by Vince Maranto on 09/16/11 at 02:45 PM ET
Finally. This is it. Training Camp for the Blackhawks will begin tomorrow, Saturday, September 17, at the United Center. Once again, the hawks will open camp in grand tradition with a sold out celebration. (tickets for this event have remained $5 per person for the last 3 years). Outside events have included street hockey, bands, and kids games, a little something for every one. Inside the arena, Coach Q should be “miked up” again as the players go through the usual drills, scrimmages and other warm ups associated with a first time gathering of all.
Now, to get serious. As we know Patrick Sharp is slated to be out at least another 3 weeks sine the emergency surgery on his appendix. Also, as of this writing, Patrick Kane is waiting to get word on when he will be a go, for sure. ( I have not read, or heard anything yet official) Other than a few other bumps & dings—again that are official word—. Every one appears to be ready to go.
Check out the entire roster here if you’d like.
The Hawks will kick off the pre season on Tuesday, September 20, at 8:00 pm against the Oilers. From that game until October 2, the boys will play a total of 7 pre season games. This is yet another reason why the NHL gets it right. Unlike the NFL, and MLB’s ridiculously long spring training, a little over a couple of weeks and it’s for real—but that’s a topic for another day. FYI, televised games for the pre season are as follows; Sunday, September 25, the Hawks play Detroit at 4:00 on WGN. On Wednesday, September 28, on Versus, you cam watch the Red Wings and Hawks at 7:30 pm. Friday the 30th of September, will match the Hawks and Penguins at 7:30 on CSN Chicago. (All times Central, as they say)
I can’t wait to start watching hockey again (although I did see almost the entire NHL post season on the NHL Network this summer). It will be nice to write about what happened as well as what will happen.
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