I woke up and looked out my window. 81 Hall of fame class of 2020 Marian Hossa hockey player 1996-2017 signature shirt There was snow everywhere. The 100-foot tall giant TV antenna Dad installed was on its side. The April blizzard had knocked the TV antenna down. How were we going to watch Chicago Blackhawks home games in the Stanley Cup playoffs? The only way to watch the Blackhawks on TV was picking up a signal from an out of town station located across Lake Michigan. That was out of the question with the TV antenna down. That was the world (or at least Chicago) as it was in 1971. The Blackhawks were big in Chicago back then. Especially with young kids like me. We played hockey in the backyard during the winter. I still remember knocking Russell’s front tooth out with my stick. Sorry, big brother. Then Bill Wirtz, the stingy owner of the Blackhawks, wouldn’t pay The Golden Jet the money he deserved. Hull left for greener pastures, and the Blackhawks went into a long, long nosedive.
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Successful teams like the Blackhawks have to shed top talent. 81 Hall of fame class of 2020 Marian Hossa hockey player 1996-2017 signature shirt General Manager Stan Bowman traded winger Brandon Saad Tuesday because the team couldn’t meet Saad’s salary demands. Bowman wished Saad well and then said, “This is a business.” My Dad took Russell and me to the game. The Blackhawks dominated play, but the game was tied 2-2 going into sudden-death overtime. Bobby Hull won the game on a slap shot off a face-off. The Blackhawk fans gave New York goalie Eddie Giacomin a standing ovation after the game for his outstanding play. I still get goosebumps thinking about it. Going back to my Blackhawks, that’s what Rocky did when he took control of the team. He hired John McDonough as President shortly after he took over. Then McDonough hired Joel Quenneville as a coach and the rest is history.