The Friday Five: Dedicated to Blackhawks
With a slew of legendary current and former Blackhawks, it's no wonder that their successes have been recognized in the names of lakes, ice rinks, streets and more. On the heels of former Blackhawk Jerry "King Kong" Korab's street dedication ceremony, we bring you five places and items that celebrate noteworthy figures in Blackhawks history.
1. Toews Lake in Manitoba
|The Google Maps satellite view of Toews Lake.
After helping Team Canada win a gold medal in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, captaining the Chicago Blackhawks to their first Stanley Cup in 49 years and earning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Stanley Cup Playoffs' most valuable player, Jonathan Toews was humbled and honored to have a lake named in his honor. The lake, roughly a mile and a half long and a mile wide, is located 12 hours north of Winnipeg. Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger said that Toews' on-ice accomplishments and off-ice demeanor made him the perfect candidate for the honor.
2. Bobby Hull Community Ice Rink in Cicero, Ill.
Blackhawks legend and Team Ambassador Bobby Hull's influence on the sport of hockey in Chicago took concrete form when he had an ice rink named after him in 2011. The Bobby Hull Community Ice Rink was built in Cicero, Ill., as a way to give back to the community and encourage more children to participate in the game of hockey.
"This is a great rink for the kids," said Hull at the dedication ceremony. "It will get them off the streets—not only building them physically, [but] playing hockey is mental and builds character."
3. Troy Murray Arena in St. Albert, Alberta
Troy Murray Arena (also called Servus Credit Union Place) opened in 1992 in St. Albert, Alberta, and is named after the former Frank J. Selke Award winner and current Blackhawks radio color analyst. The 15-year NHL veteran was a member of the St. Albert Saints hockey team before being drafted in the third round (51st overall) in the 1980 NHL Draft. Fellow Alberta native and Hall of Famer Mark Messier shares a rink within the same complex.
4. The James Norris Memorial Trophy
|Duncan Keith won the Norris Trophy following the 2009-10 campaign. (Photo by Getty Images).
The James Norris Memorial Trophy, first awarded in 1954, is an annual award given to the defenseman who demonstrates throughout the regular season the greatest all-round ability in the position. The trophy is named in honor of James E. Norris, one of the original owners of the Chicago Stadium and owner of the Detroit Red Wings from 1932 to 1952. After Frederic McLaughlin, the original owner of the Blackhawks, passed away in 1944, Norris helped put together the group, led by Bill Tobin, who purchased the Chicago franchise. Norris' son, James D. Norris, served as chairman of the Blackhawks when the team won the Stanley Cup in 1961.
5. "Stan Mikita's Donuts" in Aurora, Ill.
|Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures
Were you to drive around Aurora in search of Stosh's legendary shop, you would be disappointed: Stan Mikita's Donuts only exists in the fictionalized version of the city seen in the "Wayne's World" movies.
Blackhawks Ambassador and NHL Hall of Famer Stan Mikita might be best known to a young generation of moviegoers not as a hockey legend, but as a star of “Wayne’s World” and “Wayne’s World 2,” the 1992 and 1993 comedies featuring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey. The coffee shop, an homage to the real-life Tim Horton's franchise based in Canada, is the backdrop for several scenes in the films, and features a 12-foot Stan Mikita statue in full Blackhawks gear on the roof. While this donut shop may not be real, it's certainly an honor worthy of The Friday Five.
To learn more about Stan Mikita's Donuts, read this article from the January 2009 edition of Blackhawks Magazine!