New fans of the Chicago Blackhawks have a pretty different experience than long-time fans. The Blackhawks recent success feels like more of a vindication for veteran fans while new fans have been attracted to the rebuilt franchise. Dynamic players and a couple of championships haven’t hurt either.
There are certain experiences that we new Blackhawks fans have because of our infant enthusiasm and inexperience with old-time hockey and Blackhawks history. We’re more of a live-in-the-moment type of hockey fan, and that can cause weird reactions in normal situations and even a little bit of friction between us and the more experienced Blackhawks fans. Here’s what I’m talking about:
When people talk about the greatness of the old Chicago Stadium.
When people mention the “dark ages” of the Blackhawks.
When we hear the United Center was half empty in earlier Blackhawks games.
Using Patrick Sharp to convince our female friends to watch hockey with us.
Meeting a veteran Blackhawks fan and they quiz you about the team’s history.
When we first start making fun of other NHL teams.
After one of those crazy games against the Edmonton Oilers.
When non-hockey friends make fun of the Blackhawks and push it too far.
When we see someone wearing a Blackhawks jersey in public.
When people ask us about Blackhawks captains besides Toews.
What are some of the common reactions that you’ve had?