Originally posted on Sports Mockery  |  Last updated 2/3/14
Chicago Blackhawks Hockey – The Chicago Blackhawks are a team that hockey players from all over dream to be a part of. Not only do they want to play in the Madhouse, with some of the greatest and loyal fans in all of hockey, but they want to be a part of a history making franchise. In all reality, is playing for the Chicago Blackhawks worth the wait? Some players made the decision to jump ship and head out to another NHL team to start the career. Other people see the history, the greatness and the overall worth in playing for a franchise such as the Chicago Blackhawks. (Image) Starting in the AHL for the IceHogs, the Blackhawks  AHL affiliate, is one way to try and earn your spot on the Blackhawks roster. Defenseman, Adam Clendening, sees his position on the IceHogs as a chance to play for the great Chicago hockey franchise, and views this as something that he will wait for his shot for. Clendening is currently the top defenseman prospect in the organization looking to make his way to the Blackhawks’ roster and he is willing to wait longer if necessary.  Clendening stated: “But I love this organization. We get treated just as good as an NHL team here with everything. They take care of their players so well. There’s so many good hockey minds here in the management. I think just being a part of it whether it’s going to take a little more time or not, if I do ever get a shot to play there, it’s a team that’s just going to be just good for the next 10-15 years. I think that’s a plus for the whole situation to wait a little longer this year.” Leading the IceHogs after 46 games, with 27 assists and 33 points, it seems this defenseman has a shot at joining that Blackhawks roster sooner rather than later. Although the Blackhawks already have a solid defensive line, with eight defensemen currently on the roster and six of those men signed to return next year, Clendening is not afraid to wait.   The 187 pound athlete is an offensive tool and is sharpening up his defensive game with direction from the Blackhawks.  Clendening believes that with these new skills and feedback he is getting, he is sharpening up his game, making him a better prospect.  This being his second year with the program, he is in no rush to jump to a different team, and he will continue to work until he can get his skill level to where he believes it should be. (Image) Some players however did not see the value in waiting a long time to become a Chicago Blackhawk. Understandable considering the strong roster the Blackhawks have had over the past several seasons. Players Ryan Stanton, who now plays for the Vancouver Canucks, decided to take their skill and talent elsewhere.  Clendening, being the good sport he is, commented on his former teammates leaving the IceHogs by saying, “Good for [Stanton and Olsen.] They got to move on and go somewhere, and they’re given a shot there.” Clendening wraps up his stance on staying with the IceHogs and the Blackhawks franchise by putting it simply, “It is what is. It’s just time and patience are the big things. You got to take this time while you’re down here and work on the little things and just fine-tune your game. Hopefully when you get a shot, you go up there and you’re able to stick. Hopefully you don’t have to come back.” _______ Source: ESPN Author informationOlivia HoganFeatured Columnist at Sports MockeryIf you have any questions or comments please contact info@sportsmockery.com - Thank you for reading.TwitterFacebookThe post Is Being a Blackhawk Worth the Wait? appeared first on Sports Mockery.
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