It's a New Year everyone! Hard to believe that 2015 is over, but while it was here, it did leave us some great memories in the world of hockey.
We all hope you have a great 2016 and update that wardrobe of yours with some Glass Bangers designs. With that said, we now leave you with some of our favorite parts of 2015.
The Tampa Bay Lightning may have fell just short of winning the Stanley Cup, but Tyler Johson's playoff performance was so much fun to watch. The undrafted Spokane native played with a chip on his shoulder, becoming the first Tampa Bay player to score multiple goals in three games in a series, just what you'd expect from an undrafted player.
Even though he broke his wrist going into the finals, he still played through it, although his output was very much limited. It was hard not to love the toughness and work ethic of Tyler Johnson during the 2014-15 playoffs.
Not to take away from what Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel have done in their rookie seasons, but while all the excitement during the 2015 draft surrounded those two, it's been Dylan Larkin who has surprised us with his rookie season for the Detroit Red Wings (although he was drafted in 2014, he didn't start playing in the NHL until this year).
Larkin has 13 goals and 12 assists heading into 2016 and sports a +/- of 20. Not too shabby for the Michigan native.
Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup:
Since 2010 only three teams have won the Stanley Cup. The L.A. Kings have two, the Boston Bruins have one and as of 2015, the Chicago Blackhawks now have three in that time span (2010, 2013, 2015).
In the salary cap era, it is hard to build a dynasty, but if there is one team who has come the closest to it, it's Chicago (ok, so L.A. hasn't done too bad either). Watching kiss the Stanley Cup once again was pretty remarkable.
Martin St Louis Retiring:
For someone who was born in the 80's, but grew up in the 90's, Martin St Louis was a player I looked up to growing up. You get used to seeing some of the "older" guys retire, but as the players you've watched since they joined the league start retiring? It kind of puts things in perspective.
I'm not saying that absolutely everyone loved St Louis, but I can honestly say that I have never met someone who doesn't. I am honored to say I got to watch one of the funnest players in the league throughout his whole career.