Last night my good buddy Marc and I headed to Wrigleyville (yes, I walked into my own personal hell). But it was not for a Cubs game (although thanks to my friend Henry I will be there to watch my White Sox on Friday) rather I was there to celebrate my first Blackhawks Stanley Cup victory. The series and the game were amazing. The pandemonium in the streets afterward was insane.
Congrats to the Hawks on there first title since 1961.
On the topic of the Hawks I did some research on if there have ever been any Jewish Blackhawks. The answer is yes. Steve Dubinsky had an up and down Chicago career. Here is what Jewishvirtuallibrary.org had to say about his Blackhawks career. “Dubinsky was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the ninth round (226th overall) of the 1990 NHL Draft. Over the next four seasons, Dubinsky divided his time between the Blackhawks and the minors. In 1997-98, Steve played full-time with the Blackhawks and had his best season in the NHL. He recorded career highs in games (82), goals (five), assists (13), points (18), penalty minutes (57), and shots (112). After the season ended, Steve was traded to the Calgary Flames. He played in 61 games and had 14 points for the Flames during the 1998-99 season.”...
“Despite a solid season in 2001, Dubinsky spent most of the 2002 season in the minors while under contract with the Blackhawks. He appeared in three games for the Blackhawks, and scored the game-winning goal for Chicago on January 10, in a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. In his three games with Chicago, Dubinsky registered one point, a +1 plus/minus rating, and four penalty minutes. Steve spent much of the early season with Chicago’s AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, before being sent to the Milwaukee Admirals on November 26. He was called up to the Blackhawks for two games in early January, 2002, but was then sent back to Milwaukee on January 14 (he had 18 goals and 14 assists (32 points) in 47 games in the minors during the season). On February 6, 2002, Chicago traded Dubinsky to Nashville for future considerations and he played well for his new team.”
Dubinsky retired in 2003 after a 10 year career. Besides the Hawks he played for Flames, Predators, and Blues. It was a nice run for an 11th round pick Center from Clarkson University.
Here is to you Steve Dubinsky and the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks.
And Let Us Say…Amen.
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