In June, the Chicago Blackhawks ended a 49-year drought between Stanley Cup championships. Patrick Kane scored an overtime game-winner that wasn't seen by the officials, so the celebration had to be reserved for roughly 60 seconds until video replay confirmed the goal.
The celebration was far from reserved when the Hawks came home and held their championship parade through the streets of Chicago. Chicago Police estimates are that over two million fans showed up to let their heroes know how much they appreciated the effort.
But the parade ended.
And the two million people went home.
And reality set in for Blackhawks management.
Less than a week after that incredible parade, the exodus out of Chicago began. With new contracts kicking in for the Blackhawks three best players—Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, and Kane—there was going to be significant roster changes coming for the champions.
Let's remember who's gone.