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from Jed Lockett of the Bluefiend Daily Telegraph,
Note: This is the final part of Jed Lockett’s chronicle of a trip with his mother Nora to the National Hockey League Winter Classic, played on Jan. 1 at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.
Wrigley Field is one of those rare sporting venues that has a certain magic about it. You can feel the history, the tradition and the meaning of the place. Just getting there can be a religious experience….
Chicago Blackhawks fans have a tradition that began in 1985 during a playoff series against the Edmonton Oilers. They clap and yell and make as much noise as possible during the national anthem. Two nights earlier in Detroit, a pair of visiting Chicago fans clapped throughout the song and it sounded odd. But when those two were added to an additional 30,000 as well as fireworks, explosions and a flyover from a pair of fighter jets, it made for a breathtaking experience.
from Greg Couch of the Chicago Sun-Times,
See Patrick Kane get a little uppity because someone checked him or elbowed him in the throat. Or smacked him in the head. See the Blackhawks learn how to go through their first little slump. See other teams testing the Hawks, hitting them in the mouth and into the boards to let them know that they’re not kings yet.
Truth is, the Hawks aren’t even grown up yet. We’re still in the early learning stages. They are the one bit of fresh air in Chicago sports now, what with the Bulls collapsing and Lovie Smith trying to figure out whom he can blame for his Bears.
This was published yesterday but we only just came across it today. From Adam Burish, winger for the Chicago Blackhawks, in his Chicago Sun-Times blog Dropping the Gloves:
You will not see a hockey player call his own press conference in his front yard with his shirt off, doing sit-ups, and saying how great he is. You will not see a hockey player tell the media how stupid practice is, and how stupid his coach is for not starting him. And you will not see a hockey player bring a gun into a club and accidentally shoot himself.
I know some people will say, ‘well what about Sean Avery.’ Sean Avery recently said he doesn’t understand why other players in the league seem to take his “sloppy seconds,” in reference to another hockey player who is dating his ex-girlfriend. Stupid, I know, but is that the worst thing you’ve heard an athlete say? I don’t think so. In no other sport will you see a team hand out the type of punishment Sean Avery received for it.
via Tim Sassone of Between the Circles,
Yes, the Hawks are going to honor Tony Amonte and Bob Probert with a “Heritage Night,” which pretty much consists of them dropping the puck like Larmer did.
I can see saluting Amonte, but Probert? Why? Ya, he was popular and all, but that’s about it. His best years were in Detroit and he’ll always be a Red Wing.
I’m all for a Dave Manson night. Nobody loved Charlie more than me, one of my favorite Hawks ever, and a great guy.
But how about Dirk Graham? He’s one of the greatest captains and leaders in Hawks history, playing on one leg on most nights later in his career.
Get your wallet out and start bidding!
Patrick Kane’s jersey is at $2620 and Pavel Datsyuk’s is at the bargain price of $1220.
Ken Daniels mentioned tonight on the Wings broadcast Brett Lebda is still looking for the puck he scored with in the Winter Classic. Well, he can keep looking all he wants or start bidding at $110.
Check out all of the auction items.
from Famonn Brennan of NBC Chicago,
The gulf was so wide, even casual hockey observers took notice. It was obvious even to people who don’t know what offside is all about that the Red Wings were stronger, faster, and more complete—a scary real-life version of a “Mighty Ducks” movie villian. They even look intimidating.
(It should be noted here that this also goes for the Sharks—the Hawks are 0-3-3 against the top two teams in the West, and 21-5-4 against everyone else. This feels like talent threshold at work, doesn’t it?)
Perhaps the Hawks just aren’t on that level, even if last night’s win against the Flames would seem to say otherwise. Who knows, really, why the Hawks struggle with the Wings? We can probably chalk it up to a bad two games against a superior team, and leave it at that. But the Blackhawks already won over this city. That damage is done. Now it’s time for a new goal, one chanted nearly as often as “Detroit sucks”:
via Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,
Patrick Kane won’t be in the lineup Sunday against Calgary after aggravating his right ankle injury in the Winter Classic.
Kane and coach Joel Quenneville called it a day-to-day situation with Quenneville saying the Hawks’ leading scorer would accompany the team on its three-game road trip to Phoenix, Colorado and Nashville. “It’s nothing long term,” Quenneville said.
from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
Three Blackhawks are set to be Western Conference starters Jan. 25 in the 57th NHL All-Star Game in Montreal.
When fan voting closed at 7:59 p.m. Friday, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews were leading the voting among forwards and Brian Campbell topped defensemen. The official announcement with final totals will be made Saturday….
The Anaheim Ducks would have the other three starters with Ryan Getzlaf third among forwards, Scott Niedermayer second among defensemen and Jean-Sebastien Giguere leading goaltenders.
a little more
via the Florida Panthers Blog at the Sun-Sentinel,
The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Blackhawks have been invited to open the 2009-10 season in Prague, Czech Republic and that the Panthers will likely be the opponent.
Chicago team president John McDonough told the Tribune that Blackhawks had been extended an invitation, and added, “nothing has been finalized. We’ll know sometime in the near future.” The newspaper cited an unnamed source saying that Blackhawks’ opponent would be the Panthers.
Asked about the validity of the report this afternoon, Panthers team president Michael Yormark said, “No comment” through team spokesman Justin Copertino
from Gene Laverty of Bloomberg,
The Detroit Red Wings’ 6-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks yesterday at Wrigley Field topped last year’s National Hockey League outdoor game by 12 percent in preliminary television ratings.
The game at the home of baseball’s Chicago Cubs was the third annual outdoor contest and had an overnight rating of 2.9, according to Nielsen Media Research. That tops the 2.6 rating for last year’s match in snowy Buffalo, New York, between the Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins, which had the biggest television audience for an NHL game since 1996.
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