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Justin Lowe
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Chicago Blackhawks
Location: Toronto, ON
Joined: 10.31.2017

Aug 9 @ 10:32 AM ET
Justin Lowe: Stan #Legend
I never had the pleasure of watching Stan Makita play hockey live. Thanks to the year I was born, I didn't even watch him on TV.

What I do remember was ever since I started following this Blackhawks team as a young gaffer in the 80's, the legend of Stosh reigned supreme.

Over time as a Hawks fan, I have consumed as many games and highlights as possible from past eras, which was hard to miss gameplay from the impressive 22-year run Stan had, all with the Chicago Blackhawks.
tvetter
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: Burkesville, KY
Joined: 12.16.2015

Aug 9 @ 10:39 AM ET
Posted on last blog regarding signing Brouwer:
I would if he was cheap. The Hawks will probably have 4 or 5 players in the NHL that would benefit from more time in Rockford. I think Kahun, Edjsell, Sikura and Kampf would all be better off in Rockford, and I think that right now, they will all get significant time on the Hawks. If we could sign any (or all) of Nash, Brouwer and Shore on ONE YEAR deals, it wouldn't hurt us long term, and it would allow them to grow under Colliton for another year. IMO, that would be huge for our chances in 2019-20 and beyond.
- tvetter

I created a possible lineup that includes all 3 at capfriendly:
https://www.capfriendly.c...m/armchair-gm/team/830378

I left 3 goalies because I don't think Crow will be ready at the start of the season.

Please keep in mind that this is just for fun, as I don't think Stan will sign any of these guys, let alone all 3.
tvetter
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: Burkesville, KY
Joined: 12.16.2015

Aug 9 @ 10:44 AM ET
Also, while I didn't see Stan play either (I was 3 when he played his last game), I've really enjoyed all the highlights and stories I've heard.

RIP #21
dozerD10
Anaheim Ducks
Location: long beach, CA
Joined: 01.29.2014

Aug 9 @ 10:50 AM ET
Got to see him play at the end of his career a few times, was a pleasure. My old man, bless his soul, thought Stan walked on water.
Kinda funny his 2 favorite players both named Stan Mikita and Musial -
Scott1977
Season Ticket Holder
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: Yorkville, IL
Joined: 08.30.2012

Aug 9 @ 10:53 AM ET
Agree with all of those thing stated sign brower shore don't think nash would come if anything go to a contender on one year deal. The young players need to develop and be pushed ahead of schedule. R.I.P. Stan mister Blackhawk. Got a sighed hockey puck from him just class act and even better person.
breadbag
Location: Edmonton, AB
Joined: 11.30.2015

Aug 9 @ 11:13 AM ET
I wouldn't do more than offer a PTO for Brouwer and kick the tires. If he accepts and comes to camp ready to compete, you maybe sign him for a year as a bottom 6 guy. He doesn't solve any issues in the top 6.

His best seasons are behind him and he doesn't have the elite skill to play beyond physical limitations. He was a bust in Calgary and likely would be a bust coming back to Chicago.

Hawks don't need more vets dragging their butts around while going through the motions which was the case for some of the returning ex-hawks recent seasons. Give him a chance to come and show what he can do, but he seems like another guy who's physical play has started to fade and with it, his effectiveness. I don't think Chicago really needs him.
Beaver-Warrior
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: A new era of Blackhawks hockey
Joined: 07.28.2011

Aug 9 @ 11:18 AM ET
Actually didn't Stosh play most of his career for the Black Hawks?
Justin Lowe
Season Ticket Holder
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: Toronto, ON
Joined: 10.31.2017

Aug 9 @ 11:20 AM ET
Actually didn't Stosh play most of his career for the Black Hawks?
- Beaver-Warrior


All of it.

Did I mess something up, Beav?
hocktock
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: Over by dere.
Joined: 07.15.2015

Aug 9 @ 11:34 AM ET
He was good 1 year. (Cup year.) Then he sucked for 20. (Based on the sentiment of most posters here.)

A shot and a goal. (RIP Stan.) You are loved.
6628
Joined: 08.24.2009

Aug 9 @ 12:08 PM ET
Eddie Olczyk said Stan could have played in any era and I agree. If you've ever had a dog in the back yard that wouldn't come when called and you tried in vain to go catch it then you would know what it's like to be a defenseman and have to defend Stan.
gnosox1986
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: FL
Joined: 01.25.2012

Aug 9 @ 12:35 PM ET
All of it.

Did I mess something up, Beav?

- Justin Lowe


I think he's referring to the Style/Spelling of the name. The "Blackhawks" werent the Blackhawks until 1986. They were the Black (space) Hawks before then.
hawk35
Season Ticket Holder
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: NF
Joined: 08.26.2009

Aug 9 @ 12:57 PM ET
Makita was one of my favorites as a young fan just beginning to watch hockey. At 6 or 7 years old my first memories are of the Lemaire shot that eluded Tony-"0" and ruined a series the Hawks should have won.

In my youth Tony Esposito was my favorite player, but Makita, Hull, Pit Martin were also followed and cheered as my favorite hawks.

Being Canadian, I only saw them 3-4 times a year when they played Toronto or Montreal on "Hockey Night in Canada". I would grab the schedule as soon as it came out to see what Saturdays the Hawks were in one of those cities!!!!

Makita will always be known as a true Hawk. Never played elsewhere, and played an incredible 22 years.

Loved ya Stan!!! Condolences to your family!
hawk35
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Chicago Blackhawks
Location: NF
Joined: 08.26.2009

Aug 9 @ 1:06 PM ET
He was good 1 year. (Cup year.) Then he sucked for 20. (Based on the sentiment of most posters here.)

A shot and a goal. (RIP Stan.) You are loved.

- hocktock



Where the Heck you readin' this!!!!!

1. 9 straight years over 75 points
2. 13 of 14 years stretch over 72 points (other was 65)
3. 14 straight years of 24 or more goals!!!
4. FOUR NHL scoring totals
5. 2 NHL MVPs (Hart Trophies)

Pleasssssssssse. Spare me the trolling....
hawk35
Season Ticket Holder
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: NF
Joined: 08.26.2009

Aug 9 @ 1:12 PM ET
Actually didn't Stosh play most of his career for the Black Hawks?
- Beaver-Warrior


All of it.

Did I mess something up, Beav?


No Justin. You didn't miss anything. I think the Beaver is referring to the BLACK HAWKS that Stan played for became the Blackhawks in 1986.

Stan retired in 1980. Thus, he was always a Black Hawk, and never a Blackhawk....lol

Hank3Henshaw
Location: Chicago
Joined: 03.15.2013

Aug 9 @ 1:22 PM ET
A few years back, I was at a gas station in the Burr Ridge area and saw Stan filling up next to me.

I didn't want to be that guy, but I decided to go up to him anyway--would probably never have the chance again.

I walked over to him and introduced myself. He was as nice as everyone has ever said. Our convo lasted maybe three minutes. We talked about the Hawks (who were knocked out of the playoffs at the time) and how we both agreed that a little more grit was needed (yes, a HOF player also felt the Hawks lacked toughness at the time ) and how he was hopeful they'd turn it around next season.

We told each other to have a good day and "Go Hawks!"

I called my dad immediately. It was a good day.
EnzoD
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: Denver, CO
Joined: 02.19.2014

Aug 9 @ 1:23 PM ET
To anyone who watched the U18 Hlinka Gretzky Tourney thus far.....scouting reports?? Thanks!
Justin Lowe
Season Ticket Holder
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: Toronto, ON
Joined: 10.31.2017

Aug 9 @ 1:31 PM ET
Actually didn't Stosh play most of his career for the Black Hawks?
- Beaver-Warrior


All of it.

Did I mess something up, Beav?


No Justin. You didn't miss anything. I think the Beaver is referring to the BLACK HAWKS that Stan played for became the Blackhawks in 1986.

Stan retired in 1980. Thus, he was always a Black Hawk, and never a Blackhawk....lol


- hawk35


Ahhhhh.... got it.
Beaver-Warrior
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: A new era of Blackhawks hockey
Joined: 07.28.2011

Aug 9 @ 1:34 PM ET
I think he's referring to the Style/Spelling of the name. The "Blackhawks" werent the Blackhawks until 1986. They were the Black (space) Hawks before then.
- gnosox1986


Aye. #Nitpicking
BlackhawkMike
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: IL
Joined: 06.30.2011

Aug 9 @ 2:14 PM ET
A few years back, I was at a gas station in the Burr Ridge area and saw Stan filling up next to me.

I didn't want to be that guy, but I decided to go up to him anyway--would probably never have the chance again.

I walked over to him and introduced myself. He was as nice as everyone has ever said. Our convo lasted maybe three minutes. We talked about the Hawks (who were knocked out of the playoffs at the time) and how we both agreed that a little more grit was needed (yes, a HOF player also felt the Hawks lacked toughness at the time ) and how he was hopeful they'd turn it around next season.

We told each other to have a good day and "Go Hawks!"

I called my dad immediately. It was a good day.

- Hank3Henshaw


So you were that guy afterall??? Great story
BobP.
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: Joliet, IL
Joined: 12.29.2010

Aug 9 @ 2:21 PM ET
A few years back, I was at a gas station in the Burr Ridge area and saw Stan filling up next to me.

I didn't want to be that guy, but I decided to go up to him anyway--would probably never have the chance again.

I walked over to him and introduced myself. He was as nice as everyone has ever said. Our convo lasted maybe three minutes. We talked about the Hawks (who were knocked out of the playoffs at the time) and how we both agreed that a little more grit was needed (yes, a HOF player also felt the Hawks lacked toughness at the time ) and how he was hopeful they'd turn it around next season.

We told each other to have a good day and "Go Hawks!"

I called my dad immediately. It was a good day.

- Hank3Henshaw



Based on what everyone has said about him, I doubt he felt bothered. Given his life history, i'd be willing to bet he felt honored that you remembered him.

Great story and a great man indeed.
riozzo
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: Cornwallis Island
Joined: 06.17.2014

Aug 9 @ 2:30 PM ET
All of it.

Did I mess something up, Beav?

- Justin Lowe

No, just some nit picking at its finest
tvetter
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: Burkesville, KY
Joined: 12.16.2015

Aug 9 @ 4:46 PM ET
Posted on last blog regarding signing Brouwer:
I would if he was cheap. The Hawks will probably have 4 or 5 players in the NHL that would benefit from more time in Rockford. I think Kahun, Edjsell, Sikura and Kampf would all be better off in Rockford, and I think that right now, they will all get significant time on the Hawks. If we could sign any (or all) of Nash, Brouwer and Shore on ONE YEAR deals, it wouldn't hurt us long term, and it would allow them to grow under Colliton for another year. IMO, that would be huge for our chances in 2019-20 and beyond.
- tvetter

I created a possible lineup that includes all 3 at capfriendly:
https://www.capfriendly.c...m/armchair-gm/team/830378

I left 3 goalies because I don't think Crow will be ready at the start of the season.

Please keep in mind that this is just for fun, as I don't think Stan will sign any of these guys, let alone all 3.

- tvetter


JL and I aren't the only ones who think Nick Shore deserves a look.

From the NJD blog:
https://www.hockeybuzz.co...w-Jersey-Devils/159/94271
TJYTJY
Season Ticket Holder
Chicago Blackhawks
Joined: 05.23.2017

Aug 9 @ 5:27 PM ET
Local product Christian Dvorak signs a nice contract today. Congrats
AEL_Fox
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: CA
Joined: 06.18.2016

Aug 9 @ 5:40 PM ET
Posted on last blog regarding signing Brouwer:
I would if he was cheap. The Hawks will probably have 4 or 5 players in the NHL that would benefit from more time in Rockford. I think Kahun, Edjsell, Sikura and Kampf would all be better off in Rockford, and I think that right now, they will all get significant time on the Hawks. If we could sign any (or all) of Nash, Brouwer and Shore on ONE YEAR deals, it wouldn't hurt us long term, and it would allow them to grow under Colliton for another year. IMO, that would be huge for our chances in 2019-20 and beyond.
- tvetter

I created a possible lineup that includes all 3 at capfriendly:
https://www.capfriendly.c...m/armchair-gm/team/830378

I left 3 goalies because I don't think Crow will be ready at the start of the season.

Please keep in mind that this is just for fun, as I don't think Stan will sign any of these guys, let alone all 3.

- tvetter

A lineup like that would be a big step up if Nash and Brouwer were still in their prime. Shore may not be the best option either but is likely who would be attainable and hopefully serviceable given the circumstances.

I generally like your lineup idea not necessarily because of the exact player acquisitions but to give is an idea of what would help boost the team.
DarthKane
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: I love sarcasm.
Joined: 02.23.2012

Aug 9 @ 5:45 PM ET
Local product Christian Dvorak signs a nice contract today. Congrats
- TJYTJY



Drafted with the pick used to acquire Rundblad.

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