All signs pointed to a successful Hawks campaign at the start of last season, with a healthy crew of young talent and the addition of Marian Hossa. The team came close to the Cup the year before and proved it was worthy of more than an eyebrow-raise. Even still, it’s not like Chicago expected its first championship in forty-nine years. Coach Q brought Cup glory back to the city with a team led by ferocious players who just happen to look like they could still be in high school. After Patrick Kane’s overtime goal in Game Six against the Flyers, when the city took to the street in celebration, car horns blaring, cheers echoing down Western, Ashland, Damen, we were one again, in a way we haven’t been since Michael Jordan wore 23. With the departure of many of the Hawks’ key players from the 2009-2010 season, an injury to Hossa that will keep him out for a few weeks, and a tough, tough Red Wings team to deal with, Coach Q has an even harder road this year. We think he’s up to the challenge.
Best of Chicago 2010