Every NHL coach will agree that getting a season off to a fast start will go a long way in determining success. Certainly there is no better example than the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, who set a league record last season by picking points in their first 24 contests with a 21-0-3 mark.
The Chicago Blackhawks presented players and executives with the 2013 Stanley Cup championship rings on Sunday evening at a lavish reception downtown JW Marriott hotel. This year's version presents a slightly more squarish shape, with tapered rubies drawing attention to the diamond-filled Indianhead logo at the center of the design. Here's how the two most recent championship rings compare:
The Stanley Cup arrived back in Chicago this morning, freshly inscribed with the names of the 2012-13 champion Blackhawks. Beginning with captain Jonathan Toews, 25 players were stamped into the silver chalice by Montreal-based engraver Louise St. Jacques. The playing roster was preceded by the names of 27 coaches, front office executives and hockey operations personnel. Included in the final list of 52 names were:
- Brandon Bollig: 25 games, five playoff appearances (the minimum requirement for the shortened season was 23 regular-season games or one Stanley Cup Final appearance)
- Sheldon Brookbank: 27 regular-season games, one playoff appearance
- Daniel Carcillo: 23 games, four playoff appearances
- Ben Smith: one regular-season game, one playoff appearance (Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final)
- Jamal Mayers: 19 regular-season games, no playoff appearances. Players and management petitioned for the 38-year-old to be included on the Cup due to his status as a veteran team leader.
The Blackhawks are back on the cover of Sports Illustrated, this time featuring 2013 Conn Smythe Trophy winner Patrick Kane on the national cover of the magazine hitting newstands soon. In this edition, delve into a comprehensive preview of the 2013-14 season, plus the case for why the Blackhawks will repeat as Stanley Cup champions.
Check out the cover featuring Blackhawks winger Kane in the midst of one of his signature cellys:
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LONDON, Ontario --- Budweiser Gardens is a foreign venue for several Blackhawks prospects, but to Alex Broadhurst, the rink is a second home.
After two years with the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League, the New Lenox, Ill., native spent his first campaign in the Ontario Hockey League with the London Knights, tenants of Budweiser Gardens. Broadhurst was productive in his first outing with the Knights, recording 63 points (23G, 40A) in 65 regular-season games. He also ranked second on the team with 28 points (10G, 18A) in 21 postseason contests en route to London’s 2013 Robertson Cup championship win.
It's back pic.twitter.com/YZd7OmR61J— Bryan Bickell (@bbicks29) August 27, 2013
Bryan Bickell took the Stanley Cup on a tour of his hometown, Orono, Ont.
|The Blackhawks celebrate after clinching the Stanley Cup for the second time on April 12, 1938.|
I don't know of anyone who is still around that was at the Chicago Stadium in 1934 and 1938 to see the Blackhawks capture the Stanley Cup on home ice.
While home ice is always preferred as an advantage, the Blackhawks have managed to take home Lord Stanley's trophy the last three times in enemy territory: 1961, 2010 and 2013. In fact, in the last six years, Los Angeles was the only team to win the Cup on home ice when they ousted New Jersey in six games.