Jonathan Toews somehow had never heard of the famed Sports Illustrated cover jinx.
So he's not terribly concerned about it, either.
"It's not too often a hockey team makes it on there, so it can't be that bad, right?" he said.
The Blackhawks are on the national cover of this week's SI, their first national cover in more than four decades, and the first hockey national cover since 2010. Even when they won the Stanley Cup in 2010, all the Hawks got was a regional cover.
The cover anoints the Hawks as "The franchise that brought hockey back," crediting their 24-game point streak with giving the NHL a desperately needed boost in the wake of its third lockout in 18 years.
"It's pretty cool," Toews said. "It's definitely high praise for our team, and [after] what was tough times for our sport a few months ago, it's cool to see where it is right now, and at least how our team is going here in Chicago. The fans have come back full force and we've put everything on the line so far to try and play some exciting hockey for our fans, and it's great that it's being noticed. We want to keep that going. Our fans deserve to show up to the United Center every night and see an exciting brand of hockey. We've got a good team here and a lot of potential. Who knows where it's going to go?"
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville was glad for the recognition, too, but wants to move on from the streak -- particularly after two straight losses. The Hawks begin a four-game road trip Thursday against red-hot Columbus, a team that's given the Hawks fits this season.
"It's been a wonderful start, we've had a lot of fun with it," Quenneville said. "Now that the streak is over, I think we're kind of fine-tuning where we're at. We all had a lot of fun, game in, game out, and gathered a lot of attention as we went along, I think the guys handled it very well through that process. But now we have to get back to taking care of business."
As for the jinx?
"I think that's why we got beat," Quenneville said with a laugh.