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Keeping Up With Former Blackhawks in 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Former Blackhawks players, Chicago Steel alumni, and Illinois natives are also set to contend for a Stanley Cup championship this spring.

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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.

Central Division

Carolina Hurricanes

Teuvo Teravainen

Steel alum: Jaccob Slavin

Florida Panthers

Anthony Duclair, Gustav Forsling, Lucas Wallmark

Others: Joel Quenneville (head coach), Andrew Brunette and Ulf Samuelsson (assistants)

Tampa Bay Lightning

Jan Rutta

Nashville Predators


East Division

Pittsburgh Penguins


Washington Capitals

Craig Anderson, Trevor van Riemsdyk

Boston Bruins

Bruce Cassidy (head coach), Kevin Dean (assistant)

Steel alums: John Moore, Dan Vladar

New York Islanders

Nick Leddy

North Division

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.

Edmonton Oilers

Dominik Kahun, Slater Koekkoek

Jim Playfair (assistant coach)

Winnipeg Jets

Marko Dano

Jamie Kompon (assistant coach)

Montreal Canadiens

Phillip Danault, Michael Frolik, Erik Gustafsson

West Division

Colorado Avalanche

Dennis Gilbert (also Steel alum), Brandon Saad, Carl Soderberg

Vegas Golden Knights

Robin Lehner, Mattias Janmark

Ryan McGill (assistant coach)

Minnesota Wild

Ryan Hartman

Brett McLean (assistant coach)

St. Louis Blues

Steel alum: MacKenzie MacEachern

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Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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