The fans have spoken.
After racking up nearly six million votes from Nov. 28 to Dec. 31, the Blackhawks were selected as having the greatest uniform in league history, according to a recent NHL.com poll.
The sweater was originally designed in 1956 by Dorothy Ivan, who was the wife of then-team president and general manager Tommy Ivan, but there was a slight update made for the 1959-60 season and it has since remained the same for the most part. Here's a photo gallery of the jersey over the years.
“If you line up NHL jerseys, the Blackhawks stand out," Blackhawks legend Tony Esposito said. "I don’t know why, the color maybe? The big Native American head? It’s clear, it’s precise, it’s not helter-skelter. Maybe that’s what I like, the clarity of it. The red (home) jersey is so bright, and I think that’s what makes it stand out."
Said current Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews: "I think everyone always has viewed the logo as a classic logo that's timeless, almost, and obviously that has a lot to do with the history and tradition of an Original Six franchise. It's special for me to play in a city like Chicago, where there's that history of great players and teams that have won Stanley Cups and then you add the fact that they have that traditional look on the ice and you kind of get that excitement every time you wear the jersey."
The Hartford Whalers (1979-92) finished second in the voting, followed by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks (1993-2006). The Quebec Nordiques (1979-95) and Minnesota North Stars (1978-81) rounded out the top 5.
Check out the full Top 25 list here.
When the Blackhawks signed Darren Raddysh in 2017, it was because they didn't have many right-handed shot defensemen in the pipeline and he was an intriguing prospect coming off a season in which he was named the OHL's top blue liner.
But with Adam Boqvist, Henri Jokiharju and Ian Mitchell added to the mix over the last two NHL drafts, Raddysh was quickly jumped on the organizational depth chart. On Monday, the Blackhawks sent the 22-year-old prospect to the New York Rangers in exchange for forward Peter Holland, who will report to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.
Raddysh, who was teammates with Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome with the Erie Otters, led all IceHogs defensemen with 26 points this season. With the Rangers expected to be sellers ahead of the Feb. 25 trade deadline, there's a chance he makes his NHL debut before the year ends depending on which defensemen they move.
Holland's cap hit is $675,000 and he's set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The 28-year-old has appeared in 266 games with four different teams, but has yet to appear in an NHL game this season. He can play all for forward positions. His best season came with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2014-15 when he compiled 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points in 62 games, and had a shooting percentage of 11.8.
Holland leads the Hartford Wold Pack with 20 goals, 29 assists and 49 points in 52 games this season, and served as an alternate captain. He's a good presence to have in Rockford, where the Blackhawks can use some veteran leadership up front for its young guys.
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On this episode of Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle talks with Mike Tirico, who is doing play-by-play for the Blackhawks-Red Wings game on Wednesday night.
0:45 - Mike Tirico on how he got the call to call hockey
1:30 - Tirico's preparation for his first NHL play-by-play broadcast
4:15 - Patrick Kane continue's to impress as a veteran
6:20 - Can Tirico fit more NHL into his busy schedule?
8:20 - Will Tirico get nervous for his first NHL broadcast?
Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:
Blackhawks Talk Podcast