Attention Lord Stanley: Chicago Is Ready

Eric JohnsonContributor IOctober 22, 2009

CHICAGO - OCTOBER 21: Head coach Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks watches as his team takes on the Vancouver Canucks at the United Center on October 14, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Canucks defeated the Blackhawks 3-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

John F. Kennedy was President. A gallon of gas cost $0.31. The Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. The year was 1961 and it was the last time the Blackhawks were on top of the hockey world.

A 48 year drought, the longest in the NHL, for the hockey club from Chicago. It's time for Lord Stanley to come back to the Windy City!

The Blackhawks were the darlings of the hockey world last season, as they jumped back into the spot light by reaching the Western Conference Finals. Before they were eliminated by the Red Wings, four games to one, they put on a dazzling show throughout the playoffs.

Their speed, skill, and toughness led to many late game combacks. They were an exciting team to watch as they put on a great show night in and night out.

With the average age of the team at 25 years old, this young, skillful team has a very bright future.

With 104 points during the 2008-09 regular season, the Hawks have jumped to the top of the Western Conference and are a legitimate threat to challenge for The Cup.

It is an exciting time in the city of Chicago, as the time is now for the Hawks to bring Lord Stanley back home. The skill is all there.

The Hawks boast one of the most powerful offensive groups in recent years. With the addition of Marian Hossa, to go along with Toews, Kane, Sharp, Versteeg, all four lines are capable of scoring.

The defense is one of the best with many solid blue-liners. Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook lead the charge. Youngster Niklas Hjalmarsson is quickly rising the charts as well. Brian Campbell, Brent Sopel, and Jordan Hendry round out the rest of the defense.

Now comes the only uncertain part of this team. Goaltending. The clear cut number one spot is held by Cristobal Huet and he is backed up by Antti Niemi.

Huet has struggled out of the gate this season. Many people are already getting restless with his play. While Niemi has started out strong and his name is being called upon by many.

Unfortunately, it all rides on the hopes of the goaltending to help bring home The Cup. The talent is there for the Hawks to become champions, but will the goaltending hold up its part?

Only time will tell. But enough is enough. It is time to end this drought!