Let’s take a trip ahead to 2022.
The coronavirus pandemic has been left in the past and the sports world has returned to its regular schedules. The White Sox are in the midst of a World Series title defense and the Bears are preparing for another 16-game schedule comprised of their typical mixture of suffocating defense with frustratingly mediocre offense. There’s a buzz around soccer, too, after the United States men’s national team raced to the semifinals of the 2022 World Cup on the backs of Christian Pulisic and Weston McKinnie.
For the Blackhawks, it’s been two years after general manager Stan Bowman embarked on a weeklong media tour, declaring the team was looking to supplement its proven veteran talent with a multitude of younger stars.