Blackhawks on quest for the cup

Aleks Stobbe, Contributing Writer

The Chicago Blackhawks are starting to become their own winning dynasty. It all started with their 1st Stanley cup victory in 49 years during the 2010 season led by Coach Joel Quenneville with a regular season record 52-22-8. Also by 21 year olds Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, along with key free agent pickup Marian Hossa. After the 2010 season the Blackhawks went over the salary cap so they had to release some very key players to get money back. Players like Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd, Goaltender Antti Niemi, and Kris Versteeg who were key contributors to winning the 2010 cup. They all had to be either traded so the Hawks could go back under the salary cap.

It took two years to rebuild around the core veteran players to get back to the Stanley Cup. In the 2012-2013 season the Chicago Blackhawks won their second Stanley Cup in 4 years. Defeating the Boston Bruins in six games in a hard fought series, where the Blackhawks came back from a deficit with only minutes left to snatch the cup from Boston in the TD Garden. Their regular season record for 2013 with the shortened season was 36-7-5, capturing the best regular season record of all the NHL teams.

Going into the 2013-2014 season the Hawks organization did not plan on getting rid of the supporting players who won the Hawks the cup like the 2010 season. They resigned them because they knew that they didn’t have time to rebuild because, they knew they have another chance to capture the cup once again. Doing the impossible in hockey and repeat. Winning two consecutive Stanley Cups is very uncommon in the NHL. Getting the right players to jell on and off the ice sometimes takes years to accomplish something like that. Winning the Stanley Cup one year is one of the most difficult things to do in sports. For the Hawks to possibly do something like that again, while still keeping a young core of players will keep the future bright. They are becoming a consistent winning dynasty and have the chance to change the game of hockey forever.