Chicago Blackhawks: repeat Stanley Cup champions

Hawks to face challenges in repeat attempt

July, 28, 2013
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Jonathan ToewsBruce Bennett/Getty ImagesJonathan Toews and the Blackhawks know it won't be easy to repeat as Cup champions.


CHICAGO -- Scotty Bowman knows a few things about repeating as Stanley Cup champions.

Bowman accomplished the feat four times in his coaching career. He repeated three consecutive times with the Montreal Canadiens in the 1970s and won back-to-back Cups with the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998. That Detroit team is the last one to win consecutive championships.

Bowman, who is the Blackhawks senior advisor for hockey operations and the father of Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman, admitted that the Blackhawks are facing a monstrous climb to become the first team in the 21st century to win consecutive Stanley Cups, but he didn’t believe it was impossible.

“It’s not an easy task,” Scotty said during the Blackhawks convention. “In the past 20 or 20-plus years, it’s only happened a couple of times and there’s a lot of factors going into it because when you do win the target’s on your back throughout the regular season.

“I think the first thing you do when you have a great team is you know you’re going to have some ups and downs. I always looked and now I look at the seven teams in our division; we’ve got to eliminate three of them. We’ve got to get in that top four. We want to be the best we can, but there’s a lot of factors that go into it. You’ve got injuries and you’ve got that target on your back all season long and it doesn’t go away because every time a team plays you they’re playing the Stanley Cup champion of the year previous and that’s the toughest part.”

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