Blackhawks take on the World
Although the Chicago Blackhawks season may have ended some Blackhawks were not ready to put their hockey sticks down just yet. Several Blackhawks decided to represent their countries teams at the IIHF World Championships held simultaneously in Helsinki, FIN and Stockholm, SWE.
Duncan Keith D and Patrick Sharp LW played for team Canada while Viktor Stalberg RW, Niklas Hjalmarsson D and Marcus Kruger C donned the Swedish team jersey. Michael Frolik also is playing for the Czech Republic team.
Unfortunately, on Thursday both Team Canada and Team Sweden were knocked out of the quarterfinal rounds by Slovakia and Czech Republic respectively. Michael Frolik is the only Blackhawk still playing at the Worlds.
Our guys did very, very well facing the world. Patrick Sharp had eight points (1G, 7A) and a +2 plus/minus rating in eight games for Team Canada. Duncan Keith finished with a team high 11 points (1G, 10A) and a +7 rating. Guess what? It is shocking also you’ll never guess who led the Canadian Team with 179:45 of total ice time, yup Mr. Duncan Keith. He had more than 15 minutes ahead of his fellow Canadian team mates. I guess some things just don’t change no matter where you are on this planet. Congrats guys for a stellar job representing OH Canada!
Now for our beautiful Swedes, Niklas Hjalmarsson had three assists and a +/- rating of 0. Viktor Stalberg is still hot, I’m referring to his hockey skills folks, with four points (3G,1A) +4 and no he was not playing against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Finally, Marcus Kruger lead all of the Swedish Blackhawks with 5 points (3G,2A) +3. Congrats to you guys as well for a great job and representing beautiful Sweden so well.
Michael Frolik is the lone Blackhawk still left in the tourney with two points (1G,1A) -1. Frolik Navidad good luck to you on the remainder of the tourney and represent both the Blackhawks and Czech Republic well.
Whether the Blackhawk players are still in the tournament or not it was good experience for the guys to play against international competition and with and against their NHL brethren. Blackhawk fans are proud of the guys. For those now hitting the golf courses or fishing boats enjoy, rest up because we want to see you guys in September.
Michael Frolik go battle boy and enjoy the competition and the rest of your summer.