Blackhawks: What it's like to win the Conn Smythe Trophy

Blackhawks: What it's like to win the Conn Smythe Trophy
July 19, 2014, 6:15 pm
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Nina Falcone

Since acquiring Brad Richards, the Blackhawks have three Conn Smythe winners on their current roster — not a bad showing as they prepare to head into the 2014-15 season.

Richards joined new teammates Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane on a pretty elite panel at the seventh-annual Blackhawks Convention to talk about what it's like to become a Conn Smythe winner.

But while all three players were proud of what they had accomplished, they directed that attention back at their teammates throughout their championship seasons.

"I think back to when we won against Philadelphia," Toews recalled. "I don't want to say felt embarrassed, but I felt like there were so many guys on that team that deserved that trophy. I was very honored to receive it. You look at the names on that trophy, and it's absolutely amazing to be considered in that class and in that group.

"I think it's always reflective of just being part of an amazing team that bought into the system and bought into wanting to win. I think you're lucky to be recognized for being most valuable, so it's awesome."

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After winning the Conn Smythe in 2013, Kane said the trophy gave him an even greater desire to go out and put on a big performance in years to come.

"When you win it, it's something you can't take away from a person," he said. "I wouldn't say it solidifies yourself as a playoff performer, but you know you have the ability to do it and you want to prove that every year."

Richards took home the hardware back in 2004. He said that being named the most valuable player that postseason took some time to sink in, but now it serves as the cherry on top to what was already an exciting year with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"When you're out there celebrating with your teammates, it's kind of hard to remember that there's even a Conn Smythe Trophy presentation because you want the Stanley Cup so bad," Richards said. "You can't win without probably 10 guys having career playoff performances. When you're fortunate enough to do that and have great teammates and win a Stanley Cup, you can kind of look back at it now as a nice bonus to the championship."