Hawks present Hockey Hall with 2013 Stanley Cup ring
BY MARK LAZERUS Staff Reporter December 14, 2013 11:48PM
MAPLE LEAFS 7,
BLACKHAWKS 1 1 1 — 3
Toronto 1 4 2 — 7
First Period—1, Toronto, Holland 4 (Lupul, Raymond), 7:14 (pp). 2, HAWKS, Kane 18 (Hossa, Keith), 16:14 (pp). Penalties—Versteeg, HAWKS (tripping), 1:52; Shaw, HAWKS (tripping), 6:03; Kostka, HAWKS (delay of game), 7:24; Holland, Tor (slashing), 14:43; Raymond, Tor (tripping), 15:45.
Second Period—3, Toronto, D’Amigo 1 (Kulemin, Gunnarsson), :42. 4, Toronto, Holland 5 (Raymond, Lupul), 12:09. 5, HAWKS, Kane 19 (Hjalmarsson), 13:30. 6, Toronto, Kulemin 4 (McClement, D’Amigo), 14:36. 7, Toronto, Lupul 9 (Gardiner, Raymond), 17:08 (pp). Penalties—Shaw, HAWKS (tripping), 15:34.
Third Period—8, Toronto, Lupul 10 (Holland, Raymond), :28. 9, HAWKS, Saad 12 (Leddy, Toews), 7:38. 10, Toronto, Kessel 17 (Kadri, Gunnarsson), 8:35. Penalties—None.
Shots on Goal—HAWKS 11-10-7—28. Toronto 11-14-7—32.
Power-play opportunities—HAWKS 1 of 2; Toronto 2 of 4.
Goalies—HAWKS, Raanta 5-1-1 (25 shots-20 saves), Simpson (0:00 third, 7-5). Toronto, Bernier 10-10-2 (28-25).
Referees—Greg Kimmerly, Tim Peel. Linesmen—Andy McElman, Mark Shewchyk.
A—19,603 (18,819). T—2:30.
Kings at Blackhawks
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Updated: January 16, 2014 7:10AM
TORONTO — There’s a room tucked away in a corner of the Hockey Hall of Fame that spotlights some of the great dynasties in NHL history: the 1940s Maple Leafs, the 1950s Red Wings, the 1970s
Canadiens and the 1980s Islanders, among others.
The Blackhawks are a long way from getting their own panel in the exhibit, but they’re making a run at being the team of the 2010s, a point driven home when they donated a 2013 Stanley Cup ring to the Hall in a brief ceremony Saturday attended by dozens of fans.
The Hawks already have an
exhibit at the Hall with mementos from the Stanley Cup Final last spring: the stick Dave Bolland used to score the game-winning goal,
Corey Crawford’s sweater from Game 6, a stick from Patrick Kane, a helmet from Bryan Bickell, a sock from Brent Seabrook, shorts from Patrick Sharp and skates from Duncan Keith.
On Saturday, the place was overrun with red sweaters as the Hawks provided one more keepsake — a huge, gaudy one this time — for the Hall. President John McDonough was joined by executive vice president Jay Blunk and vice president of hockey operations Al MacIsaac. Jonathan Toews’ parents were there, too, as his name was on the ring presented to the Hall.
‘‘The fun part is being able to share that ring,’’ said McDonough, who spoke at the ceremony and even passed his own ring around to all the fans in attendance. ‘‘They just want to see it.’’
It’s a relatively new tradition for the Hall, which only has the last seven rings in addition to the first (from 1893). But two of those seven have an Indian-head logo on them, and the Hawks are poised to be contenders for years to come.
‘‘We hope we’re back,’’ McDonough said. ‘‘Anytime you get a chance to visit the Hall of Fame [and] it’s a business trip, you know the news is good.’’
McDonough said that it was a
little premature to talk about a third championship in five seasons and that health might be the ultimate deciding factor. But he said he was pleased with the team’s first half, especially with how well the younger players have fit in and adapted to the style — and the
expectations — the Hawks have.
He said that extends to the front office, as the Hawks have managed to lock up most of the team’s core while becoming the only team to win two Cups in the salary-cap era.
‘‘The expectations are always going to be high, the pace is going to be swifter, and we’re on it,’’ McDonough said. ‘‘It’s always a little bit comfortably uncomfortable at the United Center.’’
The Hall brought out the replica Cup for the ceremony, and McDonough — who has seen plenty of it during the last five-plus months — asked permission to give it one last hug, which keeper of the Cup Philip Pritchard granted.
‘‘It never gets old because it’s just remarkable to see other people’s reactions when they’re around it,’’ McDonough said. ‘‘If you could compile every mega-Hollywood
superstar and athlete and every star you could find and put them in one area and [put] the Stanley Cup in the other, I think the Stanley Cup is always going to prevail.’’
The Hawks won’t always prevail, but they’re built to keep winning and maybe even to keep making these occasional ‘‘business trips’’ to the Hall of Fame.
‘‘It’s a little bit surreal,’’ McDonough said. ‘‘But we’re going to continue to take a philosophy of we’re not satisfied. This is a long, long road that we’re on, and we’ve got to continue to get better, progress every day.’’