Where they rate in Chicago sports heirarchy
The Blackhawks have gained popularity in recent years in a city that is steeped in championship tradition. The MLB’s Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox battle for baseball supremacy in the Windy City, with both clubs suffering long World Series droughts until the White Sox captured the 2005 championship, their first since 1917. The Cubs haven’t won a title since 1908, the longest streak in professional sports history.
The Chicago Bears of the NFL, another incredibly popular team in the city, were one of the founding members of the NFL. Before 1970, they won eight NFL championships, and since the NFL-AFL merger, they have won one Super Bowl, in 1985 against the Patriots, and appeared in one more, a 2006 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
The most successful Chicago franchise in recent history, however, is the NBA’s Chicago Bulls. After drafting future sports legend Michael Jordan in 1984 and hiring future Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson, the Bulls won six NBA Championships in the 1990s, solidifying Jordan as arguably the greatest player of all time. The Bulls fell back into despair following Jordan’s departure, but have since returned to prominence thanks to 2011 NBA MVP Derrick Rose and other stars such as Joakim Noah and Luol Deng.
With their 2010 Stanley Cup title and their second Finals appearance in four years, the Blackhawks are a key player in a city that has at least one entry in each of the major pro sports leagues.