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Chicago Blackhawks: 2015 Convention Days 1 & 2

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Jun 15, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks players

Corey Crawford

(50) ,

Andrew Shaw

(65) and

Jonathan Toews

(19) celebrate after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in game six of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

On Day 2,  I arrived early to try to get a wristband for an Andrew Shaw picture. The Shaw wristbands were gone by 6:30 a.m. I instead got in line for Lemont native Scott Darling‘s picture wristband. I waited two hours for the Darling wristband, which I was lucky enough to receive. I decided on the second day I would attend panels. The first panel I attended featured the “Hull Brothers,”  Dennis Hull and Bobby Hull. This panel was funny and gave me a deeper appreciation for the current state of the Blackhawks. Bobby and Dennis joked about how awful the Blackhawks were under Bill Wirtz. Bobby went so far as to say the changes Rocky Wirtz made should have occurred 30 years ago.

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  • I decided to attend the Blackhawks Leadership panel next. The panel featured Rocky Wirtz, John McDonough, Jay Blunk, Stan Bowman, Al Macisaac and Chris Werner. This panel was very informative and gave me hope for the future. Macisaac, the vice president of hockey operations, gave a good review of why they moved the AHL franchise from Norfolk to Rockford. Bowman, the general manager, gave us some insight on how the Blackhawks liked Viktor Tikhonov and Artem Anisimov. Bowman and rest of the front office believe that both are strong two-way players. Both Bowman and Macisaac stressed that Blackhawks will have to be patient with Artemi Panarin, and that it might take time for him to develop.

    After feeling good about the future, I got my Darling picture. The picture was tagged to my badge and will be emailed to me after the convention has ended. I went to catch the “What’s Your Goal” event. I lucked out and caught the end of reliving in the playoffs, which featured Jonathan Toews and Andrew Desjardins. Toews and Desjardins took questions and left the audience with a smile. The “What’s Your Goal” panel was amazing. It featured many special guests who were shown in the videos. Christina from the Patrick Sharp video did not leave a dry eye in the entire ballroom.

    After drying my eyes off, I viewed one more panel, the “Showtime” panel. This panel featured Patrick Kane and Denis Savard. This panel was a lot of man love. Kane praised Savard as a player and a coach, while Savard praised Kane as a player and a person. They shared spin-o-rama and Stanley Cup stories. Savard talked about how he is happy to be in the Blackhawks family.

    I ended my second day at the Blackhawks Convention by waiting in line for a picture with the Stanley Cup. After three hours, I was able to get my picture with the Cup. As luck would have it, I got my picture with the Cup keeper himself, Philip Pritchard.

    Two days in the books, one day left.

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