More History to Be Made
It is without question that the Blackhawks current roster will have no less than three future Hall of Fame Members, with Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith and Jonathan Toews all but certain. Patrick Kane should get there as well, provided his recent legal troubles never get beyond speculation, but if he doesn’t, his career will still be one that young wingers model themselves after (apart from the off ice problems, one would hope).
There are few teams that have boasted this kind of top end talent, and managed to keep them together over an extended stretch. In fact, they continue to build with new players that have other teams drooling at the sometimes embarrassingly deep talent pool, especially at wing. Players like Teuvo Teravainen, Artemi Panarin, and Marko Dano have yet to make their mark, but by all accounts their time is coming.
This season, all four potential Hall of Famers should continue to pad their already outrageous resumes, and add some brand new milestones along the way. Who else will join them? Hockey Reference
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Marian Hossa – The Legend is Building
If there is one player on the Blackhawks who should be a lock for the Hall of Fame, it is Marian Hossa. A journeyman, without a Stanley Cup, who made his way to the Chicago Blackhawks fresh off of a Stanley Cup Finals loss, with the Detroit Red Wings. His second loss in as many years (2008 Pittsburgh Penguins). That was 2009, and by the end of that season, Hossa was raising the long coveted trophy over his head for the first time. Since then, he has been instrumental in two more Stanley Cup wins, and a couple more deep play-off runs, as well.
Hossa might be slowing down, but barring an injury, he should be able to reach 500 goals by the end of the season. He is currently at 487 goals, which leaves him just 13 goals away from the milestone. Last season, his numbers declined, but he was still able to reach 22 goals by the end of the regular season. This milestone is attainable for Hossa, as is being the 32nd player in Blackhawks history to reach 350 career points. He is just 9 points away from that milestone.
Whether Hossa gets a nod into the Hall of Fame, or not, he has certainly etched his name onto the list of Blackhawks Legends, of which there have been many. Hockey Reference
Kristi is a long time hockey fan who grew up in, and around hockey rinks across the United States and Canada. A native Chicagoan, Loucks has always been an avid Blackhawks fan. Kristi also covers the Chicago Cubs and writes suspense thrillers, when not covering the Chicago Blackhawks. Follow Kristi on twitter @louckske