The 2022 Chicago Blackhawks are in full rebuild mode and sit at the bottom of the NHL standings. Wins have been hard to come by, and they’re probably not desired as the team aims to have the best shot at the top pick in the 2023 NHL Draft. But on Christmas day, NBC Sports Chicago is throwing it back to the glory days by airing the Blackhawks’ 2010, 2013, and 2015 Stanley Cup-clinching victories.
The festivities will kick off at noon CT with a rebroadcast of Marian Hossa’s jersey retirement ceremony. Chicago retired No. 81 on Nov. 20, making Hossa the first member of the 2010s dynasty to be immortalized in the United Center rafters. I was in attendance for the ceremony and can attest that Hossa’s speech and the production surrounding it were top-notch. This will be a great way to kick off a nostalgia-packed Christmas day.
Next up is the 2010 Stanley Cup clincher at 1:30 PM CT. Christmas is a time for joy, but you may experience some vitriol when Scott Hartnell ties it up late in the third period. Not to worry, Patrick Kane will save the day in peculiar but glorious fashion.
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The 2013 Stanley Cup clincher follows at 4 PM CT. Is there a better way to celebrate the most magical time of the year than reliving the enchantment of 17 seconds? I think not.
A triumphant slate concludes at 6:30 PM CT with the 2015 Stanley Cup clincher. Duncan Keith might as well be Santa Claus with a red beard as he solidifies the Chicago Blackhawks’ dynasty status with the game-winning goal and a Conn Smythe Trophy.
And in case you missed Marian Hossa’s jersey retirement ceremony in the early window, NBC Sports Chicago will air the festivities again at 9 PM CT.
Merry Christmas, Blackhawks fans. Hopefully a rewatch of the good ole days can help you power through the rest of a painstaking season.