Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Young Hawk Andrew Ladd

As I have lamented here before, the Chicago Blackhawks of my youth were not very good. The Hawks had a brief resurgence in the late 80's-early 90's period, but then fell on hard times, really, really hard times. Now infused with some great young talent, the Hawks are on the rise again.
Left winger Andrew Ladd was picked #4 overall in the 2004 NHL draft by the Carolina Hurricanes. The Hawks were fortunate to get him midway through the 07-08 season. At only 23, Ladd is on the verge of becoming an outstanding player for the Hawks.
I have always said that on average, hockey players are the most polite of all sports stars. I don't know if it is because they are not used to a lot of notoriety or some other reason. However, if Ladd and the Hawks keep improving, nototiety will not be an issue much longer.
Andrew Ladd, Matt Parker and me in Mokena, IL-January 2009.

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