These are the glory days of the Chicago Blackhawks franchise.
The team won Stanley Cup championships in 2010 and 2013, and the presence of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith means the Blackhawks should remain in Stanley Cup contention for the foreseeable future.
Even though the Blackhawks have been playing in the NHL since the 1926-27 season, they have only won the cherished chalice five times. So, every time the Blackhawks come away with the title, it can be viewed as a surprise when speaking from a historical perspective.
Surprises come in all forms. While the Blackhawks have only won three Stanley Cups since the start of the 1938-39 season, they have had teams that have dominated in the regular season but failed to live up to their talent in the playoffs. Those seasons can also be looked at as surprises.
In this piece, we look at the five most surprising seasons in Chicago Blackhawks history.