When Is The Hockey Championship? [Solved!]

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The hockey season just ended, and while it’s never easy to say goodbye to your favourite team, you can be sure that this year was particularly hard for Chicago Blackhawks fans. The team endured one of the hardest blows a sports franchise can receive when their championship hopes were crushed by the Boston Bruins in the NHL’s championship final.

Now that the dust has settled, we can examine the fallout from one of the most exciting seasons in recent memory, and try to work out when the NHL season will resume and allow the Blackhawk faithful to get their fix of hockey.

Last Minute Details

In the final minutes of the season, the Blackhawks missed out on the playoffs for the second year in a row, a significant blow to their championship window. If there’s one team that knows how to drag a hockey season out until the last possible minute, it’s the Blackhawks. But even they couldn’t avoid disappointment, as they had to settle for the second-best record in the Western Conference.

The final regular season game was played on April 13th, with the Blackhawks hosting the St. Louis Blues. In the previous meeting between the two teams, the Blackhawks had lost 4-1 in St. Louis, but were able to exact some revenge by beating the Blues 6-2 at the United Center. This year’s contest was a rematch of last year’s conference final, and it was set to determine which team would head to the Stanley Cup. With the stakes arguably being higher than ever, this year’s game was arguably the most exciting of the season.

The Schedule

The NHL has had to adjust to the new normal as a result of our pandemic-induced sports season. The league initially tried to limp through with as many games as possible, with fans enjoying a game here and there from the comfort of their home. The start of the season was pushed back a couple of weeks, with teams playing fewer games to start the season. Then, with the number of cases falling and the World Cup of Hockey approaching, their was an even larger push to get the season underway. After a lengthy break for the Summer Olympic Games, the NHL finally returned to action last week, with the Stanley Cup finals resuming this Wednesday, April 23rd, before the league’s mid-season break.

The Blackhawks opened the season on January 9th in a home-and-home series against the Detroit Red Wings. Two days later, they played their first game away from home, a 5-2 win in Columbus. They would go on to earn a record of 8-3-0 in their first eleven games, before taking a modest two-games-to-one-game lead over the Calgary Flames for the first seed in the Western Conference.

The Blackhawks finished the month of January on a six-game winning streak, including a 5-0 whitewashing of the Minnesota Wild on New Year’s Day. They would win their next nine games in a row, including a pair of shutouts, to end the month of January on a high note, sitting at 18-3-0. Even with the win streak in the books, the Blackhawks still had a long way to go before they could start thinking about hoisting up the Stanley Cup again. In fact, as we’ve established, it would be another nine games before they finally managed another victory, in game sixty-two.

What Else Happened?

The Blackhawks would go on to lose just three more games all year, winning a total of twenty-one consecutive games in the month of February, which remains a team record. They managed to keep the intensity of their play up through the season’s final weeks, as they rattled off five wins in the final five games of the season, including a pair of dominant 4-0 victories over the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues in the final two games of the regular season. Even with the regular season over, the fascination with the Blackhawks and their unprecedented season never waned, and the team received lots of love from fans and the media alike. In the end, it was good enough for the Stanley Cup, as they hoisted it up for the fiftieth time in team history on April 13th, after the season finale in Chicago against the St. Louis Blues. This year’s championship was also special as it marked the first time since 2012 that the Stanley Cup wouldn’t be heading west to California for the summer, giving a fresh excuse for fans to get behind their local team.

The Blackhawks might not have achieved the lofty goal of finally bringing the Stanley Cup back to Chicago, but 2019-20 was still an incredible story, and one that will be closely followed by hockey fans in the Windy City.

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