The Chicago Blackhawks, have become one of the dominant forces in the NHL. Winning 3 of the last 6 Stanley Cups, the organization is set for the history books. From sharpshooting forwards to rugged defensemen, it is not far’fetched to say that they reload year after year. Although the Blackhawks were eliminated from this years’ Stanley Cup playoffs, they are still making headlines in the hockey world. This year 13 Blackhawks were selected to compete in the World Cup of Hockey. That number equates to around half the active roster.
The World Cup of Hockey is a tournament organized by the NHL where players are selected to represent their respective countries. The tournament is played prior to the NHL pre-season, therefore it does not interfere with the regular season, unlike the IIHF World Cup that is played during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This year’s World Cup is the first time that the tournament has been played since 2004 in which Team Canada was the Champion.
During the original selection on March, 9 Blackhawks were selected to participate however, each team still had to add 7 player to complete their rosters. This is where the next 4 were selected. A comprehensive list of players selected can be viewed below. It’s important to notice that not only were the Blackhawk leaders selected but, youngsters Teuvo Teravainen and Ville Polka were selected to play for team Finland. Both players will be 22 years old by the start of the tournament. Polka making the cut is huge for the Blackhawks, because he will have time to develop his game through international competition even though he hasn’t seen time in the NHL yet. In regards to Teravainen, who has already seen NHL and international competition, he will look to continue growing as a two-way forward as we saw those abilities in Game 1 of the 2015 Finals.
Many critics express the significance of the World Cup because it is a small glimpse of what the Olympics would look like if they were to start today.
“So what does this mean exactly?”, you may ask. This is concrete evidence that the Chicago Blackhawks are alive and well, despite being knocked out of this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs. ESPN will be airing the World Cup of Hockey starting September 17th. “
|Team Canada||Jonathan Toews
|Team USA||Patrick Kane|
|Team Russia||Artem Anisimov
|Team Finland||Teuvo Teravainen
|Team Sweden||Niklas Hjalmarsson
|Team Europe||Marian Hossa
|Team Czech Rep.||Michal Kempny|