April 21, 2014 |
Could the Blackhawks-Blues series be any more tense? No, we're seriously asking. Between St. Louis captain David Backes getting his head pounded like a pinata and Brent Seabrook's suspension, these teams won't be best friends anytime soon. Jonathan Toews' early goal stood up Monday thanks to Corey Crawford's 34 saves in a 2-0 shutout at the United Center. Marcus Kruger tacked on an empty-netter, and the Hawks head into Wednesday's game at home trailing the series just two games to one. In the meantime, several players earned punishments of their own in Game 3 on Monday. ...
April 17, 2014 |
Rachel Carrington darted toward the sliding puck to block it with her stick and prevent her opponent from scoring in the hockey game. The defender was participating in an April scrimmage off the ice. In fact, her team was at least seven feet underwater. At the bottom of a pool. Welcome to underwater hockey. While the city hopes the Blackhawks repeat as Stanley Cup champs, these athletes have a different kind of hockey fever. "What's underwater hockey? I say it's the best sport ever," said Carrington, a 28-year-old Evanston resident.
March 13, 2014 |
YOU'RE NOT EVEN CLOSE, CHICAGO By Sean Ely Two Original Six teams. Two storied franchises. Two staples in sports branding. Two organizations you can't forget to mention when talking "hockey" in any context. But when comparing the Detroit Red Wings to the Blackhawks, what you do NOT have is a pair of teams who both have ride-and-die, never-stray-no-matter-what, loyal fan bases who live and breathe professional shinny. Nah, sorry. In that narrative, only one squad remains worth mentioning.
March 11, 2014 |
AUSTIN, Texas It's been 11 days since the Blackhawks invaded Soldier Field as a snowstorm hammered Chicago. That seemed more distant this weekend, when reps from the team and the NHL headed to South by Southwest to discuss the Stadium Series. We loved rolling in the snow outside the stadium, watching crews frantically clearing the ice with shovels and scrolling through Instagram pics of beer so cold it turned to slush. But how did the game come to be? And will the Hawks do it again?
February 27, 2014 |
Soldier Field in March may be just as brutal as a December football game. The Hawks on Friday will test the outdoor ice rink on the field before the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series matchup with Pittsburgh on Saturday. Playing in Chicago has turned some of the Blackhawks into football fans. "Being from Canada, I know we have the CFL," forward Bryan Bickell said. "It's tough to follow. I'm not a big fan of the CFL. Being in Chicago for as long as I have been, I'm a Bears fan definitely.
February 20, 2014 |
Four skaters line up next to each other. Once the gates open, it's a slippery free-for-all. The skaters race down the 45-degree start ramp, trying to find an edge. They hustle up hills and swing around banked turns. Drops and big-air jumps invade their path, yet they still jockey for position. Some wipe out, while others reach speeds of 40 mph along the 430-meter course. Welcome to Red Bull Crashed Ice, aka the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship. Athletes from all over the world, including two from the Chicago area, will gather in St. Paul, Minn., this week to...