May 18, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates with teammates Marian Hossa (81) and Bryan Bickell (29) after scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period in game one of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
We’ve all heard of the many superstitions of hockey players. Some superstitions resound throughout the league while others are unique to the player. But hockey fans have their own superstitions, too. Some are unique to the team or unique to the fan, but all affect the outcome of the game, or at least how their team performs. Here are 5 superstitions of a Chicago Blackhawks fan.
Don’t say the word “shutout” or the Blackhawks won’t get it.
This one is a pretty common superstition for many hockey fans. You really want it, you’re really hoping for it, so you say it. Or someone else says it. And then the opposing team slips one by Corey Crawford. This particular superstition for me stems from the 2011-2012 season when the Blackhawks were the only team in the NHL to not have a shutout. But they were oh-so-close so many times until I or someone else spoke (or tweeted) that fateful word “shutout”.
You can’t jinx the opposing goalie by saying the word “shutout”.
The shutout superstition doesn’t apply to opponents. If the Blackhawks haven’t scored and it’s down to the last 5 minutes of the game, saying “I hope Kari Lehtonen gets a shutout” won’t have any affect. The superstition doesn’t fall for reverse psychology.
The Blackhawks will win if they play while you’re at work.
If we had our way, our work schedule would revolve around the Blackhawks game schedule. Since that’s nobody’s case, we have to miss a the few more interesting games – games that have dramatic or big wins in the Blackhawks favor. But that just makes it more fun to email your coworkers updates with links to game stats.
The Blackhawks will score on a power play when you leave the room.
“The Blackhawks are terrible on the power play, I’m not going to miss anything if I grab a drink really quick.” But yes, you will miss something. Which is fine because of replays and also your team just scored. It’s all good.
If you do watch a game, definitely wear Blackhawks paraphernalia.
Some Blackhawks fans think that watching the game is bad luck. But I think that it’s great luck – as long as you’re wearing their jersey, or T-shirt, or hoodie, or underwear, or at the very least holding a Blackhawks mug. The team senses this and it motivates them to play their hearts out. Just try it. You’ll see.
What are some of your Blackhawks superstitions?