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Your Chicago Blackhawks: Up Close and Personal

By Gail Kauchak
Feb 17, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Andrew Desjardins (11) is congratulated after scoring a first period goal against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 17, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Andrew Desjardins (11) is congratulated after scoring a first period goal against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports /
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Feb 17, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Andrew Desjardins (11) is congratulated after scoring a first period goal against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 17, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Andrew Desjardins (11) is congratulated after scoring a first period goal against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports /

The Chicago Blackhawks don’t take to the ice again until tomorrow night, when they face the Nashville Predators.  Considering they laid an egg in the Stadium Series, this has seemed like a really long time to wait for some good Blackhawks hockey.  But remember, absence makes the heart grow fonder.  When they do play tomorrow, we can appreciate and enjoy it even more (oh, please, oh please play good)!

In the meantime, we’ve got some time to kill.  So I thought it might be fun to put up a post that doesn’t involve statistics and hockey analysis.

Myself and my family recently made our annual trek to the United Center for a Chicago Blackhawks game.  It happened to be the tilt against the Dallas Stars.  You know, the one where the Hawks lost 4-2?

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Now don’t blame me for jinxing it!  I fully blame my husband.   You see, it was also Teuvo Teravainen bobble head night, so he thought I should wear my Teravainen sweater.  He bought it for me for Christmas, so I was hard pressed to refuse.  The only problem is that I’ve been wearing Artemi Panarin since Christmas (yet another lovely present)!  And if you recall, the Hawks did pretty well in January (remember the 12 game winning streak?), so I considered Panarin my new good luck charm.

But I digress.  While we were at the game, we purchased the latest Chicago Blackhawks magazine.  I just recently had a chance to sit down and peruse it, mainly because there wasn’t a Hawks game on.  In this issue, there are player profiles, as well as questions asked of all the guys.  I’m going to list the categories, and then give some of the more interesting answers.  Here we go.

ABOUT ME

Food Of Choice For An Eating Contest: Well, we have some sophisticated members on this team.  Marion Hossa, Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Kane all said they would like to have sushi.  Ick!  Perhaps I’m just not that refined.  Then you have your sweet tooth’s of the bunch.  Duncan Keith wanted Werther’s Caramels.  Brandon Mashinter named Watermelon Sour Patch Kids.  And Richard Panik asked for cookies.  My personal favorite was Scott Darling’s response.  He chose mini-burgers from White Castle.

Walk Up/Entrance Song:  Artem Anisomov liked “Highway to Hell” by ACDC.  The poor guy has been corrupted by America.  Niklas Hjalmarsson named “U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer.  Get it?  The Hammer likes MC Hammer!  And is anyone surprised that Corey Crawford picked “Savior” by Rise Against?

Favorite TV Show To Binge-Watch:  Now there were a lot of answers here, but both Crawford and Rob Scuderi named “Seinfeld”, with George Costanza being their favorite character.  Do you think they sit down and watch it together, and if so, can I be invited?  I love that show!

At What Level Of Cell Phone Battery Do You Start To Freak Out?  Most everyone answered somewhere between 5-10%, with a few 20%’s in there.  But there are extremes in every bunch.  Here are your very laid back Chicago Blackhawks.  Dennis Rasmussen says he freaks out at 1%.  Andrew Desjardins says, “I don’t care about my phone that much”.  Scuderi has a similar response.  “I don’t, I’m hoping for it to die”.  Duncan Keith doesn’t worry about his cell phone until after it dies.

Then you have the other end of the spectrum.  These are your most high-strung Chicago Blackhawks.  Darling gets concerned when his phone is at 50%.  “And I have a double charger case,” he says.  Kane claims to get anxious at 88%…Um, wait a second.  That’s his jersey number!  Is he just messing with us?!

EITHER/OR

Tacos Or Sushi?  I’m starting to think these guys are a tad bit spoiled when it comes to their eating choices.  Everyone on the team named sushi except for these five players; Darling, Keith, Rasmussen, Teuvo Teravainen, and Trevor van Riemsdyk.  Well, here’s to the down to earth members of the team.   I’ll have to invite them over for Taco Tuesday.   Both Brent Seabrook and Erik Gustafsson refused to make a choice, and went with both for their answer.  They can come to Taco Tuesday as well.

Live In The City Or The Country?  This was pretty much a toss-up, going about half either way.  These are your country boys at heart; Desjardins, Gustafsson, Keith, Mashinter, Panarin, Panik, Rozsival, Scuderi, Seabrook, Shaw, Toews.  Note: Hjalmarsson had to be difficult, as he insisted he wanted to live in a small town.

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Be A Pop Star Or President Of Your Country?  There is a pretty big difference between these two things.  Both have fame and notoriety.  But the later also comes with a huge amount of responsibility.  Here are the present and future leaders of the Chicago Blackhawks; the one’s that chose president over pop star:  Gustafsson, Hjalmarsson, Hossa, Keith, Panarin, Scuderi, and Toews.

PICK ON A TEAMMATE 

Best Goal Celebration.  This almost unanimously went to Kaner.  I guess when you score so many goals, you get pretty good at celebrating.

Who Would Be The Worst Model?  There were a few interesting responses here.  For starters, Kane named Toews.  And Toews named Kane.  How’s that for some hockey “sibling” rivalry?

Poor old Rozy!  When posed with this question, his response was, “Me”.

But the majority declared that Shaw would be the worst model.  Do you think it has something to do with all his scars?  Or maybe he flaunts his new long locks too much, and he’s starting to annoy people.

Which Teammate Should Have A Reality Show?  And What Would The Theme Be?

Desi said it should be Bicks, and called, “A Fishing Show”.

Shaw also said Bicks, but called, “Keeping Up with the Bickells”.

Keith declared Crow, called, “Easy Going”.

Rosy too said Crow, and called, “Single in the City”.

But the best responses were in regards to Andrew Shaw.  If you had any doubt that he is highly annoying in the locker room, I think you can put those fears to rest.  Here’s what three teammates named as the theme for Shaw’s reality show.

Teuvo Teravainen: “Never Get Bored”.

TVR: “Does It Ever Stop?”.

Hjalmarsson: “Shut Up!”

It’s always fun to get a glimpse at some of the personal habits and attributes of the hockey players we know and love on the ice.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this edition of “up close and personal”.  Thanks for reading!

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