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Blackhawks hope to repeat despite playing into late June

From ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers:

Everyone has a different definition of what makes up a dynasty but most would agree if the Chicago Blackhawks win another Stanley Cup championship the word would apply to them.

"In 2010 you guys waited 49 years to do this," forward Patrick Sharp said at a rally on Friday to celebrate this year's title. "This year we waited three years, what do you say we get back here and do it again next year?"

No team has repeated as Stanley Cup champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998. That Wings team also won it all in 2002. That's what the Hawks have their sights set on.

"We have some young players here with pretty impressive resumes at a young age," Joel Quenneville said recently. "And they're competitive and they want to do well and want to win. That's a good thing."

Marian Hossa is the oldest member of the "core" at 34. Sharp is 31 while star defensemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook are 29 and 28, respectively. Then there's Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, both in just their mid 20's.

"The core is special here," Kane said. "They did a great job of keeping it together. I don't see why we can't do it (again). It's a fun feeling going out there every night knowing you have a chance to win a hockey game. Hopefully we can keep that feeling and win a few more because we have something special here. Everyone wants to stick around and be a part of it."

Continued, and good luck given that it's June 28th and that most of you won't even start your off-season training regimens until late July. Ten weeks till training camp. Hope your bumps and bruises and torn ligaments heal reeeeeeeeaaaly fast...

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