bringing on Kimmo is the perfect example of what this organization does best. There may have been other options at the deadline, or the Hawks could have looked internally. Instead they brought in a 40-year-old veteran who has struggled through his share of adversity throughout his career. When Toews was interviewed after the game, he kept repeating that they really did it for the guys who hadn’t won before. I have to believe that Kimmo’s presence contributed to the motivation of this team to win again. Toews handing the cup over to Kimmo and then telling him to take another lap further verifies that this is the case. There’s a lot of brains working in the front office, and sometimes there’s a lot more depth to their decisions than what shows up on the score sheet.

    Cheers to a third cup! Let’s enjoy it!

  • June 16, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Great game, great team, great night. Hawks had the right mix and the heart to win. I’m already looking forward to next year.

  • June 16, 2015 at 8:49 am

    My last comments on next year.
    The Ones to Keep at all cost!

    Vermette – coachable, great speed and with line chemistry will add offense as Sharp will exit sadly. Vermette on the Second Power Play line would have been smart!

    Shaw- a few cups under his belt, and a new found Skill Set in front of the net, not just standing up staying on his skates, but deflecting with the best in the NHL and good outside speed and quick to close in corners and is becoming more disciplined.

    Saad- if put on the right line he is not even close to reaching his potential. Stamkos played for years like him until Stamkos was told to TAKE IT TO THE NET, the rest is history, Saad to big to drift outside, once he learns to go to the net and get results this kid in the next MVP. if he plays in shadows he is maxed out, Saad needs to hit the next level! Babcook would make him shine!

    Teuvo – Wow, what a joy, he really owns the ice better than any hawk player period. I feel he has the skill of Kane but not the attitude which is great. Meaning he does not FORCE PLAY he respects his own skill and size and finds way to get to open ice and is the best passer, period on this team. To me he is a MVP too if Hawks now how to keep him groomed and directed this CUP Experience for all of them is priceless.

    Richards – I can see retiring but i think HOSSA will take him out for a beer and say ” gee golly i came here to win one cup and i got three, so why not stick around for one more.” I think Richards will stay and play for very very little impact on salary caps. I hope so, he paced himself knowing the big stage is for well rested and tested boys.

    We can not lose Hossa and Richards . . .

    Our Third line Defense needs help, i did not see a rock star step in all year who has the complete package. TVR is not it yet, way to many times he runs players off but the player is able to run TVR off the puck and off his skates. He must get Bigger!

    Speaking of Bigger DARLING needs to get lighter and in better shape! Too much to move 6 -6 232 and Bishop is 6-7 208! Some say it’s the day of the BIG GOALIE but if your not a world class athlete well forget it. Price is 6-3 King Henry is 6-1 and Quick is 6-1 and Crow is 6-2 anyone over 6-4 is in trouble, big 5 holes and slower post to post. But Darling needs to continue to improve but is a stunning contrast in net minders when he does come in.

    All my best
    Thank you Tab once again

  • June 16, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Roll 4 lines. Works like a charm.

  • June 16, 2015 at 8:51 am

    ….the Hawks should invite Doug Wilson to the parade, the guy is a Black Hawk for life, Handzus in ’13 & Desjardins this year. Thank you #24.

  • June 16, 2015 at 8:53 am

    I echo the words of all who thank Tab for this terrific blog. It’s been a great treat for me to share this platform with all of you. Speaking of platforms, there should be some interesting comments coming from the one they set up in Grant Park on Thursday! And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention two more platforms. The first is the dynasty one. We’re on it, no question in my mind, all the doubters be damned. There will be many observations from the many talking heads in the days to come about whether or not it’s justified. Well it is! We’re on it, the highest platform in professional hockey. And the class we’ve shown in getting there is truly humbling to see and makes me truly proud of this team and this organization. Which leads me to the second platform. And that’s the one occupied by a team or, let’s say, a coach, who in defeat can show grace and class and show his team and the world what it means to be a real teacher, a real leader of men, a real example for all who will one day come after him. Cooper…you’re none of those things, and I’m not surprised. Too bad. Enjoy your legacy. And since you couldn’t say it (at least I didn’t hear it – someone correct me if I’m wrong), we’ll do it for you.
    Congrats, boys! What a proud day for the Chicago Blackhawks!! Well deserved!!!

  • June 16, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Congrats Hawks! Thanks Tab and all the other posters for an amazing year!

    Hawks are the best club in Hockey (and I bet you all were loving those zone exits last night…)

  • June 16, 2015 at 9:08 am

    WOW!!! The IQ, Heart, Organization… is as good/ better then the talent here!!!

    top to bottom…

    Morrison, thanks for “getting it”

    looking forward to the – exciting Draft/arm-chair GM’ing

    Rufus- Oduya- made a lot of costly TO’s all year long… and then focuses- and is a beast!!!) 91- I thought was slow- most of the year… and then skates like Hossa (at times)/and checks like 19… Guy really showed up big… I was really wrong about 91.

    Kudos- to the trainers/players for the conditioning… Hawks “turned it on” like Mayers said they could… got stronger/faster at the end of Most series!!!

    Don’t know who the Hawks need more next year… 27 or 91 ( I don’t think 86 is ready for full ice Center duties) But 27 really did show up too!!!

    Gotta keep 16 too!!!

  • June 16, 2015 at 9:11 am

    What a day, and what a night! Biblical storms crush the Chicago metro area late afternoon for the drive in to the UC. First time to be driving right down the middle of a tornado warning through torrential rains on back streets of West suburbs towards city. I made it in early though.

    For sure a different crowd with a tension filled buzz prior to the puck drop and then during the game. Some pretty good fans though around me. Sad that some of the regs sold their tickets for big bucks, but hey its a free country. Waiting just inside Gate 2 for my son to arrive so I could give him his ticket, I watched a guy with perfectly relaxed look on his face, just on the other side of the railing inside, step up and over and just walk towards and up the escalator. The guy had sneaked in!! Guys around waiting like me all loked at each other and said, “hey that guy just sneacked in!!” Hilarious.

    Bolts really clutching the sticks last night. My God they missed so many glorious scoring chances. Yes, the Hawks missed some too, but the Bolts could have had 3 in the 1st easy. We all know how that works. Like in soccer when a team pressures hard and gets nothing, it invariably flips back the other way. Duncs tally just lit the UC up. Some tension left the upper back and shoulders as it was getting a bit nerve wracking for me. You could literally feel it shift. Bolts didn’t quit, but watching Bishop, this poor guy was really struggling to move, and was literally on last legs. What did they say about Bishop injury? Had to be knee or groin left side imo. Guy was a gamer though.

    How great was CC last night! His performance was a resounding screw you to the media that had brusied and battered this poor guy mercilessly for years following the PHX mess years ago and then the 2 game burp to start out the Preds series. The sob just wins. He competes does what it takes to let his team find a way to succeed. Watching Corey raise the Cup on UC ice was very special. You think the press will leave this guy alone for a week or two maybe. Loved to see Crow utter “f*&^’n A carrying the Cup. Tazer too F^&*n right before the Kimmo hand off.

    One of the highlights for me was watching Duncan Keith spin away after Stamkos hit him up side the head. He had that “look” on his face. Pivots back grabs puck and makes this masterful stick move that just froze up the Bolts up at the blueline. Never saw that one before. Then he gets off a great shot. He was just pissed off and channeled it into his game in positive way. He was extra motivated after that, and no wonder he followed up his own shot the eventual game winner a bit later. If there is a lion on this team its Duncan frick’n Keith. MVP, MVP!!

    Desi penalty was a bit unnerving but he was just playing hard and happened to get his stick in. Yes, with almost 4;00 min(?) left one had to think uh oh, please don’t let the Bolts get a quick one. The Kane goal though let everyone breathe for the first time in the Finals. A 2 goal lead at last! It had to be Kane with that tally. It just had to be. What a look off by Richards!!

    More later. The sun is shining in Chicago and I have that special inner glow one gets after such a special occasion. Be proud Hawks fans. This is our time.

    Lets Go Hawks!!

  • June 16, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Congratulations to each and every member of the Hawks and IceHogs organizations. They have carved a niche in the salary cap era which is the model of all professional sports.

    Magnificent hockey. Guts, skill and heart. I can now die peacefully. In your eyes, I am now complete, indeed.

    Corey Crawford, David slays the Goliath staring him down all season. Duncan Keith, to cop the perfect line of another poster, the generational Defenseman. Everyone else, merely surreal hockey excellence.

    As for the game…man, the ice must have been terrible. Never seen so many odd plays. But you knew 88 would seal the deal.

    Thank you Tab and all posters for 10 months of insightful and inspired commentary. SATISFACTION.

  • June 16, 2015 at 9:20 am

    The Blackhawks are quite simply the best. The Ducks tried to beat us with physicality, something many saw, including myself, as a winning way. The Bolts tried to beat us with speed, something Mike the Mook saw as the winning way. The Blackhawks would have none of it, got around both issues. With Nashville we got by adversity, with Minny we showcased determination, and all along we were never the darling of the media. Constant barrage of Rinne, Yeo, Kesler and Perry, Cooper and the triplets. Woe to the vanquished!

  • June 16, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Hawks can not afford to lose any core four defensemen no matter how we do the analysis we just get the “return” in a trade. Hawks need to invest in one more “big body” maybe TVR in a weight room if i’m GM, or someone with some speed and size to solidify the 3 line defense.

    Richards just might play for FREE and he has mad skills when it counts. Paced himself well.

    Also as mentioned the HAWKS SLEEP before games all players say they are the best conditioned team and relaxed and sometimes that means slow starts to games but usually big finish. When all the Bolts players mumbled how they can not sleep before game 4 I knew it was about over. Sleep rest and nutrition is key, even Vermette said he was Shocked on the pre-game prep not the lame practice but emotional and mind body spirit.

  • June 16, 2015 at 9:26 am

    The ride –
    a rollercoaster –
    at the end the trees parted to show the forest and basking in the sunlight –
    THE CUP!

    Enjoy the moment my fellow Hawk fans –
    The ride begins again in 3 months…..

  • June 16, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Congratulations to everyone!

    2014-15 Stanley Cup Champions

  • June 16, 2015 at 9:30 am

    How sweet it is. I love reading what the die hards have to say. My dad put a Stan Mikita poster on my bedroom wall when I didn’t even know what hockey was. I asked about him and thought ok, dad says he’s good so he’s good. Then I knew a little about Bobby Hull, Dennis Hull, Esposito, and have a faint memory of Bobby Orr being on the team. I got into really watching when Savard, Secord, Larmer, et al came on to the scene but without being able to see home games I felt a little robbed. But I know the loyalty through the lean years and through somewhat Cublike disappointment just makes the feeling better. I’m sure at the parade some of you guys will look around at people and you will recognize these loyalists. It’s also great to see the kids who love the game be able to experience something like this too. It’s time for the biggest celebration in sports that will only be surpassed by the Cubs winning the world series.

  • June 16, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Congrats to the Blackhawks Players, Coaching Staff, and Organization. This 3rd cup feels different and just seems harder earned…but probably a testament to how this team can win in so many different ways.

    What do you think the conversation between Scotty Bowman and Q was like? Q winning a cup with his third different coaching staff…incredible.

    The 4 D-Men…that was epic.

    I do not know if the Tampa players themselves spoke about their injuries, if it was the coach, or if it was leaked…but I think that was pretty poor form.

    Tab, I appreciate this website with your reviews and insight and your allowance for us fans to discuss the greatest team in Hockey right now. Go Hawks!

  • June 16, 2015 at 9:44 am

    So many great comments today from the regulars, the once in a whiles, and some newcomers. I concur all.
    From the players, who to a man gave all, to the coaches, the staff, the suits upstairs, awesome job across the board. What a day – an era – to be a Blackhawks fan. Like many others, I grew up with the Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull, Tony Esposito et al Hawks. Loved those teams but truth of the matter is they were underachievers. Now we are in the penthouse!

    THIS RIDE IS NOT OVER! We will continue to compete for it all despite inevitable re-tooling thats coming. One last Thank You to my uncle Walter, who made me a Blackhawks fan for life, for all those nights at the old Stadium in the Red Top lot on the south side of Madison. We usually had the space right about where center ice is today.

  • June 16, 2015 at 9:44 am

    When the Hawks went into the third 3rd with a lead this season they NEVER lost,….. all season! That’s simply amazing. I believe with last nights win that final number was 27-0, regular season and playoffs. That’s an amazing stat!

    I DID not see this Championship coming, I just didn’t think this team had enough talent. I wanted them to win, I liked their chances but I felt like teams had caught them on talent and maybe they have but Ken Hitchcock said it best last season, ”

    “It’s their resolve, that’s what makes them special players,” Hitchcock said. “It’s not their skill. There are lots of people with just as much skill. It’s their ability to stay with it.”

    And there it is that! That quote is from 2014 and in 2015 that same resolve of losing last season got them to the top of the mountain again! Amazing season, thanks Tab and thanks everyone for making this a destination for everything Hawks! Where is Mike Reilly? C’mon Stan stop slacking! JK ;-)

  • June 16, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Sorry the number was better 33-0!

  • June 16, 2015 at 10:04 am

    I’m going to defend Barry Melrose a little. Don’t ask me why. He did pick Chicago to win it all before the season started. I didn’t hear his explanation but maybe if the Hawks went didn’t have the two straight years of first round playoff exits he’s think differently. But whatever. Call it what you want. I call it great. And the future is still bright. We’ll lose a few players and it will hurt to see them go. It seems every player is a fan favorite right now because they all made huge contributions. However, Teuvo learned a ton from this experience. Panarin has potential. Some new Dmen with potential. These guys will pick up on the intangibles that the core has through osmosis, photosynthesis, eastern mystical hypnosis, or computer chip implant. The resolve, poise, character, desire, professionalism, etc. is like no other in the NHL.

  • June 16, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Sharpie and Krugs both made passionate pleas to be here next year. That says alot about the team, its players and the organization.

  • June 16, 2015 at 10:36 am

    SSHM – You beat me to the comment about 33-0 when leading after 2 periods this year – what an incredible stat that shows the heart of the champion so well. Also the 4 wins in the series – 3 with a score of 2-1 and 1 with a score of 2-0 – old time hockey that probably caused heart problems for many of us.

    Regarding Mike Reilly, it is hard to imagine how he could turn down an offer given the opportunities that will be available and also the chance to learn from the top d-man of our time and reigning Conn Smythe winner.

    Tab – Your efforts all year long are off the chart – Thanks for providing us such a great place to share the ride.

  • June 16, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Mike, I noticed the comments by Sharp and Kruger too…good point. Removing what will need to happen for the Hawks to build a team for next year (as in changes will have to be made), it says a lot about the players and organization when a number of key pieces simply do not want to leave because of the locker room and commitment to winning.

  • June 16, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Phil, great/honest objective observation on TB “clutching” the sticks…

    Really- was the difference in series… Stamkos- as guilty as any…

    The only Hawk that was guilty — was TT in game 5/6… played great position/stick…
    BUT- did notice the “tightness” on his break away (Game 5) and the 2 PP passes that he totally muffed.

    I guess- the experienced Hawks vs. “in-experienced” Bolts played a big factor

  • June 16, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Some things I wanted to share about what it felt like to be at the game last night from an older fans perspective. The elation was palpable as the clock ran down. The Bolts looked like they were done when their power play fizzled. Heads began to hand and shoulders sagged. You knew it really was over for them with about 2:00 left. I focused on Hammer and Crow at the end. Loved the Hammer stick throw at the finish like he did after they beat the Wild. Crow was just jacked and shaking with excitement ripping off his helmet and throwing the tools.

    What struck me though as they guys mobbed each other was a sadness that had suddenly invaded my happy space. The realization that many of these guys aren’t coming back next year. Watching Johny Oduya raise the Cup brought that home. I sure hope they can find a way to keep him. How crazy great was 27 after coming back from injury? Vermette was simply phenomenal and had filled a void this team has had for years. A real character guy to boot. Would love to find a way to keep him. Richards as maligned as he was at times ended up also being the guy we hoped he would be when signed last summer. Another great role player. Watching Kruger lift the Cup almost brought tears to my eyes. The guy simply played his heart out for this team against some of the best lines in the NHL. God I hope he remains a Hawk. Desjardins was fantastic add on and gave his all to help this team secure a Cup. Bittersweet and enigmatic was Bickell skating a round with the Cup. It was as though he were a ghost skating alone. Last but not least was Sharpy. This guy was a big reason why this team was so good for the past 6-7 years. A true sharpshooter that also brought a solid two way game. His off ice travails, and declining production should not let us lose sight of what this guy brought to the team for so many years. He always put on a good face win or lose for interviews. Alas, he is likely to be gone, but like these other guys I mentioned should never be forgotten.

    It’s hard to write about this. The 2014-2015 Hawks was a really classy group. Can’t thank them enough for the thrills this year, and their efforts in keeping me on the plus side about Cup possibilities. What an organization from top to bottom! First class all the way.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • June 16, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Sorry for the typos….

  • June 16, 2015 at 10:56 am

    I don’t know how someone can say this team isn’t a dynasty or try to compare them to the Canadiens, Islanders and Oilers. If the Hawks didn’t have a salary cap to deal with Buff, Ladd, Campbell, Leddy etc would still be with the Hawks. I think there may have been a few cups with those in the fold. Those others teams would have been dismantled in a salary cap era and most likely not have won those consecutive cups if we’re comparing

  • June 16, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Gold- My guess is not having back to back titles might make a difference. Maybe 3 cups in 5 years would have convinced them, Now I’m thinking ‘what if’ regarding the game 7 loss to LA. Forget that.. Champs!

  • June 16, 2015 at 11:17 am

    I am not a religious person, but God must love the Hawks alot to have taken “Dollar Bill” from us and given us Rocky. Rocky has got to be the most loved owner on the planet. Thank you Cubbies for John McDonough. Thank you SB for the pickups of Vermy and Desi, and who knows, Timmonen helped TT’s progress and motivated the team to win it for the new guys. What a classy statement by JT that he wanted it for the new guys who haven’t experienced it before. Thank you to Dale Tallon for bringing in Hossa. What an influence he has been on our young players. He is like a coach on the ice. His back checking and just total effort every shift was inspirational to watch. And thank you, Tab for this amazing site. And thank you for the really brilliant fans who post regularly on this site. I learned alot from reading your posts.

  • June 16, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Great stuff Phil. A stick tap to you for providing great in-stadium fan experience perspective on the board. I always enjoy reading your comments. It does feel like the post-2010 overhaul where a lot of the faces will be moving on.

    Another nugget that I am blatantly stealing from some article or another. Probably McIndoe. There are 8 active players in the NHL with 3 stanley cups. 7 of them are on the Blackhawks (2, 4, 7, 10, 19, 81, 88). Yeah, these guys are damn good.

    I also saw the article that the cup presentation was delayed because it was stuck in traffic from the storm last night. It did seem like it was taking awhile, but figured that was because Bettman was still writing out his speech with his crayons.

    An interesting side note – I have 3 kids, 5, 2 and 7 months. After each of them was born, we won the ensuing Cup (2010, 2013, 2015). A wise man (Crash Davis) once said “never @$^% with a winning streak.” We can’t really afford the 3 kids we already have but if someone wants to cover college tuition in 19 years we could try to go for a fourth.

  • June 16, 2015 at 11:27 am

    My guess is da udder player with tree cups is someone with the Kings for two and annuder team for da udder cup. It must be what’s his name….

  • June 16, 2015 at 11:32 am

    MINING MAN I’m a NHL fan first, Bolts played very well and I know speed kills, physical play not soo much anymore ( why hawks beat bruins and ducks this year) , that Lame Riddle of Big bodies, bullies and untimely late hits for bad penalties has been solved but speed on all four lines and playing as unit in the zones with crisp rotation to the net, Well, to me “personally” was fun to watch a Bolts system played virtually to perfection, I love hockey! While Bolts lead the league in scoring they don’t strike me as a offensively gifted “sharp shooters” man per man. The D defense is the offense. Hawks did maybe 3 things better and won the game but that is the NHL and hockey. I guess for some this win suddenly gets distorted into it was a “Sure thing” and “Dominance” and the word “Dynasty”begin to leak out. But the league is pretty “even”

    I have never seen Keith take the puck to the net like he did on his goal, and then angle in for his own rebound, NEVER. Also all “other hawks” on that play did ye ole drift wide of the net, but Keith did it alone. Imagine if you can how many goals he’s have playing with the Bolts? Imagine if every Hawks line had a Shaw to dominate the front of the net?

    Yes the Hawks do find a way to win but this NHL has 12 teams where only one DUMB PLAY like Bishop putting the puck in his own net into the Rear View mirror or Stamkos who couldn’t lift a puck 6 1/2 inches over Cory’s pad out of it!

    Well deserved victory for hawks but still a need for speed and giving our d-men more of a role below the dots on offense should be noted. The west is full of good teams again one injury “Broken Wrist” or “torn Groin” away from summer vacation.

    Go Hawks . . . next year should we will be positioned to be in the “running” once again all we can ask!

  • June 16, 2015 at 11:37 am

    GOLDENBLADZ the dynasty idea and salary cap are the issue. No they are not the Oilers or maybe you think they are which they might be . .. but indeed my comment was all cap and this era, it is impossible to have a “True Dynasty” unless we win Back to Back which to me is impossible. And obviously if hawks could have kept Ladd and Buff and Leddy this team Talent wide would be deep as the old days! Btu cap makes ya do the salary cap shuffle, but all good,

    Enjoy the Victory

  • June 16, 2015 at 11:53 am

    No doubt Duncan Keith deserved the MVP, but the co-MVP of this series was Nick the Hammer …… Doc and Pierre were in love with Nick, and let’s face it….. we are too!! He was all over the place, blocking shots, blocking passes, clearing the zone, and keeping the puck in the offensive zone. I’m sure Keith would say the same thing. Have a great summer Hawks!! My goal this summer: A Selfie with the Cup!!

  • June 16, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    2, 4, 7, and 27 were amazing. They all played even harder when paired with 44 or 57…it was truly an incredible performance. Keith, holy s@#!$, Duncan Keith. Hossa will not simply call a teammate the best player in the game…he just won’t do it. He may say they are very good or they play well, but he wouldn’t say they are the best player in the game, unless he really believed it.

  • June 16, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Reload and repeat time.

  • June 16, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Great post, Phil. Really puts it in perspective. I felt the same sadness as I watched a couple of the guys carry the cup.

  • June 16, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Who cares about what dynasty does or doesn’t mean. Like Kane said…..I just know 3 Cups in 6 years is good. If the Kings win the Cup next year, it would be 3 in 5 years……are they a dynasty????

    I think the Hawks will find a way to keep 11 and 91, if they want them. I think both will be happy with about $1mm.
    80 worked for peanuts this year, but at 32 years old he will go with the money.
    27 will probably go somewhere in the $4mm+ range, thanks for your service.
    10 will give a list of teams he will accept a trade, because he understands. The Hawks got his best years and he helped build the consistency to win.
    23 at $2.2mm he is a serviceable piece . Fully recovered will be an affordable asset.
    29 is a casualty and who will probably benefit from a change of scenery.

    That gives SB about $15mm to sign Saad (IMO $5.5mm) and Kruger ($2mm) leaving about $7.5mm to fill the team (3 forwards and 3 Dmen)……Here come the Hogs. I am excited about next season already. It will be fun to watch a younger, faster, hungrier and more physical group lead by the best core in the league.

  • June 16, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    btw– F*** Kevin Hayes- ya could have had a cup kid!!!

  • June 16, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    On June 1st of 1992, in a suburb of Chicago, I sat watching the Hawks vs Penguins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Not even being 7 yet, I was completely convinced that the Blackhawks would come back and win the series. After all, it was just 4 wins in a row and they had already done that twice! Well that didn’t happen. When the final buzzer sounded, I walked over to the window, watched the wind rustle the leaves, and shed a few tears. This is my first sports memory.

    My father and his father loved sports. My grandfather often had the Cubs game on one TV, the Sox game on the other TV, and the Hawks game playing over the radio. My father claims, to this day, that it was obvious when my grandfather got dementia because he went from being a lifelong Cubs fan, to a Sox fan.

    I get a lot of my sports passion from my father. He loved his Bears football. He loved his Cubs baseball. He lived and died by his Blackhawks hockey. When hockey fights broke out he would stand up and start shadowboxing. Being a “hockey fights are stupid and useless” advocate, I probably shouldn’t admit that I sometimes do the same. My father had (still has) two favorite hockey teams, the Blackhawks, and whoever is playing the Wings. Better dead than red. They cheated to win. Detroit sucks. I’m not quite the same meatball, but I can’t stand the Red Wings, and something tells me this is why.

    The second I read that Bill Wirtz died, I called my father and we talked about how maybe this gives the Hawks a chance to be relevant again. It was a celebratory phone call, which is always awkward after a death.

    Last Monday, Phil offered me a chance to go to Game 3 with him. (A quick side note, the reason I push so hard for these meet ups is because of the real friendship that AJ and I have established with Phil. He is incredibly generous and kind and I only occasionally have to prevent him from getting into fights. We love talking to people that love hockey.) I was ecstatic. I immediately shared the news with my father and he couldn’t believe it. I was going to a Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Final game, it blew his mind.

    When the game finished and the Hawks lost, I received a text. “I’m sick. Sorry son.” It’s with that text that I came to a realization. My father was born in 1957, he wasn’t even 4 when the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. It was 53 years of living and dying with each passing season until he was able to witness them winning it all. I had to take a step back and realize how lucky we all are to be witnessing this. In a way I feel as if I’ve been taking this success for granted since I feel like I “know” the hawks are the best team in the league. That they “should” win every year.

    We are witnessing greatness. We should never let it slip how lucky we are to be experiencing these moments, and making these memories.

    After the horn sounded last night, I stared at my TV with a stupid smile on my face. Happy for me, happier for my father, happiest for the love of hockey that my father gifted me.

    tl;dr Hawks are great, thank you father.

  • June 16, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    But Wall … they coulda had BOTH Hayes kids … better balance … yada yada yada … had they kept Jimmy KH woulda signed here … yada yada yada …

    I’m glad your reverse jinx schtick worked out for you but as for many of your predictions … well … consider staying out of the prediction business!

    I will agree with the “fuck Kevin Hayes” sentiment though – I commented in similar fashion after the Rangers bowed out and Hayes totalled (I think) two points in the playoffs, or was it three …

  • June 16, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    GREAT post, Phil! (…really captures the spirit of the thing)

    And, Tab – THANK YOU for creating & maintaining the best forum for Hawks fan discussion.

    — if there was an award for Far Exceeded Expectations, my vote would be for Oduya.

  • June 16, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Wow! Still smiling from ear to ear! What a ride this year has been. From Rocky all the way to whomever would be at the end of that list, Great job, and thank you for making it a pure joy to be a Chicago Blackhawks fan!

    Tab, thank you for another stellar year of the “Committed Indians”!

    Can’t wait for next year, but alot to savor over what will be a memory filled summer!

    Let’s Go Hawks!

  • June 16, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    The problem with the Hawks is that they can’t win a game 7 in the SCF – nice problem to have when you only need six. Another great season for the dynasty.

  • June 16, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Hof- I was perfect in the series/prediction/winner business… I think I am 0 for 6 now!!! I really- did think Hawks should/would beat Ducks… but never would I risk my “perfect” record and or Jinx the routine.

    Re: Hayes bros… yes- I still believe Benching JHayes and playing KHayes would have been better route then signing 29 to $4M… (assuming they would have landed KHayes- which you insist they wouldn’t)… but then – I still say skating/Benching JHayes for $1m , (and no Bro) , is better than 29 at $4M… but that’s just me- I guess.

    I will see you at a Hogs game sometime next year… maybe even buy you a beer at Brew pub… that’s if we don’t get into a fight – this summer- about me potentially taking over for SB- this draft year.

  • June 16, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Iceman, every time you say the Doug Wilson thing I laugh hard.

  • June 16, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Goldenbladz, its better then a dynasty because no team can keep everyone for at least 5yrs. When you think about it though, in the salary cap era (2nd century of Hockey), winning 3 or moar times in 8/10 or less yrs is a dynasty in salary cap ‘type’ era. No team will ever win 4 times in a row again, ever.

  • June 16, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Mudturtle, Justin Williams has three Cups (06 with Carolina, 12 +14 with LA)

    side note: remember the complaints about the ratings for TB/CHI vs. NY/CHI, NBC has to be happy with the results. It beats CAR/EDM in 06 lol.

    Congrats to everyone.

    Let’s go Hawks!!!

  • June 16, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    K Hayes is regretting his decision now and make a major career mistake. Will always be remembered as a short cut ter.

  • June 16, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Was surprised to see Svedberg in the on-ice celebration last night. Jeez that kid is big!

  • June 16, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Nah Wall we won’t brawl. You know your stuff and I just like pointing out when it’s over the top (IMO of course). But what a win, what a playoffs … just fantastic. 0-for-6, huh? Buy some instant lotto tickets … you’re due!

    McDonough and Bowman both commented they’ve been working on next season since the beginning of this season. So it looks like they won’t get caught with their pants down.

    If you happen to catch Bronco posting his “Bowman is a little weasel” narrative, stand up for Bowman, will ya?

    Got to hand it to management and the coaching staff, they did a fantastic job. I even have a new found respect for Mike Kitchen – he handled the defensemen rotation and match ups and it turned out extraordinarily well.

  • June 16, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Love reading the “sub-stories” … about, how, why, what it means to some of these players…. Richards (told by Q- “come win the cup”)… #11, AD’s blog about his family and bringing cup home, really don’t know much about the guy… but SB/Hawks must have had some great background info on the character of #11 and what makes him tick (makes me cry… I must be gettin old- or just feelin – no sleep, hangover).

  • June 16, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Mike: nice salary cap roster breakdown, we’ll see. Morrison: Doug Wilson is a nice friendly guy, no hard feelings by him; on the other hand, his old D partner, Bob Murray, crusty (sour grapes v. Hawks, but that was old regime) guy, complain complain complain. Maybe Mr. Rufus can apply w/ Anaheim as Central Division Midwest based scout? I would love to hear the complaining b/w him & Murray.

  • June 16, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    That Kane goal from Richards was an absolute exclamation point on the season. Rufus is right about odiuya he is tough as nails both mentally and physically. Had a lifetime moment with my kids celebrating last night on that Kane goal. What a moment. What a season Also the Canadian network did a montage on the playoffs it’s pretty cool. I encourage everyone to find it and watch it. I loved the scene when the Minnesota bench and Q were yelling encouragement sharp scores and the hawks bench erupts and the wild players lower their heads. Awesome!

  • June 16, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Hofmeister, Hayes had 2 goals for the rangers in this year’s playoffs.

  • June 16, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Wall- imagine how happy #11 was to get away from John Scott and Mike Brown. Andrew Shaw and Marcus Kruger are a littllllle bit better.

    I’m looking forward to playing armchair GM with you fellas in the upcoming weeks.

  • June 17, 2015 at 7:40 am

    Thanks JS for a most eloquent narrative. Most of us as Blackhawks fans are linked by family and friend connections that share a love of this team that goes back to when we were kids. I was lucky enough to have been taken by my dad and mom to game when I was quite young, and was immediately hooked. Perhaps 6-8 years old at the Stadium when Bobby Hull, Stosh, Glenn Hall and Pilote were my heros. Watching the Hawks hoist the Cup on a black and white screen in 61 I was 8 years old. Developing a love of the Indian head sweater, still the best uniform in all of sport IMO. The Saturday night black and white broadcasts of road games from mythical places called the Montreal Forum, the Gardens of Toronto, New York, and Boston. Detroit Olympia. Hawks always had road games on Saturday and home games were Sunday nights. The call by Lloyd Petit on TV and especially radio was always riveting for me. “A SHOT AND A GOAL”. I just loved hearing that. There are Lloyd snippets on youtube thankfully, but man was that guy was good at bringing right down to the ice level with his call.

    My dad passed away almost 10 years ago next month. Like JS said many of us are linked to the Hawks via our dads. He would have just loved all of the joy surrounding the success of this team, and like him I can’t help yelling at the TV when things aren’t going right, and whooping it up when things are rolling our way. With fathers day coming up, this is a shout of thanks dad for bringing me up a Hawks fan. I’m sure these games are available in the spirit world so I feel we are still sharing the experience.

    Lets Go Hawks!!

  • June 17, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Pete, thanks for the turn on to the Hockey Night in Canada 2015 playoff review. Excellent viewing, and is highlighted by the Kane comment to Maroon at a face off that still cracks me up.

    Lets Go Hawks!!

  • June 17, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Fuckin right Chicago!

  • June 17, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Thanks for that post JS. It reminds me of my father as he used to bring me to the Hawks former AHL farm team “New Brunswick Hawks” shared with the Leafs. I remember keeping all the programs and waiting to see them make the NHL. I saw my first and only Hawks game live and it was in Toronto at Maple Leaf Gardens and witnessed Denis Savard score twice on Felix Potvin and the Hawks beat the Leafs 3-2 and we sat first row behind the Leafs bench.

    As ecstatic as I am with the Hawks winning this year it comes with a bit of sadness as I wasn’t able to enjoy it with my dad as he has been in the hospital for the last 3 weeks in ICU and has no awareness of the Hawks winning. Hopefully the knowledge of them winning will help him through this and regains a full recovery.

    I enjoy all the comments on this site and hearing of other Hawks fans personal stories of how they became dedicated Hawks fans

  • June 17, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Goldenbladz, best of luck with your dad and may he return to good health asap.

    Lets Go Hawks!!

  • June 17, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    Goldenbladz; My family”s thoughts and prayers will be with you and your father. I understand the perspective of your situation.

  • June 18, 2015 at 4:57 am

    goldenb, here’s hoping good vibes are circling where you need them most.

  • June 18, 2015 at 6:32 am

    Thank you guys that is really appreciated :)

  • June 18, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Goldenbladz when your dad gets better you be able to tell him the best thing you could ever tell anyone. The Chicago Blackhawks just won The Stanley Cup.

    JS, really good post and I would like to go to those meet ups, I just live a bit from town so I am only in town about once a yr.

  • June 23, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    There is some great reading here, thanks to all who shared. I’ve been slow to catch up due to some hip surgery(after game 6 of course). I wanted to think on the big win awhile before I tried to put down any observations. The more I thought the more I wanted to convey.

    I’m going to try and not do the extended version though. This final was different for me in that I watched games 2-6 by myself having my viewing partner son away on military training. I was a bit lost. We were so wanting to get to the Final this year after having lost that G7 to LA. At least I DID get to watch, he wasn’t so lucky.

    Anyway, worked out eh? What a group. Ya know my favorite Hawks team never even got to the SCF. Look at us now!! This team is/was special. They may just drive me to do something that i have often considered but never followed up on. This could be the summer for the Chief Blackhawk/Stanley Cup tattoo. It feels like it’s time has come. I mean, if not now….then when??

    Also, I have a point to make. I suppose it’s nothing more than an opinion but I am adamant in giving it. TB did not ‘almost’ win anything, ok?! Neither did Philly or Boston! Losing a SCF in 6 games doesnt mean shit, except you LOST. The best TEAM WON the Cup in ’10-’13-’15. No doubt, no argument, no ”almost”. Screw that!
    They couldn’t even force a game 7, and 2 of those were on their ice! We earned every bit of those titles. We won because we executed . Thats what champs do… Again and again!

    Lastly, we were down a game after playing 3 and of course it was surely the end of the planetary system. But then what happened? ”IT’ happened. ”IT” refers to what I noted after game 3 ended….

    ” TB could be on the eve of their initial 3 game losing streak this season. It happens.”

    That’s not me patting my own back, its more about how sometime in Jan 2013 I knew I could trust this group to the nth degree. I never lose faith in these guys. Nor should I. They are that good. Who else but them? Nobody. This team hits me hard, on the inside. What a great time to be a fan. See ya next season…wake me when the roster is set. I’ll be ready

    ran long, sorry. LGH!

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