The 2010 Chicago Blackhawks team was one of the most beloved — and dominant — in Windy City history.
Most Chicagoans will tell you they hated seeing the squad broken up.
So, good news on that front — several of those Cup-winning ‘Hawks will be getting back together for a one-time engagement.
“Champs for Charity” — the brainchild of ex-Hawk Adam Burish — will be played on Oct. 26 and feature a number of players that brought Chicago its first Stanley Cup in 49 years.
“It’s a good excuse to get everyone back together and play hockey and have fun,” Burish told the Chicago Tribune. “And we can tie in a charity that everyone feels good about and, No. 3, let fans watch hockey again.
“The people of Chicago can watch the team that they fell in love with when we won the Cup.”
Chicago’s love affair with that team was short-lived. A salary cap crunch prevented ‘Hawks brass from retaining several key components, many of whom were either traded or allowed to walk as free agents.
Case on point: Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Dave Bolland are the three lone current Chicago players set to partake in the event, featuring several displaced alumni from the ’10 squad: Brian Campbell (now with Florida), Troy Brouwer (Washington), Ben Eager (Edmonton), Andrew Ladd (Winnipeg), Jake Dowell (Minnesota), Kris Versteeg (Florida), John Madden (unattached) and Burish (San Jose).
Other NHL players currently scheduled to play are James Wisniewski, Craig Anderson, Ville Leino, Mike Brown, Antti Miettinen, Jared Boll, Tom Gilbert, Alex Goligoski, Al Montoya, Jack Johnson, Ryan Suter and Kimmo Timonen.
Proceeds from the game will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana.
UPDATE: No confirmation, but it sounds like Patrick Kane might be a participant as well.