As the Chicago Blackhawks celebrated their 2010 Stanley Cup championship against the Philadelphia Flyers in June of that year, they reveled in knowing they had ended decades of frustration with their first Cup in 49 years.
But it was just the beginning of what would be an outstanding stretch for the Blackhawks, who were voted NHL franchise of the decade by NHL.com and NHL.com International staff members.
"It's been special," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. "At the end of the day it's not easy, it's a lot of hard work. A lot of teammates and friends have come through this locker room and left to play for other teams or retire -- there's always a different scenario -- but I'm pretty thankful for what I've been able to be a part of. For me, Chicago has become a home. You're around the city, people are thanking you for the championships and that will never get old. Great memories and obviously a pretty special time when were able to make those Cup runs."
The Blackhawks also won the Stanley Cup in 2013 and 2015 and finished first in the Central Division in 2010, 2013 and 2016.