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A Year in Review: 2013 Chicago Blackhawks

December 31st, 2013 at 2:25 PM
By Andrew McIntyre

'Crowd at the June 28, 2013, Rally for the Stanley Cup Champsion Chicago Blackhawks -- Grant Park Chicago (IL)' photo (c) 2013, Ron Cogswell - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

With today being December 31, tomorrow brings us a new year. A chance to re-write the script or a chance to try and duplicate a good year. 2013 was an eventful year for the Chicago Blackhawks. They set records, won a lot of games, and had fun doing so. As we have reached the end of the year, we thought we would provide a quick recap of some of the important Blackhawks related stories from 2013. 

Here are some 2013 stories regarding the Chicago Blackhawks:

  • Started the 2012-2013 by recording at least one point in 24 straight games, an NHL record
  • Finished the shortened regular season with a record of 36-7-5, good for first in the NHL
  • Signed goaltender Antti Raanta from Finland
  • Defeated the Minnesota Wild in five games in the first round of the playoffs
  • Battled back down 3-1 against the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Semi-Finals and won the series
  • Defeated the Los Angeles Kings in five games in the Western Conference Finals, advancing to the Stanley Cup
  • In Game Six of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins, scored two goals in 17 seconds to win the Stanley Cup
  • Won second Stanley Cup for the second time in four years
  • Patrick Kane was named the Conn Smythe winner for being the most valuable player in the playoffs
  • Held a Championship parade in front of more than two million people
  • Attended the White House for being the 2013 Stanley Cup Champions
  • Lost goaltending coach Stephane Waite to the Montreal Canadiens
  • Signed forward Bryan Bickell to a four-year contract
  • Traded forward Dave Bolland to the Toronto Maple Leafs for three draft picks
  • Traded forward Michal Frolik to the Winnipeg Jets for two draft picks
  • Selected forward Ryan Hartman in the first round (30th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft
  • Agreed to terms with defensemen Nick Leddy and Michal Rozsival and forward Marcus Kruger on two-year contracts
  • Agreed to terms with forward Michal Handzus and goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin on one-year contracts
  • Lost goaltender Ray Emery and forward Viktor Stalberg in free agency
  • Signed Head Coach Joel Quenneville to a three-year contract extension through the 2016-2017 season
  • Named Steve Weeks goaltending coach
  • Agreed to terms with forward Teuvo Teravainen on a three-year contract
  • Agreed to terms with goaltender Corey Crawford on a six-year contract extension through the 2019-2020 season
  • Agreed to terms with defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson on a five-year contract extension through 2018-2019
  • Signed Vice President and General Manager Stan Bowman to a two-year contract extension through 2017-2018
  • Agreed to terms with forward Andrew Shaw on a two-year contract extension
  • Acquired forward Kris Versteeg from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Jimmy Hayes and defenseman Dylan Olsen
  • Agreed to terms with forward Ryan Hartman on a three-year contract
  • Forward Patrick Kane embarks on a 12-game point streak and a 14-game point streak
  • Starting goaltender Corey Crawford goes down with a lower-body injury. Rookie Antti Raanta steps up to the plate
  • Halfway through the 2013-2014 season, have four players in the top 15 in scoring (Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith)
  • Halfway through the 2013-2014 season, Patrick Kane is second in the league with 53 points
  • Halfway through the 2013-2014 season, Duncan Keith is tied for second in assists with 36
  • Avoid Stanley Cup hangover and currently lead the NHL with 63 points, courtesy of a 28-7-7 record

There is so much we could write about, but we felt like these were the main stories of the season. A lot of accomplishments, a lot of excitement and a lot of transactions. So much happened, but the main highlight of the year is simply known as "17 seconds".

Once again, here is the video of the Chicago Blackhawks scoring two goals in 17 seconds during Game Six of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals, ultimately sealing the victory and their second Stanley Cup in four years.

2013 was a spectacular year for the Blackhawks. With 2014 being an Olympic season, some of the players could see even more success in their efforts of winning a Gold Medal for their Country. Let's hope the Blackhawks stay healthy, stay driven, stay focused and exceed everything they accomplished in 2013.

If you think we left out any big stories or want to chime in on one of the moments we mentioned, let us know.

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