2009: lost conference finals: 99 games played
2010: won Cup: 102 games played
2011: lost 1st round: 89 games played
2012: lost 1st round: 88 games played
2013: won Cup: 71 games played (strike shortened season)
2014: lost conference finals: 97 games played
2015: won Cup: 105 games played
2016: lost 1st round: 89 games played
Throw in a dozen Olympic games and that is a ton of hockey on your body over 8 years. And there is the World Cup of Hockey returning this year. I am okay with the Hawks stars getting out a month sooner for some R&R so they can come back and destroy the NHL come October. Though, there is still a parts of me that finds it hurting a bit.
|Screw you, Riccchet Rabbit.|
I'll start with some of the Sox that were in the set. Eight total Hometown Heroes cards were in the package. I believe it was a complete White Sox set, and I'll take that. Amazing how Panini shopped every uniform to the black/white motif, including Seaver in the 80's pajamas and Ozzie in the early 90's script - neither which had any black.
Good mix of Hawks within. A very sweaty and smurfy Chelios is besides that Full Force Toews. I hope Full Force goes cheap in the summer. It's not worth the price, but a huge price break and I would buy a box. Not sure on that picture on the Fleer Retro.
Some day I will start a Hawks collection of autographs from players with their name on the Cup. Every so often I search ebay for players and pick up cheap ones here and there. The sweater doesn't matter - just the ink. I think I have maybe 10 right now. I should get moving on it. So Bolland is a nice card to receive. Baun was an undrafted pickup by the Hawks. Quiet past season in Rockford, so we'll see if he can crack the roster come October.
I knew of one card from this mailing. DJ gave me a warning before shipping, and I was pretty excited to receive it.
A) Champs - greatest set ever
B) Blackhawks - greatest team ever
C) Kane - first American to win the Art Ross
This ranks up there as one of the best cards I have received. I am so thankful for all the Mets hits I pull and send to DJ, because I feel like all of them have lowered me to only "owing" 99% for this card, instead of full 100%. Now I only need a few thousand more Met and Ottawa hits to make up for this. And I can put my goal on a Toews auto. Thanks for the mailing DJ.
I'm off to St. Louis and fix the angle on the inside of the posts.