Exciting weekend ahead for the Blackhawks

Photo Credit: Bill Smith/ Getty Images

Photo Credit: Bill Smith/ Getty Images

It certainly has been an incredible 2015-16 season so far for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Coming off of last year’s Stanley Cup win, Chicago once again looks like a team that is hungry for another championship.

We have seen Patrick Kane take his game to a whole other level – a level that has him as the leading candidate for the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league’s MVP.

Blackhawks fans have witness rookie Artemi Panarin emerge as a star on this Blackhawks roster – as well as the top candidate for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league’s Rookie of the Year. Not to mention he became the NHL’s first rookie this season to score 20 goals when he tallied his first career hat-trick Wednesday night on national television against the New York Rangers.

At the end of January, hockey players had their fun when the best got to play in this year’s all-star game that was held in Nashville. As for the rest of the players, they got time off to go on vacation and rest up. Once the all-star game was over, it was back to business for all the players.

But for the Blackhawks, as a team, the fun has just begun.

After overcoming a 3-2 deficit to the Rangers, Chicago scored three unanswered goals to win 5-3 and are now on their way to a familiar place that they have been to in recent years – that being the White House.

With three days off, the Blackhawks are set to meet President Obama on Thursday to celebrate their recent Stanley Cup win. This will be the third time in six years that the Blackhawks will be meeting President Obama.

For some players, this will be their first time meeting the president of the United States. But for others, this will be their third time. Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson are the six players that will be meeting President Obama for the third time in their careers.

Back in June, President Obama tweeted to the Blackhawks congratulating them on their third title in six seasons and that they will see him at the White House.

After their done in Washington D.C., Chicago will head to Minnesota to play in their fourth outdoor game.

Back in 2009, the Blackhawks played in their first outdoor game that was held at Wrigley Field. Even though they fell to the Detroit Red Wings 6-4, the energy at Wrigley Field was like no other. At the United Center, the Blackhawks are used to playing in front of an average of 22,000 fans. But at Wrigley Field, they played in front of over 40,000 fans, according to NHL.com.

Here are the highlights from the 2009 Winter Classic:

Five years later, Chicago hosted their second outdoor game, this one being a Stadium Series at Soldier Field against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

This games will always be remembered – not because the Blackhawks won 5-1, but because of the weather and the atmosphere.

Having the game held at Soldier Field, there were even more fans at this game. According to NHL.com, there were almost 63,000 fans in attendance. All of those fans got to watch the Blackhawks win their first outdoor game ever on a night when the city of Chicago encountered a snow storm.

With strong winds and heavy snow falling on the ice, it made it difficult to see on the ice for the players. Luckily, the Blackhawks overcame the weather and played phenomenal hockey.

Here’s the highlights from the game:

Following the year after they held their second outdoor game, Chicago played in their third outdoor game – the 2015 Winter Classic against the Washington Capitals at Nationals Park.

Unfortunately, goalie Corey Crawford gave up a late goal in the third period that resulted in a Capitals win – bringing their outdoor record to 1-2.

Now Chicago will be playing in their fourth outdoor game on Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium in Minnesota against the Wild.

Chicago lost their first outdoor game, won the second and lost the third. If the trend continues, Chicago should win on Sunday.

With that being said, this will be a fun week for the Blackhawks and for the fans.

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