Despite the pomp and circumstance before the game, the Blackhawks came out focused in their season opener.
In Wednesday's edition of Hawks Headlines, we take a look at what the season has in store for Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, as well as what the raising of the Hawks' latest championship banner to the rafters of the United Center means to the team both on the ice and off.
- Brandon Bollig scored his first career regular season goal on Tuesday night, but it’s just the icing on the cake of the progression that he has made during this offseason and training camp with the Hawks. [CSN Chicago]
- With the Hawks’ season underway, Paul Banks has a team in mind that will potentially provide the Hawks their biggest challenge in their attempt to repeat. [The Sports Bank]
- At only 25 years of age, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews already has two Stanley Cup titles, an Olympic gold medal, and a Conn Smythe Trophy to his credit, and Steve Rosenbloom has some thoughts on where all of those accomplishments leave Toews in the pantheon of great Chicago athletes. [Chicago Tribune]
- If Patrick Kane wants to win the Art Ross Trophy this season as the leading scorer in the league (he finished five points out of that title last season), then he is going to have to up his production on the power play, writes Mark Lazerus. [Chicago Sun-Times]
- Patrick Sharp is always an interesting interview, and the “Five Questions” column he did with the Hawks’ website is no exception. [Blackhawks.com]
- Toews and Kane may have already won two Cups during their tenure with the Hawks, but as Tim Sassone writes, they are hungry for more. [Daily Herald]
- Finally, there have been a ton of stories written about the significance surrounding the Hawks’ raising of their championship banner to the rafters of the United Center on Tuesday night, but Brian Hedger’s take on it was especially interesting. [NHL.com]