they did it.
it for jonathan toews, who led this team through thick and thin all season long.
they did it for patrick kane, who came back from a terrible injury and showed us all what ‘showtime’ truly means.
they did it for corey crawford, who ignored all his critics and dug down deep and made the saves when it really mattered.
they did it for duncan keith, who never slowed down and who never even considered giving less than 100%.
they did it for brent seabrook, who made his presence known in every single shift he played.
they did it for brandon saad, who reminded us that he isn’t the future, because the future is now.
they did it for marian hossa, who graced us with His presence here on earth.
they did for patrick sharp, who kept the mood light and never failed impress.
they did it for niklas hjalmarsson, who selflessly gave himself up and saved the day on countless occasions.
they did it for brad richards, who worked endlessly and finally got a chance to win again.
they did it for antione vermette, who proved himself to anyone who ever doubted him and made some hella good plays while doing it.
they did it for johnny oduya, who gave it his all, night in, night out, and skated like his life depended on it every single game.
they did it for andrew shaw, who was never afraid to get in someone’s face and who added endless laughs and smiles to the season.
they did it for marcus kruger, who killed as many penalties as was humanly possible and quietly set up numerous plays and goals that led to wins.
they did it for bryan bickell, who tried as hard as he possibly could to meet everyone’s expectations and never, ever gave up.
they did it for kris versteeg, who never lost hope and was always excited and ready to contribute in any way he possibly could.
they did it for scott darling, who proved everyone wrong and inspired us all by sharing his story and finally winning his uphill battle.
they did it for teuvo teravainen, who proved that he can play in the nhl and was the most perfect little cinnamon roll all season.
they did it for antti raanta, who never lost hope in the team and never stopped smiling, no matter what happened.
they did it for david rundblad, who tried so hard to prove himself and made the plays to do it.
they did it for trevor van riemsdyk, who started the season strong and worked tirelessly to come back from two injuries.
they did it for joakim nordstrom, who made the little plays that counted and was a solid option for every game.
they did it for andrew desjardins, who came up big and left us no reason to ever doubt him.
they did it for daniel carcillo, who was never afraid to fight when it was needed and continued his fight even after he was injured.
they did it for kyle cumiskey, who tried so hard and gave it his all despite being new to all of it.
they did it for michal rozsival, who never stopped trying even when it seemed like the whole world was against him.
they did it for ben smith, who was a fantastic teammate and whose presence was never forgotten.
they did it for jeremy morin, who was never given the chances he needed to succeed.
they did it for peter regin, philip danault, ryan hartman, adam clendening, kyle baun, and michael paliotta, who contributed in any way they could to make the season even better.
they did it for coach q, who, despite his crazy line changes, led his team to victory while sporting a fantastic mustache.
they did it for all the other coaching staff, who contributed in innumerable ways throughout the season.
they did it for clint reif.
they did it for steve montador.
they did it for stan mikita.
they did it for us, the fans.
but above all, they did it for themselves. they did it as a team.
congratulations to the 2014-15 blackhawks, and I hope they never, ever forget this team, this season, and these memories.