In 2010, several members of the Blackhawks were honored at the United Center after winning Olympic medals for their respective countries.
Patrick Sharp jealously watched on the bench, wishing he could have been a part of the ceremony. Fast forward four years later and Sharp, who is now a two-time Stanley Cup champion, will get a chance to represent Canada with his Hawks' teammates Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith in Sochi.
"I can't wait to get over there and represent the Blackhawks, myself, my family and my country of Canada," Sharp said. "I remember in 2010 being so jealous of all those Blackhawks going over there and doing so well and winning gold, sliver and bronze medals. It's something I worked really hard for and I can't wait to get over there and do my best."
Team Canada brought home the gold medal in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and are heavy favorites to repeat as the tournament champions. Keith, who got to see ice time with teammate Brent Seabrook in Vancouver, will head to Sochi without his defensive partner.
But nonetheless, Keith is excited for his second trip to the Olympics and is honored to represent Canada and the Hawks.
"Whenever you represent your country, it's a cool feeling," Keith said. "I remember going to see Team Canada in orientation camp when I was about 18 or 19 years-old and looking at those guys out on the ice, just how good they were, they were my heroes. Now, to be named on that team, it's my second time, it's a good feeling. It feels good to be part of that group."
The Olympic break comes at a good time for the Blackhawks, who just dropped the finale of a lengthy six-game road trip. They sit towards the top of the Western Conference and are in good position to defend their 2013 Stanley Cup title.
And as much as the 10 members heading to Sochi want to bring home a medal, they all know what the No. 1 task at hand is, and that's bringing Lord Stanley back to Chicago for a second straight summer.
"When I was a kid it was all about Stanley Cups," Sharp said. "I Just wanted to be a hockey player, I wanted to play in the NHL and raise that cup. I think I've raised it 1000 times on my driveway and outdoor rinks ... For the last 10 or 12 years I've been really excited about the Olympics and that big stage, but to win those Stanley Cups with the Blackhawks, it's something I'll always remember."