The party is officially over!
Welcome to a new season of Chicago Blackhawks hockey and welcome to being the defending Stanley Cup Champions. While the city may have been spoiled with the Chicago Bulls two three-peats, defending a Stanley Cup could be the hardest trophy to defend in professional sports. It has been 12 years since the last back to back Stanley Cup Champion (Detroit 1997-1998), each of the remaining three major sports have had at least one back to back champion in their respective sport since then. The 82 game schedule of a NHL season is much more difficult than any other sport as far as the physicality of it and the dealing with the mental portion of playing in towns where the home team barely has a home ice advantage with small crowds and little fanfare. Face it, the NHL is still the NHL even with one of the Original Six teams winning Lord Stanley's Cup.
Although the memories of the 2009-2010 Chicago Blackhawks are still implanted in our brains from the final goal by Patrick Kane to the parade/party that lasted all summer long, are the expectations we put on this re-worked/re-done Blackhawks roster too high? Do the Chicago Blackhawks themselves need a reality check, or do we?
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