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from Carol Slezak of the Chicago Sun-Times,
When Rocky Wirtz officially welcomes fans to the Blackhawks Convention this evening, his greeting might be drowned out by chants of ‘‘Rock-y, Rock-y.’’ When he mingles with fans, he likely will be asked to pose for pictures and sign autographs.
Truth be told, Wirtz will feel a little uncomfortable if these things happen because being front and center really isn’t his style. But he’s not about to complain. The way the Hawks’ chairman sees it, the convention is another opportunity for the organization to reach out to fans, and a happy fan base is good for business.
from Jay Mariotti of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Hang some ivy. Rent the rooftops. Use the center-field scoreboard. Play the organ. Open the Cubby Bear and Harry Caray’s. Let the bleacher creatures mate and throw back flying pucks. Have players dress in the clubhouses. Tell Ronnie Woo Woo to stay at home. Ask the singer to do winter jingles between periods as the Zambrano—I mean, the Zamboni—cleans the ice.
And, please, ban all goat references.
added 9:03am, from Darren Pang at the Coyotes website,
I am looking forward to experiencing the walk into Wrigley. I just want to see the boards and the ice and the look on the faces of the players as they step onto the ice. It won’t be the 24 steps it once took to reach the ice surface from the locker room at the Stadium, but it is going to be darn close, I’m sure.
I am looking forward to seeing the Blackhawk Alumni, one of the best in all of sports. The Hawks will make sure they are a part of the festivities and the old players have been looking forward to being a part of a special hockey event in Chicago for some time. After all, for years they were the ones that had to answer all the negative questions and criticism from the dwindling fan base.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
“TThe NHL is delighted to bring its most historic rivalry to one of the most historic venues in sports,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “We thank Rocky Wirtz and John McDonough for their vision. We thank Mike Ilitch and the Red Wings for their cooperation. And we thank Mayor Daley, in advance, for the warm welcome we know the City of Chicago will extend to our newest tradition.
“We also acknowledge the interest and efforts of the New York Yankees and the City of New York throughout the NHL Winter Classic 2009 site selection process. We look forward to continuing discussions regarding the possibility of a future Winter Classic game at the new Yankee Stadium.”
much more on the Winter Classic…
from Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune via the Santa Barbara Press,
It will become officially official Wednesday: The NHL will award the 2009 Winter Classic to the Blackhawks, who will play host to Detroit at Wrigley Field on Jan. 1, according to an industry source.
For weeks it has been believed Chicago would land the outdoor game. About the only mystery has been when the puck would drop. It will be at noon, and NBC will televise the game.
Survival was part of the game…
Since the hockey news is at a minimun at this time of year, I thought you may enjoy this feature on Hockey Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay.
from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
The Hawks would line up with Jonathan Toews, Robert Lang, Dave Bolland and Adam Burish down the middle if the season opened today.
“(Patrick) Sharp is another center, too, but for me not to put him in that position with those two kids, it would be tough for me to take him away from that,” Savard said, referring to a top line of Toews, Patrick Kane and Sharp. “They played so well together.”
more on the Blackhawks…
via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,.
I wouldn’t be shocked to see Nikolai Khabibulin become an Av at some point. No, probably not before the season. But come trade deadline time - if Huet is playing well in Chicago and Peter Budaj isn’t here - I think it will be an easy call that the Avs would be among the highest bidders for his services.
From Len Ziehm at the Chicago Sun-Times:
The third day of the Blackhawks’ prospects camp ended early Wednesday when defenseman Simon Danis-Papin hit the ice face-first with a scary neck injury.
Danis-Papin, at 6-7 the tallest player in the Hawks’ organization, collided with a teammate early in the third period of a scrimmage. He was largely motionless while trainer Mike Gapski and his staff administered medical treatment for about 20 minutes.
Fortunately, good news today. Blackhawks team physician Dr. Michael Terry issued this statement this morning:
“Simon was involved in an inadvertent, high-energy collision yesterday and as a normal precautionary measure we brought him in to further examine the severity of his injury. All tests performed were negative and confirmed he suffered a strain and contusion to his neck. He was released from the hospital and will miss the remainder of the prospect camp but we expect him to be fully recovered soon.”
“I’m really excited about what this club can do,” (Brian) Campbell said. “The main thing for me was going to a place that loves hockey and sells out their building and wants to win. I think the [Hawks] organization has proven that.
“This town is going to embrace us. I can’t wait for that [and] I can’t wait to show my personality to my teammates … to the fans and the media and get the excitement going in the city for the Blackhawks.”
via Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune
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