Friday, June 25, 2010

Atlanta may feel easily like home for the Blackhawks

Three Chicago Blackhawks will be making the transition to the Atlanta Thrashers in the fall. Here's a few reasons they might feel right at home:

1. Three teammates going together to another team. Certainly can help ease the transition for all of them, but they also carry years of experience playing together. Team chemistry is built, not made in a day.

2. They will be going to a team that is in the process of rebuilding. The team is young, and hungry to draw fans to their market. Hey, does this sound familiar...?

3. Chicago has hot spots like River North, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview. Atlanta's equivalents are Buckhead, Virginia-Highlands, and Little Five Points.

4. There's a Kane in Chicago, and a Kane in Atlanta. Patrick Kane (Chicago) has already established himself as a young star of the NHL at just 21. Evander Kane (Atlanta) is a fresh young face who just finished his rookie year in the NHL and is expected to have a stellar career. Patrick Kane had the infamous "cab incident". Evander Kane instantly won fans' hearts around the league when he knocked the Penguins' Matt Cooke out cold with one punch at the end of the season. This video will never get old:

Yeah, I tend to think that fights aren't necessary. Certainly European and Olympic games prove that fighting is not needed in games. But as the commentators on this video discuss, the Penguins had been trying to rile Kane all game. He waited, and picked his fight, taking out Cooke, who is known for a history of dirty play, when provoked by him.

One might think the Pens might've been a bit smarter about who to pick on. Kane's father was an amateur boxer, after all; Kane is even named for Evander Holyfield.

Evander Kane is an exciting young player for the Thrashers; expect to hear him about him for years to come.

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