Blackhawks Receive their Championship Bling

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Diamonds are the Blackhawks’ best friend.

On Sunday night the 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks were presented their custom championship rings designed by the jewelers at Jostens. This bling-a-ling has it all from white diamonds, yellow diamonds, emeralds and rubies. It’s really too bad I can’t ice skate.

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The ring tells the story of the Blackhawks triumphant journey to a second Stanley Cup title in three years. Each ring is personalized with a championship team member’s name and respective number. Captain Toews shared his ring with the Blackhawks’ Instagram yesterday evening to give us fans a look-see at the new jewels.

One of my favorite parts is the inscription breaking down the different series of this particular post season. Just a little reminder of who they dominated and in how many games they did it.

The opposite side (not pictured) features five diamond-studded Stanley Cup trophies. Each trophy representing a Chicago championship title including 1934, 1938, 1961, 2010 and 2013.

Hopefully I can see one of these beastly beauties in person!

Blackhawks: Playoff Lawn the New Playoff Beard?

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Anyone who loves hockey knows a thing or two about the legendary lucky playoff beard, but a Park Ridge resident took a new approach to displaying his Blackhawks pride. Frank Miller has grown a playoff lawn adorned with a Blackhawks sign.

Miller told NBC Chicago, “They’re growing their playoff beards, so I just decided, you know what, it hit me: I’m going to make a playoff lawn and I’m going to make a sign for it and I’m going to embrace it.”

Others have embraced his shaggy lawn honking and hollering when they pass the lawn and sign, “Everybody drives by and beeps at it. People stop and take pictures. It’s awesome,” Miller said.

The city of Park Ridge hasn’t been on board with Miller’s playoff lawn as it breaks city regulations and was considered a health risk, because it could become a breeding ground for mosquitoes (hate those bugs). The city paid a man to take an industrial sized mower to Miller’s ugly lawn. Luckily, the lawn can face adversity (just like our Hawks) and has bounced back for the Stanley Cup Finals.

The finals kick-off on Wednesday as the Blackhawks prepare to take on the Boston Bruins at the Madhouse on Madison. This is the first Stanley Cup Final meeting for these two all-Original Six teams. Will our Hawks host Lord Stanley’s Cup again?

Once a Canuck, Always a Canuck: Raffi Torres Suspended Indefinitely

Raffi Torres, a Coyote player who’s name wouldn’t sit well with any Blackhawks’ fan at the moment, has been suspended indefinitely for his dirty hit on our beloved Marian Hossa.

During the first period of game three of the Coyotes-Blackhawks series, Torres left his feet and slammed his shoulder into Hossa’s head, who did not have the puck at the time. Totally illegal. Hossa laid motionless on the ice for what seemed like forever (it was about 5 minutes) and was then carted away on a stretcher. He was taken to the hospital, but reports state that he left on his own two feet after undergoing some tests.

The best part, “none of the officials saw the hit” – there was an official standing RIGHT THERE. Because this massive hit went unnoticed, Torres did not receive any sort of penalty during the game.

First things first, Hossa we hope you’re okay. #WinItForHossa

Second, Torres is a dirty rat and I hope he’s suspended for the rest of the season. I know hockey is a rough sport and there are obvious risks you run playing a dangerous sport. Don’t get me wrong I love the fighting, but a hit to a player’s head is unnecessary. Torres has an in-person hearing scheduled for Friday with the NHL. Because the hearing is in-person means he could face a six game suspension or more.

After game 3, Torres told the Arizona Republic that as far as the hit goes, he felt it was a “hockey play”. Blackhawks’ Captain Jonathan Toews didn’t like that much, “Well, that’s obviously the way he thinks,” he said. “I said it before, it’s the same when he was with Vancouver last year. There’s no remorse at all with a guy like that. You pretty much take him out and have a guy carried on a stretcher and he probably doesn’t feel bad about it at all. That’s not hockey to me.” That’s why we love you Toews.

The Coyote forward doesn’t have the cleanest track record either. Last April, it was a hit on Brent Seabrook from Torres during the Vancouver- Chicago first round series. He was not suspended for this hit, but had been previously in the 2011 season. Like I said, once a Canuck, always a Canuck.

It seems like this year’s run to the Stanley Cup has been violent all over the league. I’m a little worried what will happen in the next rounds when things heat up even more!

Sharp or Keith? Do We Really Have to Choose?

Well gosh, thanks for making it hard on us EA Sports! How are Blackhawks fans supposed to choose between Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith? You sure we can’t have both?

The two stars are vying for the spot to represent the Hawks in EA Sports’ fan voting contest, the winner will grace the cover of “NHL 13.” The voting will consist of two preliminary rounds, the first round has two members from each of the 30 NHL franchises (March 29-April 11), the second round is narrowed to 32 players – each winner from every team with two separate wild cards (April 12-22), and the final round is a 16-player bracket to produce a winner (April 12-22). The cover-contest champion will be announced June 20 at the 2012 NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

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So who do Chicago fans choose? They’re both assistant captains, they were both apart of the Stanley Cup Championship team, they would both look fancy on the cover of a video game. If we’re basing this on looks alone, my heart belongs to Patrick Sharp – his face is perfection. However, I also think their is a certain demeanor NHL defensive players have (who doesn’t love watching a man slam another man into the boards?) which gives recently suspended Keith an upper hand – we all remember when he got his teeth knocked out and kept playing. The RedEye Chicago also pointed out that Keith has a Norris Trophy and an Olympic gold medal, Sharpie might not be considered as “prestigious” to some. This is going to take some serious consideration.

You can cast your vote by going to the Cover Vote page, by visiting the EA Sports NHL Facebook page or by tweeting your vote using the hashtag #NHL13Cover.