Every year around the holidays, the Chicago Blackhawks release a video featuring some of their popular players. They have done a super hero video, elf video, and “Pick on Mr. Sensitive” video around the holidays. In case you missed it, the Blackhawks most recently released a video of Patrick Kane, Andrew Shaw, Andrew Desjardins, Teuvo Teravainen, Trevor Daley, Denis Savard, Trevor van Riemsdyk, Scott Darling and Tony Esposito trying to identify popular songs. It was titled “Smooth Jazz with the Chicago Blackhawks.”
Now the songs were instrumental versions of popular songs. The players had a hard time getting them right. Desjardins was so nervous during the filming. It is funny he has been called upon to help shut down some of the best lines in hockey, but he gets nervous identifying songs on a video. Darling struggled and even guessed one song was a Christmas song. Sadly for Darling, their were not any Christmas songs in the video. The songs were “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson, “Ride Wit Me” by Nelly and “Hey Jude” by the Beatles.
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With the Blackhawks creating videos for their fans, some Blackhawks fans thought it would be great to show their fandom in a different way. While most of us hang a Blackhawks ornament on their Christmas tree and wear our sweaters proudly, another family took its fandom to a whole new level. A family in the town of Elburn decided to create an intricate Christmas light show centered around the Blackhawks. The lights are synchronized to Blackhawks entrance song “Stranglehold” by Ted Nugent, as well as “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up)” by Fall Out Boy. The show started on Thanksgiving night and will run through Jan. 1. The house is located at 42 W. 891 Beith Rd. in Elburn, Ill.
It took the family 80 hours to program the players into the light show. The Larson family had programmed Patrick Sharp, Brandon Saad and Bryan Bickell in the program. As far as the family is concerned, Sharp and Saad will always be members of the Blackhawks.
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Blackhawks fans are very passionate and dedicated to their team. Fans try to show their fandom any way they can. I organized a Blackhawks Day at work. I had 10-plus people in my department wear their Blackhawks sweaters as I held an inflatable Stanley Cup. Everyone in the Blackhawks family show their fandom in different ways.
What way do you show your Blackhawks fandom around the holidays?