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15 reasons to love the Blackhawks

Updated: April 30, 2009, 2:50 PM ET
By George Johnson | Special to ESPN.com

Hockey is back in the City of Big Shoulders. In a major way. And we who worship at the shrine of Elmer "Moose" Vasko could not be more ecstatic.

From the emergence of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane as Teen Beat heartthrobs to the icy excitement generated by the Winter Classic at venerable Wrigley Field, to the updating and reimagining of a franchise languishing in neglect, this is indisputably the Year of the Hawk.

Hey, they're young, they're fast, they're audacious, ...

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