The Chicago Blackhawks made a big deal of finally televising home games, beginning on Sunday night with their 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings. The package of seven games was the result of the team and Comcast coming to an accord after adamant resistance under late owner
While touting the televising of local sporting events seems oh-so-quaint in this day and age of instantaneous access to all things extraneous, it is significant as it pertains to the Blackhawks franchise. It's not so much in the decision to finally do so as it is in the timing. It couldn't be better. For the first time in an awfully long period, the Blackhawks have the foundation to be a viable team for quite a while.
Fifteen years ago the Blackhawks assembled an exciting team that went to the Stanley Cup Finals. They were equal parts proven veterans and brash young talent led by
Not so now. Chicago boasts two of the brightest teen-stars-in the-making in
Two more young players,
Regardless, the journey is now one of excitement rather than embarrassment. That is a good thing for the Blackhawks and the NHL. To have an Original Six franchise marginalized for so long in one of the top U.S. markets hasn't helped the league. And as former Blackhawk, Chicago native son and current TV analyst
Interestingly, Olczyk, Savard and GM
For the Blackhawks of today, the term "High Definition" truly takes on a dual meaning.
This is the week that the NHL acknowledges its rich tradition with the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Nov. 12. Entering the Hall this year are players
More than that, though, this class wasn't merely part of Cup-winning teams. This quartet
Speaking of Hall of Famers, future inductee