This is Bobby Hull. The defender is Bert Marshall and the other Oakland Seal in photo is Gary Jarrett. The Hawks teams of the 1960′s and 1970′s were wonderful to watch and Chicago had a nice group of young guns about 1990 or so, but it’s been a tough run for Chicago fans overall since the Golden Jet left a vapor trail when leaving town in 1972.
I think the Hawks are a team that could go deep this spring, but they’re going to have to be healthy and get secondary scoring.
Dennis Hull was quality secondary scoring. Boasting a shot that may have been harder than his more famous brother, Hull could do some things (of course, he was often checked a little closer than a Guy Lafleur–in helmet–is doing here) and had some big years in Chi-town.
Chicago is a hockey town (at least a little) once again. The Chicago players I enjoy watching most are the kid Toews and Duncan Keith, who might just be perfect.
I don’t know a lot about what’s out there between now and 2020, but I do know that the collective future on this edition of the Chicago Blackhawks is mind-blowing. The last time the Hawks won the Stanley, they were led by a bunch of kids (Robert Hull was 21, Stan Mikita was 20, even Glenn Hall was only 28). They may not win it this season, but their day is coming.
The Oilers were impressive in Denver, and since they’re pretty much a .500 club this year (34-36) one would expect an L tonight. The smart play is to rest Roloson and save him for the Minny game, but my bet would be MacT sleeps on it and decides to roll out Methuselah one more time.