With Corey Crawford becoming a Stanley Cup-winning goalie, the best NHL draft in recent history just got a little more remarkable.
Crawford was the Blackhawks' second-round pick in the 2003 draft (Brent Seabrook was the first rounder), and he shares what the decade-long journey was like when SportsNet Central continues its series of sitdown interviews we conducted during last weekend's Blackhawks Convention, following our coverage of tonight's Cubs-Brewers nightcap on Comcast SportsNet.
Corey may not exactly be sure where "The Belt" is after Conn Smythe winner Patrick Kane presented it to him at the championship rally in Grant Park, but we do discuss the feedback he received from his R-rated, feel-no-pain reaction to receiving it. One reaction was generally clear from Hawks fans as the playoffs rolled on: after hearing grumbles from the United Center at the slightest mistake, the first-name chants of approval were more and more common.
While he awaits the club naming a successor to his longtime mentor, Goaltending Coach Stephane Waite, he tells us there are no excuses not to be just as good when this short offseason ends. He also has a new "other half" after Ray Emery signed with Philadelphia, and discusses the relationship with, and admiration for, his new backup, Nikolai Khabibulin.