Any hockey fan knows of the historic rivalries of the Original 6 teams and of the special rivalry between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings. After decades spent perfecting both hatred and respect, the Blackhawks and Red Wings rivalry is alive and well and is one of the most sentimental aspects of hockey. This rivalry may begin with the two teams, but it doesn’t end there. It wouldn’t be anything without the follow through from their fans.
Fans of the Blackhawks and Red Wings have been rivals for just as long as their teams have been around. The short distance between the two cities means that plenty of fans from both sides show up to every game and have a battle of their own – a battle to either keep or take away home ice advantage with their cheers, chants and traditions. The rivalry between the fans is every bit as intense as the one played out on the ice.
But fighting against someone for that long turns into respect after a while and maybe even a little bit of appreciation. Both sets of fans know hockey and are deeply loyal to their team, traditions, and history. They cross paths often, and many live just across the lake from each other. Others live just down the street – in the middle of Virginia, or Oregon, or New Zealand. If you are a Blackhawks fan, no matter where you are, you are bound to find a Red Wings fan close by. The rivalry is too old and too fun to be confined to the metropolis areas of Chicago and Detroit. These fans are never far apart, detesting each other, trash talking, and loving hockey together.
Although the Blackhawks and Red Wings won’t be in the same division next season, the cities aren’t moving. Chicago and Detroit will still be there, and their fans at home and across nations will be the breath that keeps the rivalry alive for decades more. But right now, they’re preparing for another historic playoff series between two teams that know each other well and fans that know each other even better.
So Blackhawks fans, go ahead and make plans with your Red Wings fanatic friends to watch every game of this playoff series. There will be blood, sweat and tears – plus whatever happens in the games! May the best fans win!
Do you have any plans to watch the Blackhawks/Red Wings series with a rival fan?