Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Celebrate with the Blackhawks on Instagram and Twitter

source @chicagoblackhawksnation on IG
Updated 3/26/14

Wow, the Blackhawks win their second Stanley Cup in 4 years in a hard fought battle with the Boston Bruins.  The series included a total of 5 overtime periods and 3 series lead changes.  It was a battle to the end that looked like it was going 7 games before the Blackhawks scored two goals in the final 1:16 minutes of the game to erase a 2-1 deficit and win 3-2.

Now the celebration begins and you can follow the parties, movement of the Stanley Cup and fun with Blackhawk players on Instagram and Twitter.  To help you follow the fun, here are the handles for a group of the Blackhawk players.  Of course, not all of them have IG and Twitter accounts, but several do.  It is skewed toward younger players as you would expect but some of the older guys have caught on too.

Congrats, Blackhawks and enjoy a sweet summer off.

Team Blackhawks
source @nhlblackhawks on IG
You can follow the PR folks for the Blackhawks on both IG and Twitter.  They are much more active than the players and have already started posting lots of photos of the Stanley Cup celebrations.  This should be your first stop because you will get the most content.
On Tw @NHLBlackhawks
On IG @nhlblackhawks
346 photos 132,000 followers

Bryan Bickell
Bix really came into his own this post-season and unfortunately that probably means he will be on another team after being paid a lot of money during free agency.  However, fans can savor the memory of his play on the road to the Cup in which he scored 9 goals (after only scoring 9 all regular season) and delivering big hits throughout.  He is active on both IG and Twitter. 
On Tw @bbicks29
On IG @bbickell
45 photos 6,800 followers

credit @davebolland on Twitter
Dave Bolland
Okay growing up as hockey player you dream of putting in the game winning goal in the 7th game of the Stanley Cup finals. Well Mr. Bolland, you just came damn close by winning the Stanley Cup on a last minute goal in game 6 of an amazing Cup Finals. Take a bow, please!
On Tw @davebolland
No IG account

Brandon Bollig
Brandon is one of the few players that can claim to be a Chicago native so he holds a special place in the hearts of Blackhawks fans. He has been an integral performer during the entire season and playoffs and played significant minutes while Hossa and Toews were out.
On Tw @bollig87
On IG @bollig87
31 photos 3,700 followers

Daniel Carcillo
Daniel did not get play many minutes in the playoff run but he was a huge contributor during the season.  He delivered big hits throughout the regular season and even scored a game winning goal to help the Blackhawks continue their streak to 24 games to open the season.
On Tw @carbombboom13
No IG account

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Patrick Kane
Patrick Kane had an amazing season that he called the "best year of his life" that culminated in winning the Con Smythe Trophy for the best player during the NHL Playoffs. He was absolutely amazing scoring 9 goals and adding 10 assists. He was an absolute clutch performer that scored many of his goals when the team absolutely needed them. It was a huge maturing year for Patrick on his way to becoming an NHL Hall of Famer. While he has been on Twitter for a while, the IG account is new and not many know about it yet.
On Tw @88pkane
On IG @88p_kane
29 photos 1,300 followers

Duncan Keith
One could debate for hours on who is the more important defenseman for the Hawks, Keith or Brent Seabrook, but why debate? Rather, lets just say the two are both amazing and critical players in the Blackhawks stalwart defensive system. Keith and Seabrook anchor one of the best penalty killing units in the NHL that killed off 4 in the final game of the Stanley Cup Finals.
On Tw @duncankeith
No IG account

Marcus Kruger
Another of the Swedes on the Blackhawks, Marcus Kruger has become in integral part of their offense playing on the 2nd, 3rd or 4th line of the Hawks.
On IG @marcus_kruger_16
6 photos 450 followers

Nick Leddy
Nick Leddy is the youngest member of the Blackhawks defensive group at 22 years of age. He was an intregal part of the Hawks defense that held opposing teams to 1.84 average goals per game. Leddy is the future of Blackhawks defense.
On Tw @ledpipe08
From Sharp's feed @10psharp
No IG account

Jamal Mayers
One of the oldest Blackhawks, at 38, Jamal Mayers was a key part of the team during the regular season. He ate up decent minutes for the team during their amazingly pristine regular season run. While he did not enjoy many minutes during the playoffs, I am sure he is enjoying his first Stanley Cup Championship.
On Tw @jamalmayers
No IG account

Patrick Sharp
Patrick Sharp had an outstanding season and playoffs. He scored the most goals on the team, 10, and was 4th in total points with 16. He had a nose for the goal and benefited from some silky smooth assists by Patrick Kane while they played together on the second line.
On Tw @10psharp
On IG @10psharp
25 photos 1,300 followers

Andrew Shaw
Young Andrew Shaw, 21, is one of the most fun players to watch on the Blackhawks. He plays with reckless abandon and he always seems to be around the action. While we love him here in Chicago, I would guess he is the guy that opposing fans most hate because he is so fearless and reckless. He is a hitter, passer, scorer and general disrupter of the defense. He made the ultimate sacrifice in the 6th game of the Finals taking a puck to the face and coming back stiched and swollen to finish the game (see photo).
On Tw @shawz15er
On IG @shawz65
33 photos 11,000 followers

Ben Smith
Rookie Ben Smith is fresh out of Boston College so returning to Boston to win the Stanley Cup had to be a huge thrill. While he did not play a lot of minutes in the Finals, he did get to start game 3 in place of Marion Hossa (injured back/leg). Ben has huge potential and the Blackhawks are very excited about his future.
source @viktorstalberg25 on IG
On Tw @benasmith12
On IG @bensmith_28
10 photos, 1,000 followers

Viktor Stalberg
One of four Swedish players on the Blackhawks (see photo of four with the Cup at right), Stalberg is generally considered the fastest skater on the team. He has the ability put lots of pressure on the defense with his speed and get the puck to the goal very quickly.
On Tw @vstalberg
On IG @viktorstalberg25
4 photos 1,800 followers

This is one more great account to follow for Blackhawks fans. CBN posts a lot more photos than even the Blackhawks so you will get some great inside shots of the team and fans. They are bloggers that live and die Blackhawks, so definitely worth a follow.
On IG @chicagoblackhawksnation
1,700 photos 20,000 followers

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