Love Is A Long Road: Hawks Win Stanley Cup

I’m going to eschew the normal wrap here. Because who the fuck would want to read it anyway? If you’re lucky, you get one game per season where the minutiae doesn’t matter at all, only the ending. Around these parts, we’ve gotten three of them. It’s still hard to get my arms around typing that.

In fact, all of last night is hard to get your arms around. Just a surreal day, with the weather playing a huge part in it. I’ve been doing this seven full seasons now, and never in all the games I’ve sold programs before had it rained like that. Sure, it rained hard for 20 minutes at times, or a steady drizzle for an hour. But this was relentless. I was trapped in my car for 15-20 minutes, and when I could finally get out the water in the street was over my ankles. I think my socks still weigh four to five pounds.

As for the game, the atmosphere was definitely charged, but there was almost a feeling of confusion or bewilderment to it. Like most of the 22,000, the ones who knew what was at stake fully, still couldn’t quite believe they were there and it was all happening in front of us. We all yelled and cheered almost out of reflex more than anything.

A cagey 1st period didn’t help. But I don’t know, I’m sure there’s a part of you just like me that was glad it wasn’t a blowout. You had to sweat it until the end, right? The Lightning finally split up Stralman and Hedman, at least for sections of the game, which protected the other nitwits on their blue line a little better. It felt like it had all series, where the Hawks carried a majority of the possession but the Lightning fashioned better chances. The Hawks actually fashioned an effective power play that didn’t score, which is new for them because either they do score or they look helpless. They seemed to want to do both with each of their 1st period power plays last night.

Intermission was filled with kind of the same feeling as pregame, as I ran into regulars or readers or friends, all asking if I thought the Hawks would get it done. As if I knew. I mean I did, but I hadn’t been transported back from the future or anything.

The 2nd, same as the 1st. Back and forth, with the Lightning stepping on the gas more and the Hawks not being able to handle it as well. But surviving, thanks to Crawford, who obviously sucks (he’s got a Cup-clinching shutout on his resume now. Chris Osgood that, motherfuckers).

And then Keith’s goal.

Almost poetic in a way. Play broken up at the blue line, sped ahead to Kane. Watch the replay. When Saad makes his stretch pass to Kane Keith isn’t even in the screen. A couple seconds later there he is taking Kane’s pass. Guess all those hits took their toll, right Kesler? There’s Cedric Pacquette standing still. “Oh nice save Bish…. hey where the fuck you going?”

I spilled half my beer on Killion. He didn’t mind. We also kicked over his. He kinda minded that. That roar. Never heard anything like it… at least for a period.

2nd intermission, and then it starts to get real. Felt like we were all coming to terms with what was in front of us. That clock… it never moved. I don’t know how I kept one eye on the clock and one on the ice and never missed anything on either.

Saad dropping to Richards. It went into slow motion from there. Richards just calmly moving in. Moving in. Shoot asshole! And then to Kane who I never thought he saw. That’s when our row turned into a mosh pit. Felt like the roof might collapse. I think back on it and all I remember are flashes of images, it was all happening so frantically.

We tried to pretend the last five minutes were stressful. We’re Chicagoans, and we’re just attuned to bad things happening. But we knew from the time Kane dented twine. It was only a matter of time. We counted down the last 10 seconds. Probably should have counted the last 17, just for symmetry. By the time my row, my friends, got untangled from our hugs, there were the Hawks all piled against the end boards. Then over to the Lightning, who must have felt like the loneliest people on Earth at that moment. Kind of a difference from a year ago. Maybe that’s why this one felt the way it did.

We knew from Twitter the Cup was held up en route. No one cared. It was shinier than I remember when it got there. There were tears, won’t lie. Not as many as I feared would come. I don’t know, something rang inside when Kimmo got it. You could feel his catharsis from the 300 level. It was only less than a year ago that he was probably pretty sure he would never play again, and now he goes out on the best of terms. Criticize the move all you want, you’re certainly in the right. But that, watching him retire with his skates on and the Cup overhead, we all understand that I think.

There’ll be a lot to talk about this summer. Starts pretty soon with the draft. But there’s time for that. Not today.

Are we putting out t-shirts like last time? Working on it now, in fact. Will there be a commemorative issue of The Indian? Of course, but I’m not even going to think about it until next week. Today is about holding onto last night. Let’s all do that.

  • Jim

    Note to Blues, Wild, Predator fans:


    • mnwildfan38

      Well deserved. Still, I hope you’re all hungover this morning.

      • Say what again

        I am!

      • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

        I am NOT hungover….

        Technically, I am still drunk.

    • derlemke

      Blues fans haven’t been that bad. Its the guys at On The Forecheck that are insufferable.

  • Jane Doe

    Sam, Kills, McClure, et al, thank you for another great season. I’m a better (and more knowledgeable) hockey fan for all the work you do.

    364 days to raising a 4th Cup in 7 years!

  • MagFire

    Thanks for all you do, Sam. TCI got me through a lot of stressful mornings-after and is the first thing I check every morning when I get to work. LGH!

  • Ryan

    Be thankful. That’s all.

    Be thankful that you get to watch this team and enjoy this third cup in six years.

    Have a great day and enjoy this. I am going to.

  • parshallnet

    One of my favorite pictures of the night. Cheers, all.

    • SamFels

      Ha, that’s us!

      • parshallnet

        Thought so. I used to work with Burrow at the Tribune years ago, think he’s at WGN radio now. He can probably get you the raw photo if you haven’t reached out to him already. It’s a great shot of a great moment on a great night.

  • Harry Longwood

    Thanks for doing this all season, Felsy (I feel like this would be your hockey nickname, because hockey nicknames are terribly uncreative).

    See you in October.

  • ZigZags82

    Thank you Sam, McClure, Fifth Feather, Killion, DeTolvo, Cieslak for the great work this season. It was an unbelievable read and there is no better place for Hawks news and recaps and precaps. We all get to enjoy this now as Hawks fans now. Savor it.

  • bsatestb

    Thanks for everything. Once again, TCI carried me through the ebbs and flows of the NHL season. Get cracking on those T-shirts…

  • Andrew Heitman

    I want to show every kid I coach, Keith’s game winning goal. Such a simple thing that is so hard to get players to do- follow your rebound. Seems banal, but thats what this team is. Execution of small, little things that add up to one huge result. Man, that was fun.

  • PuttingOnTheFoil77

    Congrats to the Hawks but especially to all the guys at The Committed Indian for giving me something to read every single morning. You guys are an important, relevant voice in Chicago.

  • Gabble Ratchet

    Despite the non-wrap, I was glad to see a mention of the windburn Keith gave to DEFENSIVE FORCE Cedric Paquette

    • ItNeverEnds

      Just exactly perfect

  • windy

    Don’t really post around these parts, but I’d just like to say thanks to everyone at TCI for everything you do. These last years for the Hawks have been amazing, but for me no Hawks experience is complete without your guys’ work.

    Really hope you all keep it going, you guys are an absolute blast.

  • Fawn Moncrief

    Full Hockey Heart today!

  • GoldenJet

    Put me down for a 2x Tall

    I need to get a copy of last nights CI as well!

    What a great night!

  • BigCSouthside

    Great Stuff.

    Honestly, I was worried after Kane’s goal. I had flashbacks to the 17 seconds when the Hawks just mind fucked Boston to win it. All I could think was “Shit. I have seen it happen, could it happen in reverse?”

    But there is simply no better team in series play in the NHL. They did what they were built to do.

    • ZigZags82

      Hawks only do that to other teams. Not the other way around.

  • meme gene okerlund

    1 Conn Smythe
    2 Norris Trophies
    2 Gold medals
    3 Stanley Cups

    That’s a fucking resume

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      He’s in the HOF. First Ballot.

      • meme gene okerlund

        He’s in the same sentence as Leetch and Lidstrom and he’s only 31

    • Feenux

      Let’s not forget he still has about 5-6 more years of hockey to play. I’m guessing you can probably add another gold medal and Norris to that resume before he hangs up the skates.

      • ZigZags82

        And a Cup or two.

    • ZigZags82

      Still has more to add.

  • Sam

    Just heard chelsea dagger played on national npr. no story of natural disasters or civil strife could choke me up as much.

  • Hags

    what’s incredible is all the low’s this team hit in the last year both on and off the ice:
    -Losing to LA on home ice the way they did in Game 7, which at the time and over the summer made it seem like it was possible that was the last best chance for the Core 7 to win another Cup.
    -the loss of Clint Reif
    -the loss of Steve Montador
    -injuries to Sharp, Oduya, TVR, and of course Kane
    -having to deal with the off ice nastiness swirling around Sharp.

    And despite all of this, here they are hoisting another Cup one more time before 1 or 2 of the core are shipped out to parts unknown (most likely Sharp and/or Seabrook) not too mention other key contributors like Oduya, Bickell and Rozie.

    what a remarkable response from a remarkable group of players..

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    Thanks for another wonderful season. You guys make the highs higher and the lows more bearable. Thanks to the writers for another wonderful batch of CI’s. Looking forward to teh cup special.

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    I was too young to remember the cup win in 61. I spent my life waiting for 2010. And now I have seen the unthinkable, the Blackhawks, less than ten years ago the worst sports franchise in North America, have won the Cup three times in six years. Unbelievealble.

    Enjoy this era, it will not come again in our lifetime.

  • denislemieux

    I too was moved when #19 passed the cup to #44. Anyone need further proof of the tone our captain sets for this team? Could not be prouder of our lads. And thanks to all the staff at TCI for you did to add to this historic season.

  • sheeyat

    Sheeyat! Woo hoo! Argle bargle! Woof woof! Congrations! Yabba dabba doo!
    Blagga blagga! Gblah gblah! Hooble hobble! 3 Cups! Free Old Style!

  • AirTrafficAJ

    And for a little while, at least, peace and happiness reigned in their hearts.

  • Pilotefan

    “what a long strange trip it’s been”
    Thanks for your commentary and the love and work you put into it.

    • ItNeverEnds

      Exactly, and what a way to start the summer!

  • Oldfarthawkfan

    To all the TCI staff, although I don’t always agree with everything that is written, I respect your opinions and your knowledge. I love reading the recaps and analysis, they have thought and depth. You bring up points that I hadn’t considered. I echo those words to those that blog here also. Personally, for a kid that was in the original Madhouse on Madison in 1971, the catharsis of last night, I cannot explain. Wish I could of been there, but life has taken me out to the west coast. Hope you guys heard the scream all the way from out here on Kaner’s goal.

  • GoldenJet

    In ’96/’97 the Blackhawks’ streak of 28 straight post season appearances came to an end…This signaled the beginning of the darkest age for the team. Personally, I was so disgusted with Dollar Bill and Pully that I walked away from our season tickets and fully stopped supporting the team. They didn’t deserve the time of day.

    For ten years, they floundered. I lost touch with most everything NHL…although, I always made time to watch as many games as possible in the Stanley Cup Playoffs…It was and is the greatest post-season in sports.

    When the Hawks picked up Toews…and then Kane, it was starting to look like the ship was righting itself. Still, I was boycotting ownership.

    Then Dollar Bill died.

    The following week, I called the Blackhawks’ ticket office and renewed season tickets. One the best decisions I’ve ever made. (If only I could have afforded 4, rather than 2…)

    To the few of you that kept your tickets and supported the team through those darkest days, I tip my hat.

    Now, we’re waking up to the sun, shining on a 3rd Cup in 6 seasons…(but for a fluke bounce, it could be 3rd in a row and 4 in 6…).

    From the deepest and darkest of days, this team has risen to the pinnacle of sport and doesn’t show any sign that they want to give up that spot. We are living in the Golden Age of Blackhawks hockey. Savor it. Enjoy the ride!

    • ItNeverEnds

      My brother and i grew up listening to the home games on the radio & my first games were at the Stadium. Playing hockey in the area as a kid it was an underground society. Kept going to the UC when they were really bad, buying the $10 tix to sit in the 100 level was the only way it wass worrh it to watch some of those teams. But then Toews & Kane happened & the UC was filling up again. I took the plunge on season tix that i couldnt afford really, but what a great decision. Last night was a culmination of a hockey fantasy for me. Grinning ear to ear right now, same as last night! Peace and Love, all

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      Some people think Hawks fans gave up on the team when things were bad. Some people think that Hawks fans still loved the team, but gave up on the ownership. The truth is, the Ownership (Dollar Bill) gave up on the fans. As soon as Rocky took over, the fans came back, even before this team had made the playoffs again.

      • GoldenJet

        Ownership ran my favorite team into the ground…it was unforgivable…it was heart breaking…

        The fans never stopped being fans…we were angry…It was painful to watch…so I, for one, tried not to look.

        The reaction to Bill Wirtz’s death was almost immediate…It was as if a cloud had been lifted off of the franchise. That’s all it took to bring many of us back…and the winning brought the avalanche of support.

      • jrzy78 .

        So true, I watched and went to games all thru the 80’s and early/mid 90’s but got so disgusted with Wirtz that I stopped caring about the team. The last 7 years have been a revelation and a wonderful reward for all those years of misery.

      • JJNDadTo4

        Very, very well said Sparky!!! Thanks for putting that in perspective. All hail Rocky!!!!

  • Raul Miller

    A heartfelt thank you to the staff for all the work you put into this site and to all the knuckleheads who post funny shit in the forum. So I ask, does this feel like the Jordan era Bulls to anyone else? They’re already put the icing on the fucking cake as far as I’m concerned, but I also feel like there’s more to come.

    • ZigZags82

      More to come.

  • Preacher

    March 28, 2015: “The 2014-2015 Chicago Blackhawks are finished.” –Sam Fels
    Sam, I love your analysis and writing, but I’ve never been happier to see you so totally wrong on this one! This team simply does NOT follow the usual “rules.”
    Great wrap, by the way! Glad you were there in person to witness history being made. Thanks for sharing it with us!

    • mazer_rackham

      he didn’t heed his own advice — doubt this team at your own peril 🙂

    • jordyhawk

      Our play was pretty spotty all year long. I didn’t think it would be our year either. Glad (more than actually) to be proven wrong. I don’t think the test is whether you are right or wrong, but whether or not you stick with the team through it all. Sam has.

      • ZigZags82

        I never stopped believing all year. It felt like a coast. I have never been more confident in a team. Since October. There was something special about this team, all the adversity and resilience. I knew it from Day 1. Adamant.

        • jordyhawk

          Fair enough, good call. Next October maybe let me know if I should put a dime on the lads to repeat.

          • ZigZags82

            We’ll see how the roster shakes out lol.

          • jordyhawk

            I was thinking about the back end. We will lose Oduya unless he wants to re-up at a discount, but TVR should be that much better and Stephen Johns sounds ready and could be good. That could give us 5 solid guys (and we have won 3 cups essentially going with 4 or 5; Leddy really didn’t see much ice at crunch time vs Bruins and Boynton was #6 in 2010). We could be even better at the back next year (especially if we can sign someone to round it out).

    • Jim

      I’d give Fels a pass here.
      At that time, I also thought the Hawks were done.
      Remember, the Hawks had just lost Kane (and remember DRose was gone the same day, to add to the somber mood)

      The Hawks would not be here celebrating (TREE) without Kane.

      Kane coming back for the Preds series was a miracle. And it was his getting hurt that allowed the Hawks to get Vermette (With all due respect, I’ll omit Timonen from this discussion). Without Vermette, Q could not have the line constructions he was enabled to make, and Chicago may very well have been edged out by Nashville or Anaheim (with all due respect, I’ll omit the Wild from that discussion)

      But on that day, we didn’t know about Vermette, and we didn’t know Kane would be back. He wasn’t supposed to come back until the WCF timeframe.

    • SuperHawk27

      Ugh, That was the only game I was able to make it to, but I never stopped believing. I had my doubts….oh I had my doubts, but I never wrote them off totally. Anything can happen with this team. They still have a firm grasp on that “switch” too.

  • “Today is about holding on to last night. Let’s all do that.”

    Amen, Mr. Fels. Thanks for all you and your merry band of brothers/sisters do.

  • HawkVision

    As always, great wrap, Sam. I knew my tears would come as well, and just like the last two, they didn’t come until Toews raised it…it’s ours. I was holding my daughter (now 5yrs old) at the time, who got a chance to sit in the Cup as an infant back in July 2010 in Madison (thanks, Adam Burish!) and when she said “There’s the Stanley Cup, Daddy! I sat in that!” then the tears continued. What a time this is, what a time indeed.

  • ‘hawks58

    Wow, I don’t even know what to say. That was something else. Just goes to show that you can’t count out Toews, Kane, Keith, Seabrook, and Co. until the last bit of dirt has been shoveled on the grave.

    When Coburn’s stick broke, everything went in slow motion. Saad bursting past Kucherov to create a potential 2 on 1 with Kane; Richards finding a burst of speed to join the play that I didn’t think he had anymore; once Richards received the drop pass, I was screaming for him to hit Kaner, who was cocked and locked but I feared out of Richards’ vision; the serene no-look pass; and the explosion the followed. I don’t even think I saw the puck hit the back of the net, you just knew Kane wouldn’t miss if the puck found him there.

  • bigtreina

    Elation. Its unbelievable. Never doubt these guys. Ever.

  • Matt

    This year had three top centers and one of the (if not THE) best fourth line center in the game. Ridiculous depth, ridiculous top four defensive talent. The top coach in the game and arguably the top playoff goalie of the last three years.

    Hell of a run. Proud to be a fan. Happy to have been a reader this year. Keep up the great work.

    • Sam

      My sweater this time around is #16

  • unkind

    thanks again sam and everyone else!! another great season!

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian
  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    Time to enjoy the warm fuzzy feeling, at least until July 1, when the purge comes. At least it won’t be as bad as 2010.

  • Cluster_Puck

    Great stories on Kimmo and Vermette, but man it must suck to be Ben Smith today.

    • Sam

      Yeah Ive thought of that too this post season. But it comforts me to know these cats are his friends and they’ll be tossing back some beers together this summer, hell he may even get to hang with the cup at some point.

      • GoldenJet

        I thought about Ben too last night. He is a class act…but by moving him the Hawks had room to bring up Teuvo…and his replacement, Desjardiniera, was really solid in the playoffs. Still, woulda been nice to see Ben’s name on the Cup.

        • BrandonPirri

          I’m sure he’s bummed out, but remember Ben Smith played an SCF game in 2013 when Marian Hossa had to miss a game due to his back. So, he’s on there already.

          • Matt

            Don’t names go on if you played 41 regular season games? He might get on there anyway.

          • BrandonPirri

            Yep. I guess he’ll make it on there twice. Good for Ben Smith.

          • GoldenJet

            I was thinking of that too…thought that him being on a different team might trump that. Hmmm.

        • Sandtrap33

          Ben’s name is on the cup from 2013. A very solid player.

    • ZigZags82

      Not sure if Hawks win Cup with Ben Smith considering the close games. Every player mattered. Desi’s not the most skilled guy but he just added a different dimension.

  • ‘hawks58

    Also wanted to say two things.

    First of all, a sincere thank you to Fels, McClure, and Co. We may not always agree with you, but your insight is always entertaining and sometimes even educational 🙂

    Secondly, I don’t care about the two 2nd round picks for Timonen anymore, the loss of two potential prospects was more than worth seeing him hoist the Cup and hearing how Kane’s goal brought tears to his eyes. He may have not been able to hold up when Rozy went down, but a class player who got the championship he deserved.

    • Andrew Heitman

      Perhaps the two picks are karmic compensation for doing a solid to a war horse of the league who deserved this years ago.

    • cza

      And he had an important behind-the-scene role as Teuvo whisperer.

  • Bob in EP

    Steve Stamkos is still in bed with the covers pulled over his head.

    • Cluster_Puck

      Yeah, I heard he passed out when his head hit the bed post.

      • Hags

        great effort here. hahaha

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      Every time he closes his eyes, he sees Crow, staring him down.

      • Peter Turner

        “One day you will score…”
        “But against the Hawks…”

        Yeah I know that’s the Raven but whatever…

  • Bob Lanz

    I’m crying reading this. It means so much to so many of us. I love that you created this place that feels like family, with your family and friend . Thank you and thank you Hawks

    I fucking love Rocky

  • Jon Fromi

    I’ve lived through the Bears lone season at the pinnacle in the mid 80’s as well as a White Sox WS title that was arguably as difficult (for me, not necessarily for the whole of Chicago) to grasp as it was happening as 2010 was when the Hawks finished Philadelphia. Life experience has given me a very real sense of how difficult it is to win one championship, let alone three. (Stick tap for the Sting for a pair of NASL crowns, lest we forget.)

    The alignment required to navigate the postseason and come out on top can blow your mind if you spend too many late nights thinking about it.

    At some point, this run is going to come to a close. Sooner (?) or later
    (hopefully), we’re going see the end of Camelot. All good things, as they say…

    Much like the Bulls of the 90s, the Blackhawks have arrived at that place where we fall into the danger of taking a stretch of success like this for granted. Don’t. Part of being a fan is coming to the conclusion that it ain’t always rainbows and sunshine. That said, it’s going to be pretty sweet to sit back and let the deluge (appropriate for recent weather) of accomplishment flow from this third cup and all over town.

    Props to Sam and the CI crew for another great year of sorting through another memorable season. Thanks for letting me be a small, weekly part of the landscape.

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      Indeed. Been a fan of the Hawks since I discovered hockey in 1972. Been a fan of the Cubs since 1958, and the Bears since 1966.

      This is a golden age. The cap was supposed to prevent this. This team is truly special, and will be a model franchise for decades.

  • Jim

    You thought it couldn’t get any better? How about the St. Louis Cardinals being investigated by the FBI for corporate espionage?

    A Cup, and now baseball’s Brotherhood of Dada, the sworn blood enemies of Chicago baseball, brethren of River Scum taken down? All on the same day?

    What vortex of sports reality have we now entered?

  • Oldfarthawkfan

    Q is now 18-1 in games 5-7 of the playoffs as coach of the Hawks, and has not lost a series with the team tied at 2-2. I guess he is not quite the idiot that some on here make him out to be.

    • Matt

      This, so much. I thought that except for Game 3 against the Ducks and a little bit of Game 4 this round (both of which he quickly re-corrected) his coaching was masterful in these playoffs.

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      He has his weaknesses (guys like Bollig), but there is no arguing with the stats. Likewise, there is no arguing with what StanBo did shoring this team up once he had the cap space after Kane’s injury.

      Both will end up in the HOF, Q on the first ballot.

      • Oldfarthawkfan

        Agree, he does not walk on water without getting the bottom of his feet wet, but some on here had the narrative that Mike Quade could of done a better job.

  • jordyhawk

    Winning is the mostest funnest. But now everyone is a fan. I can take more winning, but I also miss the days when the Indian Head made you stand out. And I loved it even more when it was worn by assorted movie misfits (John Candy in Summer rental, Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold, Wayne and Garth).

    It’s gotten awfully corporate and I guess that’s the price of success. So I’m happy to share but if you missed out on the low points (and there were a lot of them) you haven’t gotten the the total experience (including 71 if you were around for that). I wouldn’t trade any of it for anything.

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      “It’s gotten awfully corporate and I guess that’s the price of success.”

      No, that is the reality of the 21st century.

      • DJ

        Everyone’s logo has become corporatized. In this case, all we can do is comport ourselves in a manner that honors the logo and its namesake, Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak.

    • ItNeverEnds

      I agree on a lot of what you’re saying. Leaners and people who dont wait for the whistle can be frustrating for me.When i was a kid playing hockey in the 80’s & 90’s it’s all i ever wamted to do was play hockey and turn people on to hockey, because to me hockey players were always the best of alll the sports. They are grounded, giving, and real. I’ve seen it go from a fringe sport to where it is today & i wouldnt trade any of it either, cuz i was always trying to convert some people to the sport as far back as i can remember.

    • ‘hawks58

      I have been a Chiefs fan all of my life, I was lucky enough to become a Hawks fan when I moved to the Chicago area in 2006 and started going to Wolves/Hawks games.

      I am extremely lucky to be able to enjoy the successes of this group of players, but I know disappointment and failure and sticking with a team through the worst of times (which for the Chiefs has been my entire life, save for the still disappointing 90s when they had one of the best regular season records of the decade but still couldn’t win in the playoffs).

      This inability of long-time fans to accept new fans of the team/sport need to end. We all want the same thing, for the Blackhawks to entertain and dominate. Stop treating us like we are different.

      • jordyhawk

        Take a pill.

  • Oldfarthawkfan

    Hey Kevin Hayes, too bad you didn’t have the balls to try and earn a spot with the Hawks. Keep enjoying the bright lights of Broadway.

    • Matt

      Totally agree… but damn, it would have been nice to have him next year.

      • Oldfarthawkfan

        Don’t think Q would of played him. Remember when the “rumors’ of Jeremy Morin not willing to pay the price? And you hear about the dedication that the Hawks players have to winning, including off the ice? The core has set a high bar to be a Hawk, and the results speak for themselves. Kevin Hayes can go back to pissing in stairwells, I don’t care how may points he gets.

        • jordyhawk

          If only he had just pissed.

        • Shooter

          It would’ve been a tough road, but I think he would’ve gotten looks. Morin isn’t the same caliber player as hayes is.

          That being said, if you get drafted by the best team in the league and are offered a contract to be a part of them, but you get butthurt and want to chase the money…well F you then buddy, and I completely agree…enjoy the bright lights.

          The hawks have created a great culture (not as much for prospects) but for people who want to work hard and win. Tuevo was in the dog house more often than not…and guess what he got to do last night! 🙂

          • Shooter

            I should clarify “chase the money…and immediate playing time”

  • Oldfarthawkfan

    Remember when Borje Salming and Inge Hammerstrom first came into the league as the first Swede’s, and everyone labeled them as soft. You won’t find any hockey players tougher than our Swedes, Oduya, Hammer, Kruger

    • jordyhawk

      I loved Oduya’s reaction after he got nailed last night. Just pissed. There was just something about it that you knew there was no price he wouldn’t be willing to pay. You’re right–they are all nails.

  • Robert

    Thanks for all you do guys. You make this special. Go Hawks.

  • Brandon Murray

    Thanks boys for everything you do on the corner of the UC and on this thing we call the interweb.The recaps, the analysis, the rants, the praise, and the comments from all of us. Your site makes it fun for “old” Hawks fans like those of us creeping up on 40 (well maybe not old because I saw a 40 year old lift the Cup last night) sound cool around all the 20 somethings.

    It was a magical ride this season and while the one in 2010 will always be special and the one in 2013 was wire to wire, for some reason this one feels better than them all. I am generally a humble fan (living in St. Louis for the last 10 years will do that to you, God I need a new job and a relocation) this morning it felt INCREDIBLE to run into Target in the same stinky Under Armour Hawks t-shirt that I wore for every home playoff game this season (never washed it) and my Old Time Hockey Hawks hat (that I have had for 6 years and actually had to pay a seamstress this season to sew the snapback piece back in because it is my favorite hat and I have bought 6 to 8 to try and replace it but finally just paid $10 to get it stitched back together because your favorite hat never goes out of style.

    Anyway, as I strolled through Target, the legions of meatball Blues fans giving me dirty looks and staring with envy was just priceless. I love this site. I love the city of Chicago, and I love these Mother-Effing Chicago Blackhawks. Looking forward to the commemorative issue, the t-shirts, and a summer of good times. Thanks to everyone who makes this possible!

  • Hockey.

    I love this blog and the Chicago Blackhawks.

    • Tony Punko

      I only stumbled onto this blog yesterday…just to kill some nervous pregame time at work, and already I LOVE IT!!! Very professionally done! I also happen to work for a chain of newspapers, and this site is just as good, if not BETTER, than most of the sites for our papers! Then again, when you start with the best kinda subject matter, and keep going upwards, excellence follows…hmmm?…JUST LIKE OUR BLACK HAWKS!!!

  • Peter Turner

    I’m not usually vindictive in nature but seeing JVR posting congrats to his little brother reminded me of Kevin Hayes not signing with the Hawks and led to me thinking about that scene in Pretty Woman when Julia Roberts says to the Shop assistant: “Big mistake. Big. Huge!”

    • mortysalos

      hey, kevin hayes wanted to play for a runner-up instead of a champ. let him wallow in that.

      • GoldenJet

        Part of me really wanted Hawks vs Rangers just so he could get his nose rubbed in it.

    • denislemieux

      He obviously thought he’d get more pt in New York. Why would we want someone lacking the self-confidence (read stones) they could crack the Hawks lineup playing here? Kevin didn’t believe enough in himself and didn’t like how his brother was treated. Thirty days, next case.

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    No game, no stress, just sitting here with a warm fuzzy feeling drinking a victory scotch. Cheers.

  • B.I.G. Forever

    The NHL has systematically crushed all hopes of a dynasty in the modern era via the hard cap. Our Chicago BlackHawks have defied odds and physics to win 3 in 6. It’s really nothing short of a miracle.

    Make no mistake my Indian friends – we are living in a hockey renaissance.

    I, myself, have had Chelsea Dagger and Keys to City blaring through my home for the last 72 hours.

    Have fun at the parade. Kudos to Mr. Fels and Co. for another great season.

    God Bless Rocky Wirtz