My Father was born in Ann Arbor and he moved to Chicago where he met my Mother and I was born in 1965. Although we shared a love for the Wolverines he was never happy that I was a fan of the Blackhawk’s. We argued over the fact that the Red Wings had the second best looking uni in hockey behind the Hawks. We argued that the Wings had the leagues second best fan base behind the Hawks. We argued about Octopi on the ice and making to much noise during the Star Spangled Banner. I miss watching hockey with the old man almost as much as his company watching Michigan football.
That being said this thread is for all the Wolverine fans who live in Chicago that root for the Hawks and have never seen the Stanley Cup grace Chicago. The Blackhawk’s are the best team that remains in these playoffs. They have too much speed for the Sharks and the Hawks defense and penalty kill makes the rookie Neimi that much better as he gains more confidence with every game. The Hawks will bring the Lord's Stanley Cup to Chicago for the first time in many of our lifetimes.
Most importantly is that as awful an owner as Bill Wirtz once was to the organization his son Rocky has been and will remain all the difference. Team policies, the front office, television rights and the repair of relationships with all time great Blackhawk’s have completely reversed the tide and turned the Blackhawk’s into a high profile organization.
As incredible as this year has been and as sweet as this Championship will be Blackhawk’s fans should be just as excited that we stand on the precipice of an infancy of greatness where we get to enjoy a decade or even longer this new era of winning.
As much as I love you all as my Wolverine brethren I wish you nothing but great angst and the gnashing of teeth as these Blackhawk's torture your souls.