Chicago Blackhawks Battle for Hockey Gold

March 1, 2010

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Chicago Blackhawks player Jonathan Toews reacts after scoring a goal for Team Canada in Sunday's gold medal game. (AP/Matt Slocum)
In 2004, NHL players went on strike. Sports journalists wondered if anybody cared, or even noticed. The Blackhawks were practically invisible even when they were playing.

The team was mediocre at best, and the club had almost no PR or community outreach. Well: Hockey. Is. Back. Yesterday's gold-medal game was as electrifying a competition as any sports fan could ask for and many of the best moments were provided by players who skate for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Here to talk about the game, the contributions of our hometown heroes and what it means for the future of hockey in the city is Eight Forty-Eight's sports contributor Cheryl Raye Stout.