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Chicago Blackhawks Roundtable: Presidents And Opposing Fans

By Colin Likas
Jan 22, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the third period at the United Center. The Hawks won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 22, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the third period at the United Center. The Hawks won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 2, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues fans take photos before the 2016 Winter Classic ice hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports /

Greg Bradshaw

Question 1: I think the obvious answer here is Jonathan Toews. Not only are we talking about a true leader on the ice but a man who gives back to the community and truly cares about the environment and health of the people.

There’s some serious problems in the United States today, so who better than “Captain Serious” to find a solution? Not to mention, a four-point night last night sure looks good. Maybe he can keep the hot hand!

Question 2: For my favorite fans to interact with, I’m going to go with Penguins fans. Seemingly every time “Blackhawks” and “Penguins” is mentioned in the same sentence, so is the ongoing debate on who has the better captain. I think we all know the answer there, right? It sure never gets old though.

The least favorite fan interaction goes to no fans other than the St. Louis Blues fans. There’s some hate there, no doubt about it, but also quite a bit of ignorance. I work with a guy who’s die hard, and had the audacity to tell me that the Blackhawks have a goaltending issue. Yeesh.

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If having too much quality goaltending is a problem, then I guess the true hockey guru himself may be right. It’s pretty sad coming from a fan of a team whose starting goaltender can’t stay in net for a full three periods.

George Clifford

Question 1: Riding the Hart Trophy tsunami all the way to the White House, President Patrick Kane may find tough sledding ahead with the Eastern Conference currently holding sway over the West in the halls of congress.

But President Kane pointed to his highly productive alliance with powerful Russians Artem Anisimov and Artemi Panarin as a reason for optimism in the Central theater of operations.

With hostilities heating up, Secretary of Defense Duncan Keith promised the president every possible assist while Chief of Staff Joel Quenneville vowed to use the “nuclear option” only as a last resort.

Asked to comment on his strategy for this week’s war games in Los Angeles, the president offered only a conspiratorial “Say hello to my little friend” before rushing off to the United Center to crush an uprising by the pesky Canucks.

Question 2: Favorite: Columbus Blue Jackets. Surprisingly devoted, sophisticated and high-spirited fans without the nasty, alcohol-fueled malevolence often seen elsewhere.

Least favorite: Minnesota Wild. My native state, but home to fair-weather fans nowhere to be found during the tough times, but who come out in obnoxious force during the streaks. Face-value seats at the glass were available on game day during last year’s playoff series against the Stars. I checked.

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