How will Chicago Blackhawks fans decide which team(s) to root for in the Stanley Cup Playoffs when their favorite team isn’t in the playoffs?
It’s simple: root for former Blackhawks.
There are several former Blackhawks players and coaches set to have their teams compete in the playoffs along with Illinois natives Craig Anderson of Barrington (Washington Capitals), J.T. Compher of Northbrook (Colorado Avalanche), Ryan Hartman of West Dundee (Minnesota Wild), and John Moore of Winnetka (Boston Bruins).
The individuals below include former Blackhawks players and coaches in their current roles with their respective teams.
Steel alum: Jaccob Slavin
Anthony Duclair, Gustav Forsling, Lucas Wallmark
Others: Joel Quenneville (head coach), Andrew Brunette and Ulf Samuelsson (assistants)
Tampa Bay Lightning
Craig Anderson, Trevor van Riemsdyk
Bruce Cassidy (head coach), Kevin Dean (assistant)
Steel alums: John Moore, Dan Vladar
New York Islanders
Toronto Maple Leafs
Justin Holl (CHI 2010 second-rounder) is with Toronto, but the highest level he reached with Chicago was two games with the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL.
Dominik Kahun, Slater Koekkoek
Jim Playfair (assistant coach)
Jamie Kompon (assistant coach)
Phillip Danault, Michael Frolik, Erik Gustafsson
Dennis Gilbert (also Steel alum), Brandon Saad, Carl Soderberg
Vegas Golden Knights
Robin Lehner, Mattias Janmark
Ryan McGill (assistant coach)
Brett McLean (assistant coach)
St. Louis Blues
Steel alum: MacKenzie MacEachern