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Chicago Blackhawks Fans Earn Spot On FanSided’s Fandom 250 List

By Colin Likas
Jun 18, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks fans cheer during the 2015 Stanley Cup championship parade and rally at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 18, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks fans cheer during the 2015 Stanley Cup championship parade and rally at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports /
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Chicago Blackhawks fans are a diverse and proud group, and they’re being rewarded for their commitment to the team

Do you remember how you became a Chicago Blackhawks fan? Maybe you’ve been a fan since before the team’s 49-year championship drought began. Maybe you joined the ship when players young and old were trying to end said drought.

Maybe you were like me and made yourself part of the Blackhawks fan base just prior to the big turnaround. Or maybe one of the three Stanley Cup wins in the last seven seasons prompted you to call yourself a Chicago Blackhawks fan.

Whatever the method, it’s safe to say most everyone reading this is a fan of the men in the Indian Head. And while we sometimes like to consider ourselves part of the actual team, we don’t get on the ice and skate the team toward its goals. We are, however, the money-spending motivation for these players.

As such, it’s cool when we get some recognition for our fandom. And that’s what’s happening next month, thanks to a promotion from FanSided.

Blackhawks fan base selected for special rankings

FanSided recently announced the Fandom 250 promotion. The idea goes like this: FanSided will pick 250 fan bases associated with sports, entertainment and celebrities. Those groups will be ranked, and the final list will be released December 6.

The FanSided environment contains more than 300 blogs, so there’s going to be a lot of fandoms to choose from. When you think about it, once you expand past the sporting realm, 250 isn’t that large of a number.

However, we do know the Chicago Blackhawks are going to have inclusion on this list, according to a recent release by FanSided. The first 10 nominees for Fandom 250 were released today, and the Blackhawks were among those. Also included were the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Chicago fan base among world’s best

I think the Chicago Blackhawks fan base being included on this list is a must. While some fans get upset at the idea of “bandwagon fans” joining the group at different points in recent years, that really shouldn’t matter.

The Blackhawks have drawn a ton of fans throughout the years, and the base survived very lean years prior to recent successes. Fans have only flocked to following the Blackhawks since they’ve grown more successful.

As a result, fan conventions have been absolutely packed, opposing arenas have been filled with red sweaters and talk about the Blackhawks was at an all-time high following the 2015 Stanley Cup win.

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Blackhawks fans are a dedicated bunch, and certainly one of the best groups of fans in hockey. It only makes sense for the group to be included in a list of the best 250 fandoms across sports and entertainment. We’ll just see where the group ranks come next month.

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