Mar 25, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) scores a goal past Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) during the second period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Five Things Blackhawks Fans Can Look Forward to This Season
“Is it October yet?” Finally, we can answer with a resounding “YES!!!”
Blackhawks fans still have a little over a week to go before the first game of the season, when the Hawks travel to Dallas to face the Stars on October 9.
With no lockouts from the start and no Olympics to interrupt, it will be a long and steady push toward a shot at redemption. As long as the team stay healthy and motivated, the Blackhawks stand an excellent chance to bring the Stanley Cup back to Chicago.
As training camp and preseason games wind down, this fan has been reflecting on some of the things she is really excited about and looking forward to over the course of the 2014-2015 campaign.
5. Meeting the Salary Cap and Getting On With Life
It seems odd to say that this is something I look forward to. In fact, I partly dread it. I know that no matter who goes, it is ultimately for the good of the team. Yet I can honestly say I like all of the current Hawks for different reasons, and am chagrined that we have to part ways with any of them. On the other hand, it would be better just to get it over quickly. Rip the bandage off quickly rather than prolong the tortuous wait. Will we hear about the decision anytime before game day on the 9th? Who knows? But the sooner, the better to allow us to get over any possible earth-shattering trades.
4. Attending More Games
I come from a family that certainly loved its Chicago sports teams but mainly caught the games on TV or radio. It was not always easy, practical, or affordable to go, so I didn’t really make it much of a priority when I eventually had the means and ability to go on my own. But once you start going, it can be pretty addictive! Now that I will be living in the Chicago area again, moving back just in time for the start of a new season, I intend to go to as many games as my budget and schedule will allow.
3. Finally Getting to Rockford
The IceHogs may not exactly be a dominant force in the AHL as a team, but they certainly have provided some exceptional members to the past and present roster of the Blackhawks, which certainly is a dominant team in the NHL. At the end of the day, that is really what counts to most Hawks fans. It may be a bit of a hike for fans who live closer to Chicago than Rockford, but it seems like a worthwhile trade off to be able to watch up-and-coming players in action.