Fans Choice Awards Revealed: Best Newcomer/Best Kane Shootout
Last week, chicagoblackhawks.com asked fans to vote on the best of 2011-12 in the annual Fans Choice Awards. This week, the Blackhawks fans’ picks will be revealed in all nine on- and off-ice categories.
Although there were several notable newcomers in 2011-12, Andrew Shaw ran away with the fan vote, taking nearly 70 percent.
Few saw this level of success coming this quickly, if at all, for Shaw, who was passed over in two NHL Drafts before being selected in the fifth round in 2011 by Chicago. After 28 games at the American Hockey League level, Shaw moved up and became a spark for the Blackhawks’ bottom six, matching his AHL output (11G, 12A) in 37 games with Chicago. Not only was he an offensive factor, but his four fighting majors and willingness to battle along the boards despite his smaller frame made him an instant fan favorite.
Suffice it to say, if he keeps up this level of play, Shaw will be a Blackhawk for a long time to come. And that’s a #ShawFact.
One of the Blackhawks’ earliest national television appearances this season was one with major implications: it pitted the Blackhawks, who were running second in the Western Conference, against the top-ranked Minnesota Wild in primetime.
With the score deadlocked at 3-3 following overtime, and with the Blackhawks a goal up in the shootout, Patrick Kane had a chance to put the game away for the visiting team, and he did with a stunning display of stickhandling.