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Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself

By Ericka McFee

Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

I’m actually not a man of wealth and taste – not the man or the wealth part, at least – but I am a new writer for Blackhawk Up. It seems appropriate for my first post to include a short self-introduction, along with just a few of the reasons why I’m a Blackhawks fan, and why I wanted to get involved with this site.

I wish I could tell you that I was born and raised in a hockey-crazed family, but sadly that’s not the case. I lived with my grandfather, who was obsessed with the Bears and the Cubs; he didn’t care much about other sports or teams. None of my classmates through elementary school or junior high talked much about hockey or the Blackhawks, although I went to high school with a girl who was a Red Wings fan (which I’m inclined to blame on Cameron from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, quite frankly). When I went to college downstate in Indiana, I knew someone who had a white away jersey, but even she didn’t talk about hockey or the Hawks that much.

Explaining precisely how I became a Hawks fan isn’t easy, except to say it was a gradual process for the most part. It is much easier, however, to tell you why I love hockey generally, and the Hawks in particular. Here are just a few reasons:

  1. I generally prefer fast-moving sports over slower moving sports. Even though there’s the occasional starting and stopping in hockey, it’s generally not long before play is resumed.
  2. In part because it’s so fast-moving, most games are very dramatic and tense. 17 seconds…need I say more on this point?
  3. The players are really quite the characters, both on and off the ice. If you haven’t checked out the Blackhawks TV channel on YouTube, you need to do so – post haste! You’ll see what I mean.
  4. They do a lot of great charity work, as an organization and individually. We could be cynical and just chalk it up to PR, but some of the players have their own charities (Keith Relief, Bryan & Amanda Bickell Foundation, etc.) and otherwise seem pretty  sincere when they volunteer.
  5. Even when the chips are down, they show a remarkable level of confidence and tenacity. My favorite post-game interview quote from last year’s Cup-clinching game was by goalie Corey Crawford: “Oh my God, we never quit. I never lost confidence. No one in our room ever did.” In praising and criticizing a team’s physical play, we often forget how important the mental aspect of the game really is.

When I saw a posting about an open position on the Blackhawk Up staff, I jumped at the chance. My previous social media interactions with the folks here have always been positive, and I figured since I’m always leaving extended comments online, why not turn my passion for the Hawks into a regular column? So, here I am. I hope you find my posts both enjoyable and informative.