2009–10 Chicago Blackhawks season

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2009–10 Chicago Blackhawks
Stanley Cup champions
Western Conference champions
Central Division champions
Division 1st Central
Conference 2nd Western
2009–10 record 52–22–8
Home record 29–8–4
Road record 23–14–4
Goals for 271
Goals against 209
Team information
General Manager Stan Bowman
Coach Joel Quenneville
Captain Jonathan Toews
Alternate captains Duncan Keith
Patrick Sharp
Arena United Center
Average attendance 21,356 (108.3%)
Total: 854,267 [1]
Team leaders
Goals Patrick Kane (30)
Assists Patrick Kane (58)
Points Patrick Kane (88)
Penalties in minutes Ben Eager (120)
Plus/minus (+) Patrick Sharp
Marian Hossa (+24)
(–) Dustin Byfuglien (–7)
Wins Cristobal Huet
Antti Niemi (26)
Goals against average Antti Niemi (2.25)

The 2009–10 Chicago Blackhawks season is the club's 84th season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The season began on October 2, 2009, with a pair of games against the Florida Panthers in Helsinki, and ended on June 9, 2010, when the Blackhawks defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4–2 in the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, giving the organization its first NHL championship since 1961 and fourth overall. For the first time since the 1996–97 season, the Blackhawks made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons.

Before the season[edit]

The Blackhawks were coming off one of their best years in recent history during the 2008–09 season, going 46–24–12 and finishing with 104 points. They finished second in the Central Division and fourth in the Western Conference. The Blackhawks' 46 wins were their most since winning 47 in the 1992–93 NHL season.[2] The Blackhawks’ reached the 100-point mark for the first time since 1992–93 season and improved by 16 points over the past season, when their 88-point total left them three points away of a playoff berth. They were the only NHL to improve on its record in each of the previous four seasons. The Blackhawks made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2002 and it was their second playoff appearance in the previous 11 years.[3] In the playoffs, the Blackhawks defeated the Calgary Flames and the Vancouver Canucks before losing to the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Finals. It was the Blackhawks' first appearance in the Western Conference Finals since 1995.[4]

Marian Hossa was a key addition to the Blackhawks as he led his previous two teams to the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Blackhawks, however, had a turbulent off-season.[5] The Blackhawks saw Assistant General Manager Rick Dudley resign from his position and join the Atlanta Thrashers as associate general manager.[6] On July 1, 2009, the Blackhawks made a significant acquisition to the team when they signed five-time NHL All-Star Marian Hossa to a 12 year contract worth $62.8 million.[7] At the time, it was the most lucrative deal in team history.[8] The signing of Hossa by the Blackhawks coincided with the departure of the team's leading scorer from the previous season, Martin Havlat, to the Minnesota Wild.[9] Other key additions for the Blackhawks were John Madden and Tomas Kopecky. Along with Havlat, Nikolai Khabibulin, Samuel Pahlsson and Matt Walker were notable losses for the team.[10]

Tomas Kopecky was also another key addition, previously helping the Detroit Red Wings win the Stanley Cup in 2008.

Shortly after signing Hossa, the team disclosed that he was still rehabilitating a shoulder injury he sustained during the previous post-season.[11] He underwent shoulder surgery and ended up missing the first 22 games of the season.[12] During the off-season, The NHL Players' Association (NHLPA) filed a grievance, stating that the Blackhawks missed the deadline for giving qualifying offers to restricted free agents. This caused General Manager Dale Tallon to quickly sign eight players to make sure they did not end up as unrestricted free agents. The mistake proved to be a large influence in the removing of Tallon as general manager. He was replaced with Stan Bowman, the assistant general manager and son of Hockey Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman.[13] The NHL also investigated Hossa's contract as well.[14] The Blackhawks named Kevin Cheveldayoff, the general manager of the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League (AHL), as assistant general manager.[15] The team also promoted Assistant Coach Marc Bergevin to the position of director of player personnel.[16]

In August, the Blackhawks saw star player Patrick Kane embroiled in controversy when he and his cousin were arrested in Buffalo, New York. Kane was apprehended in the early morning hours after allegedly punching a cab driver when he claimed to not have proper change for their trip fare.[17] Kane was charged with second-degree robbery, a Class C felony and fourth-degree criminal mischief and theft-of-services, both of which were Class A misdemeanors.[18] He pleaded not guilty. On August 17, Kane apologized for the arrest.[19] Kane and his cousin appeared before a grand jury on August 19. While they were cleared of any felony charges, the two were still indicted on misdemeanor assault, theft and harassment charges.[20] Kane and his cousin reiterated their not guilty pleas when appearing in court the next day.[21] On August 27, Kane and his cousin pleaded guilty to noncriminal disorderly conduct charges, and were both given conditional discharges.[22]

The Blackhawks entered the 2009–10 season with high expectations.[23] Bob Duff of NBC Sports predicted that the Blackhawks would finish with 101 points, finish second in the division and be a fourth seed in the Western Conference.[2] Jim Neveau of The Hockey Writer's wrote that the Blackhawks would win the division and be a second seed in the conference.[24]

*Games against non-NHL teams don't count in the standings.

Regular season[edit]

  • On October 12, the Calgary Flames scored the first five goals in the first period, but the Blackhawks rallied to win 6–5 in overtime.[31]
  • On November 25, the Blackhawks scored three short-handed goals in a 7–2 win over the San Jose Sharks[32]
  • On April 6, the Blackhawks won their 50th game of the season against the Dallas Stars, setting a new franchise record for wins in a season.
  • On April 7, the 'Hawks notched their 109th point of the season against the St. Louis Blues, setting another franchise record.
  • On April 9, the 'Hawks won their 23rd game of the season on the road against the Colorado Avalanche, setting yet another franchise record.

The 'Hawks had solid goaltending during the regular season, finishing first in the League in shutouts, with 11. They also led the NHL in shorthanded goals scored, with 13.[33][34][35]

Division standings[edit]

Central Division[36]
GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 y – Chicago Blackhawks 82 52 22 8 271 209 112
2 Detroit Red Wings 82 44 24 14 229 216 102
3 Nashville Predators 82 47 29 6 225 225 100
4 St. Louis Blues 82 40 32 10 225 223 90
5 Columbus Blue Jackets 82 32 35 15 216 259 79

Conference standings[edit]

Western Conference[37]
R GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 z – San Jose Sharks 82 51 20 11 264 215 113
2 y – Chicago Blackhawks 82 52 22 8 271 209 112
3 y – Vancouver Canucks 82 49 28 5 272 222 103
4 Phoenix Coyotes 82 50 25 7 225 202 107
5 Detroit Red Wings 82 44 24 14 229 216 102
6 Los Angeles Kings 82 46 27 9 241 219 101
7 Nashville Predators 82 47 29 6 225 225 100
8 Colorado Avalanche 82 43 30 9 244 233 95
8.5
9 St. Louis Blues 82 40 32 10 225 223 90
10 Calgary Flames 82 40 32 10 204 210 90
11 Anaheim Ducks 82 39 32 11 238 251 89
12 Dallas Stars 82 37 31 14 237 254 88
13 Minnesota Wild 82 38 36 8 219 246 84
14 Columbus Blue Jackets 82 32 35 15 216 259 79
15 Edmonton Oilers 82 27 47 8 214 284 62

bold – Qualified for playoffs; y – Won division; z – Won conference (and division)

Schedule and results[edit]

Legend:   Win (2 points)   Loss (0 points)   Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

2009–10 Game Log

Playoffs[edit]

Chicago skyline with the CNA Center showing the Chicago Blackhawks' logo, the Smurfit-Stone Building saying Go Hawks and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower saying Hawks win the night after the Chicago Blackhawks won the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, viewed from the Petrillo Music Shell lawn in Grant Park
  • The Chicago Blackhawks have qualified for the playoffs in back-to-back years for the first time since 1996 and 1997.
  • The Blackhawks have won their division for the first time since the 1992–93 season.
  • The Blackhawks have reached the Western Conference Finals for the 2nd year in a row.
  • On May 18, the Blackhawks tied an NHL playoff record of 7 straight wins on the road.[120]
  • Jonathan Toews set a franchise playoff record on May 21 by earning a point in 12 consecutive games, breaking Stan Mikita's record. His streak ended at 13 games after failing to register a point in game one of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals
  • On May 23, the Blackhawks won their first Conference Final since the 1991–92 season.
  • Marian Hossa became the first player in history to make three consecutive Stanley Cup Finals with three different teams after accomplishing the feat with the 2008 Pittsburgh Penguins and 2009 Detroit Red Wings
  • Jonathan Toews became the 25th member of hockey's prestigious Triple Gold Club after winning the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks, an Olympic gold medal with Canada earlier in the year, and a World Championship, also with Canada, in 2007.
  • The Stanley Cup win gave the city of Chicago the distinction of being the only city to have at least a championship in each of the four professional sports leagues since 1985,[121] following championships by the Bears in Super Bowl XX, the Bulls in the 1990s, (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998) and the White Sox in 2005.
Patrick Kane hoisting the Stanley Cup and Jonathan Toews holding the Conn Smythe Playoff MVP Trophy, during the Blackhawks' parade and rally.
2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Legend:   Win   Loss

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime Losses; GA = Goals Against; GAA= Goals Against Average; SA= Shots Against; SV= Saves; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO= Shutouts

Regular season
Player GP TOI W L OT GA GAA SA Sv% SO G A PIM
Cristobal Huet 48 2731 26 14 4 114 2.50 1083 .895 4 0 0 4
Antti Niemi 39 2190 26 7 4 82 2.25 936 .912 7 0 1 0
Corey Crawford 1 59 0 1 0 3 3.05 35 .914 0 0 0 0
Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L GA GAA SA Sv% SO G A PIM
Antti Niemi 22 1322 16 6 58 2.63 645 .910 2 0 0 2
Cristobal Huet 1 20 0 0 0 0.00 3 1.000 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Blackhawks. Stats reflect time with the Blackhawks only.
Traded mid-season
Bold/italics denotes franchise record

Detailed records[edit]

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Regular Season
Player Award Reached
Cristobal Huet[144] NHL First Star of the Week December 21, 2009
Patrick Kane[145] NHL Second Star of the Week December 28, 2009
Patrick Kane[146] NHL Third Star of the Month December 2009
Duncan Keith[147] James Norris Memorial Trophy winner June 23, 2010
Playoffs
Player Award Reached
Jonathan Toews Conn Smythe Trophy June 9, 2010

Milestones[edit]

Regular season
Player Milestone Reached

Transactions[edit]

The Blackhawks have been involved in the following transactions during the 2009–10 season.

Draft picks[edit]

The 2009 NHL Entry Draft was hosted at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec on June 26 and 27. The Blackhawks made a total of six picks.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 28 Dylan Olsen (D)  Canada Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL)
2 59 Brandon Pirri (C)  Canada Georgetown Raiders (OJHL)
3 89 Daniel Delisle (C/LW)  United States Totino-Grace High School (United States High School)
4 119 Byron Froese (C)  Canada Everett Silvertips (WHL)
5 149 Marcus Kruger (C)  Sweden Djurgardens IF (Elitserien)
6 177 (from San Jose via Columbus and Atlanta) David Pacan (C)  Canada Cumberland Grads (CCHL)
7 195 (from Florida) Paul Phillips (D)  United States Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)
7 209 David Gilbert (C)  Canada Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)

Final roster[edit]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
12 Canada Beach, KyleKyle Beach LW R 27 2008 North Vancouver, British Columbia
29 Canada Bickell, BryanBryan Bickell LW L 31 2004 Bowmanville, Ontario
36 Canada Bolland, DaveDave Bolland C R 30 2004 Etobicoke, Ontario
24 Canada Boynton, NickNick Boynton D R 38 2010 Nobleton, Ontario
22 Canada Brouwer, TroyTroy Brouwer RW R 31 2004 Vancouver, British Columbia
37 United States Burish, AdamAdam Burish RW R 34 2002 Madison, Wisconsin
33 United States Byfuglien, DustinDustin Byfuglien LW R 32 2003 Minneapolis, Minnesota
51 Canada Campbell, BrianBrian Campbell D L 37 2008 Strathroy, Ontario
56 United States Connelly, BrianBrian Connelly D L 30 2009 Bloomington, Minnesota
50 Canada Crawford, CoreyCorey Crawford G L 32 2003 Montreal, Quebec
34 Canada Cullimore, JassenJassen Cullimore D L 44 2010 Simcoe, Ontario
28 United States Dowell, JakeJake Dowell C L 32 2004 Eau Claire, Wisconsin
55 Canada Eager, BenBen Eager LW L 33 2007 Ottawa, Ontario
46 Canada Fraser, ColinColin Fraser C L 32 2004 Sicamous, British Columbia
6 Canada Hendry, JordanJordan Hendry D L 33 2005 Nokomis, Saskatchewan
4 Sweden Hjalmarsson, NiklasNiklas Hjalmarsson D L 29 2005 Eksjö, Sweden
81 Slovakia Hossa, MarianMarian Hossa RW L 38 2009 Stará Ľubovňa, Czechoslovakia
39 France Huet, CristobalCristobal Huet G L 41 2008 Saint-Martin-d'Hères, France
8 Sweden Johnsson, KimKim Johnsson Injured Reserve D L 41 2010 Malmö, Sweden
88 United States Kane, PatrickPatrick Kane RW L 28 2007 Buffalo, New York
2 Canada Keith, DuncanDuncan Keith (A) D L 33 2002 Winnipeg, Manitoba
82 Slovakia Kopecky, TomasTomas Kopecky RW L 35 2009 Ilava, Czechoslovakia
16 Canada Ladd, AndrewAndrew Ladd LW L 31 2008 Maple Ridge, British Columbia
42 Canada Lalonde, ShawnShawn Lalonde D R 27 2008 Ottawa, Ontario
11 Canada Madden, JohnJohn Madden C L 43 2009 Barrie, Ontario
31 Finland Niemi, AnttiAntti Niemi G L 33 2008 Vantaa, Finland
44 United States Richmond, DannyDanny Richmond D L 32 2010 Chicago, Illinois
7 Canada Seabrook, BrentBrent Seabrook D R 32 2003 Richmond, British Columbia
10 Canada Sharp, PatrickPatrick Sharp (A) C R 35 2005 Winnipeg, Manitoba
20 United States Skille, JackJack Skille RW R 29 2005 Madison, Wisconsin
5 Canada Sopel, BrentBrent Sopel D R 40 2007 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
19 Canada Toews, JonathanJonathan Toews (C) C L 28 2006 Winnipeg, Manitoba
30 Finland Toivonen, HannuHannu Toivonen G L 32 2010 Kalvola, Finland
32 Canada Versteeg, KrisKris Versteeg LW R 30 2007 Lethbridge, Alberta

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  144. ^ Goalies Huet and Fleury, forward Hornqvist named NHL three stars of the week
  145. ^ Halak, Kane, Luongo top NHL Three Stars
  146. ^ Sedin, Bryzgalov, Kane named December's '3 Stars'
  147. ^ Duncan Keith wins 2010 James Norris Memorial Trophy
  148. ^ Blackhawks Acquire Greentree From Calgary
  149. ^ Blackhawks Acquire Johnsson And Leddy From Minnesota
  150. ^ Blackhawks Acquire Toivonen and Richmond From St. Louis
  151. ^ Blackhawks Acquire Boynton From Anaheim And Assign Him To Rockford
  152. ^ a b c d Blackhawks Ink Four Prospects
  153. ^ Blackhawks Sign Hossa To 12-Year Deal
  154. ^ Ink C Kopecky To 2-Year Contract
  155. ^ Blackhawks Sign Two-Time Stanley Cup Champion John Madden
  156. ^ a b Blackhawks Sign MacArthur and Petiot
  157. ^ Blackhawks Sign C Mark Cullen
  158. ^ Blackhawks Sign Bois
  159. ^ Blackhawks Sign Cullimore, Assign Him To Rockford
  160. ^ Blackhawks Sign Ryan Stanton
  161. ^ Blackhawks Ink Forward Brandon Bollig
  162. ^ Lightning Sign Rugged Defenseman Matt Walker
  163. ^ Oilers land Nikolai Khabibulin
  164. ^ Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Free Agent Center Samuel Pahlsson to a Three-Year Contract
  165. ^ Wild signs RW Martin Havlat
  166. ^ Leafs Re-Sign Ondrus, Hamilton, Ink Three More Forwards
  167. ^ Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Forward Pascal Pelletier
  168. ^ Blackhawks Claim Smolenak Off Waivers From Tampa Bay
  169. ^ Blackhawks Claim Ebbett Off Waivers
  170. ^ Lightning Claim Radek Smolenak Off Waivers
  171. ^ Wild Claims Andrew Ebbett From Hawks
  172. ^ Blackhawks Sign 2008 First Round Draft Pick Beach
  173. ^ Blackhawks Ink Bolland To Five-Year Deal
  174. ^ a b Niemi, Dowell Re-signed
  175. ^ a b c d e Blackhawks Agree To Terms With Five Players
  176. ^ Blackhawks Re-Sign Barker To 3-Year Deal
  177. ^ Blackhawks Sign '06 Draft Pick Danis-Pepin
  178. ^ Blackhawks Re-sign Versteeg To 3-Year Deal
  179. ^ Blackhawks And Bickell Agree To Terms
  180. ^ a b c Blackhawks Agree To Multi-Year Contract Extensions With Toews, Keith and Kane
  181. ^ Blackhawks Sign RW Ben Smith

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