June 9, 2013 |
The Blackhawks have taught me the joy of being a fair-weather fan. Like most sports fans, I used to view the fair-weather fan with derision: a scum-sucking bottom feeder who sits out the bad times and wanders in for the victory party. Yet watching the Blackhawks make their run this season, I've come to understand that being a fair-weather fan - who barely knows what's going on, who doesn't actually care about the outcome of any game - is awesome. Admittedly, I don't care for hockey.
June 5, 2013 |
At some point in Thursday's Blackhawks-Kings game, a forecheck is going to be given with juuust a bit too much vigor. A skater will spray juuust a bit too much snow in the goalie's face. Chirping will turn into shoving, and shoving will become a brawl. And a real hockey rivalry will be born. These teams haven't played often enough to engender the deep, dark hockey hatred that only comes from repeated exposure and repeated cheap shots. But the combination of uber-high expectations in Chicago and "Hey, aren't we the defending champs?"
May 22, 2013 |
The Bulls have been eliminated from the playoffs by their chief rival, Miami. Meanwhile, their United Center roommates, the Blackhawks, are in the midst of a postseason showdown with archrival Detroit. Because they share an arena, the Bulls and Blackhawks are generally supportive of one another, and you'll often see the basketball players come out and support the hockey players and vice versa. So RedEye asked the Bulls if playing in Chicago has raised their interest in hockey and if they'd ever ditch their sneakers for skates and go out on the ice and attempt a shot.
May 7, 2013 |
Here's what Blackhawks players had to say about fans attending practice: COREY CRAWFORD 7th year on Hawks [Fans] obviously enjoy it. It's good for them to come in and see what we do on days when we're not playing. All the hard work we do, all the drills and stuff. It's fun for them just to see that part of it. My first year I thought it was pretty cool. I'd never really had that before in my career, whether it be junior or in the minors or stuff. It only really started when I came here and got to see all the fans here in the stands.
May 7, 2013 |
The newest member of the Blackhawks family was born early Tuesday, to defenseman Duncan Keith and his wife: Colton Duncan Keith (7 pounds, 7 ounces). Good, strong name. And far be it for us to attempt to wield influence on what the Keiths should name their offspring ... actually, it's fun, so that's what we're gonna do. Maybe they'll change their minds. So presenting, RedEye's top 10 names for Duncan Keith's son--with help from our Twitter followers. 10. Anything but Raffi He knows what he did. 9. Anything to which you can...
April 30, 2013 |
The Blackhawks have been hot all season. Heading into their playoff opener against Minnesota on Tuesday at the United Center, the Hawks used a 24-game points streak to start the season as a springboard to dominating the NHL in 2013. Their attraction extends beyond their win total, too. Cosmopolitan unveiled its list of the hottest hockey players in the 2013 playoffs, and the man on top is familiar: Hawks winger Patrick Sharp. His teammates - and the rest of the NHL - can be jealous of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, too, as they're second and 12 t h ...