Casting the 2013 Chicago Blackhawks with Chicago Bears


Jun 11, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view of the Stanley Cup Final logo on the ice during media day in preparation for game one of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

I know, I know.  This is a Chicago Bears site.  So what the heck am I doing posting Blackhawks stuff on a Bears blog.  Well, first of all, it’s my site and I’ll post what I want to.  Second, it’s rare that a Chicago team plays for a championship, so I’m throwing my support and civic pride behind our Blackhawks.  If you don’t want to read; no hard feelings.  There are plenty of Chicago Bears notes on our home page.  Dive in and enjoy.

In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to kick off the Stanley Cup Final by casting the 2013 Chicago Blackhawks with Chicago Bears players.  If you’re not an avid Hawks fan, it might help you understand who’s who by mapping the Hawks to a comparable Bears player and have some fun along the way.  Here we go:

Matt Forte- Jonathan Toews

No nonsense leaders by example that can do everything

Jay Cutler-Patrick Kane

Both possess  the most raw talent can be frustrating at times considered soft at times but also clutch.  Has nothing to do with their reputations for partying hard.

Peanut Tillman- Marian Hossa

Tough defensive player but can turn defense into offense in the blink of an eye

Alshon Jeffrey-Brandon Saad

Huge first year players with loads of talent and nothing but a bright offensive future on the horizon

Lance Briggs- Duncan Keith

The captain of the defense makes all the plays

Brandon Marshall- Patrick Sharp

All offense

Devin Hester- Michael Frolik

Limited regular playing time but great on special teams

Tim Jennings- Niklas Hjalmarsson

Better than expected

Shea McClellan-Andrew Shaw

Young high motor players

Jun 8, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell (29) during the first period in game five of the Western Conference finals of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Julius Peppers- Bryan Bickell

They just make plays

Henry Melton- Brent Seabrook

Can be great or totally disappear but the team is better when they are playing good

Johnny Oduya – Major Wright

Take chances sometimes when they shouldn’t, which can lead to making you scream either in excitement or disdain.

Nick Leddy – Chris Conte

Learning their way and like Leddy did this year, it is a big year for Conte to make a leap.

DJ Williams – Dan Carcillo

Potential for big plays and suspensions

Kelvin Hayden – Dave Bolland

Both were once upon a time big minute players, now relegated to role players that help the teams

Corey Wootton – Michal Handzus

Willing to mix it up, get dirty and do the little things with the ability to pop a big play.

Roberto Garza – Corey Crawford

Both quiet leaders and obviously extremely important to the teams

J’Marcus Webb – Michal Rozival

Both show flashes, but sometimes someone is flashing around them too

What do you think?  If you’re a hardcore fan of both teams, what did we get right and what did we get wrong?  Which Bears players were miscast?

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