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POSTED ON Tuesday, 10.07.2014 / 5:40 PM
By Harvey Wittenberg - Web Contributor / The Blackhawks Blog

When the Blackhawks begin their 88th NHL season in Dallas on Oct. 9, is there any indicator of a successful season? Naturally, there is a lot that can happen between the opener and the schedule's finale in Colorado on April 11.

In 87 seasons, the Hawks have won 66 season openers and qualified for the playoffs 64 times. There's no doubt that the 2013 Stanley Cup champions set the tone, setting a league mark by tallying points in their first 24 games (21-0-3). That campaign began with the Hawks ruining the banner-raising ceremonies for the 2012 champion Kings in Los Angeles. Last year, the Hawks opened at home with a 6-4 victory over Washington.

Recalling the 2013 championship, the playoff comeback against Detroit on Brent Seabrook's overtime goal in Game 7 was only overshadowed by the infamous "17 seconds" triumph in Game 6 in Boston in the last 77 seconds of the game.

While the 2010 season opened on "neutral ice" in Finland with a 4-3 shootout loss to Florida, the championship run the following spring also unfolded in dramatic fashion. Coach Joel Quenneville called Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at the UC against Nashville the turning point—when Patrick Kane scored shorthanded in the closing seconds of regulation to tie the game against the Predators. Then Marian Hossa came out of the penalty box in overtime to score the winner. Kane repeated his heroics in the clinching Game 6 in Philadelphia with his OT goal.

The 1961 champions opened the campaign in a 1-1 tie with Detroit, but with the likes of eventual Hall of Famers Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull, Glenn Hall and Pierre Pilote. they conquered Montreal and Detroit in the playoffs.

The Cinderella 1938 champions barely made the playoffs and had a losing season record, which included being shut out 3-0 in the opener. However, with a rare roster of predominantly American-born players, they knocked off the favored Toronto Maple Leafs in a Final that required them to dress a minor-league goalie in the series opener.

Chicago's first Stanley Cup in 1934 came behind the brilliant goaltending of Charlie Gardiner and a goal in the second overtime by Hal "Mush" March in the clinching game against Detroit. So while winning the season opener is no guarantee of re-capturing the Stanley Cup, I feel that the current Blackhawks roster is very capable of bringing back another championship to Chicago's fans!

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POSTED ON Friday, 09.12.2014 / 10:30 AM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Blackhawks anthem singer Jim Cornelison performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" on the "Colbert Report," celebrating the 200th anniversary of the writing of the United State's national anthem.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 09.02.2014 / 2:35 PM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Bob poses in front of the entrance of the Misawa Air Force Base. (Photo courtesy of Bob Izydorek.)

Imagine being over ten hours ahead of your favorite team during Game 7 of the Western Conference Final. Not ideal.

But Master Sergeant (Ret.) Robert Izydorek is used to it. Stationed in Misawa Air Force Base, in a remote area about 350 miles north of Tokyo, Bob describes the difficulties that come along with being the season ticketholder that has the farthest to travel for a Blackhawks home game.

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POSTED ON Monday, 09.01.2014 / 10:30 AM
By Emerald Gao and Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Matt Carey attacks the net. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/Chicago Blackhawks)

Each summer, dozens of prospects land in Chicago for a week of fitness tests, off-ice workouts and competitive scrimmages. It's a chance not only for Blackhawks brass to evaluate the talent in the system, but also for fans to catch a glimpse of the organization's future. This year, chicagoblackhawks.com polled prospects to find out their favorite hockey player to watch, the person they text the most and more, all in their own words.

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POSTED ON Monday, 09.01.2014 / 10:30 AM
By Emerald Gao and Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Alex Broadhurst pursues the puck during the 2013-14 Rockford campaign. (Photo courtesy of the Rockford IceHogs.)

Each summer, dozens of prospects land in Chicago for a week of fitness tests, off-ice workouts and competitive scrimmages. It's a chance not only for Blackhawks brass to evaluate the talent in the system, but also for fans to catch a glimpse of the organization's future. This year, chicagoblackhawks.com polled prospects to find out their favorite hockey player to watch, the person they text the most and more, all in their own words.

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POSTED ON Monday, 09.01.2014 / 10:30 AM
By Emerald Gao and Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Dylan Sikura fires off a shot at Prospect Camp. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/Chicago Blackhawks.)

Each summer, dozens of prospects land in Chicago for a week of fitness tests, off-ice workouts and competitive scrimmages. It's a chance not only for Blackhawks brass to evaluate the talent in the system, but also for fans to catch a glimpse of the organization's future. This year, chicagoblackhawks.com polled prospects to find out their favorite hockey player to watch, the person they text the most and more, all in their own words.

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POSTED ON Monday, 08.25.2014 / 10:00 AM
By Emerald Gao and Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Michael Paliotta looks on during Prospect Camp. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/Chicago Blackhawks)

Each summer, dozens of prospects land in Chicago for a week of fitness tests, off-ice workouts and competitive scrimmages. It's a chance not only for Blackhawks brass to evaluate the talent in the system, but also for fans to catch a glimpse of the organization's future. This year, chicagoblackhawks.com polled prospects to find out their favorite hockey player to watch, the person they text the most and more, all in their own words.

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POSTED ON Monday, 08.25.2014 / 10:00 AM
By Emerald Gao and Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Carl Dahlstrom advances the puck. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/Chicago Blackhawks)

Each summer, dozens of prospects land in Chicago for a week of fitness tests, off-ice workouts and competitive scrimmages. It's a chance not only for Blackhawks brass to evaluate the talent in the system, but also for fans to catch a glimpse of the organization's future. This year, chicagoblackhawks.com polled prospects to find out their favorite hockey player to watch, the person they text the most and more, all in their own words.

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POSTED ON Monday, 08.25.2014 / 10:00 AM
By Emerald Gao and Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Robin Press attacks the net. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/Chicago Blackhawks)

Each summer, dozens of prospects land in Chicago for a week of fitness tests, off-ice workouts and competitive scrimmages. It's a chance not only for Blackhawks brass to evaluate the talent in the system, but also for fans to catch a glimpse of the organization's future. This year, chicagoblackhawks.com polled prospects to find out their favorite hockey player to watch, the person they text the most and more, all in their own words.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 08.24.2014 / 9:14 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Bill Smith / Chicago Blackhawks

Any Blackhawks fan will tell you just how distinctive the team's logo is, and the rich, long history of Chicago hockey that it represents. Now, The Hockey News' "Post-to-Post" blog has honored the symbol again, rating it the top logo in the NHL.

"We didn’t want history to influence our decisions. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens sit outside the top 10 for that reason. Ranking all the Original Six 1-6 is boring, predictable and doesn’t accomplish what we wanted to do here: reward the best logos, not the longest history," writes THN's Rory Boylen. "Even still, the Chicago Blackhawks stood up to that measurement. The vibrant color combination and the respectful way it honors a WWI battalion and a Native American chief sets this logo apart from the rest. If we handed out the Three Stars of these logo rankings, the Blackhawks logo would be one, two and three."

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