Fansided
NHL News

Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links: Take Me Out To The Ball Game

kneelbeforesaad
TORONTO, CANADA - APRIL 13: Hockey commentator Don Cherry does a television interview before the Tampa Bay Rays MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 13, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - APRIL 13: Hockey commentator Don Cherry does a television interview before the Tampa Bay Rays MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 13, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
facebooktwitterreddit

Not much is going on with the Chicago Blackhawks or NHL right now, but an interesting bit of information came up Friday regarding a longtime voice of the league

Don Cherry is a divisive voice in the NHL, saying things that almost always cause an uproar on Hockey Night in Canada. Whether they’re about the Chicago Blackhawks or some other team, Cherry’s thoughts are likely to cause a stir any given night.

His next platform for conversation may not be one for controversial hockey thoughts, however. It was announced Friday that Cherry would sing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” at Wrigley Field on Aug. 19, one week from today.

This is certainly an interesting choice for a guest conductor at Wrigley, home of the Chicago Cubs. The team is used to bringing in seemingly random celebrities to sing the Seventh Inning Stretch, and Cherry would be only the latest example.

Cherry might not be as memorable as some of the above examples, or other individuals who have sang the stretch over the years, but it’ll certainly be interesting to see what happens. No doubt Cubs broadcasters Len Kasper and Jim DeShaies will ask Cherry plenty about the Blackhawks, so we’ll see what that leads to.

Ultimately, this should be more about exposure for the NHL. Hopefully, Cherry doesn’t say anything too off-color that could turn away more people from the product. Gary Bettman’s league isn’t very good at marketing itself, so when it has a chance to piggyback off another big-three league like this, it should take advantage of the opportunity.

Now, let’s get to some Blackhawks morning links.

Blackhawks morning links

— Next year’s draft location could be altered. USA Today

— The Andersons are giving back. NHL.com

— He’s a goaltender with promise. Second City Hockey

— Blackhawks prospect not ready for the AHL just yet. Second City Hockey

— Interested in soccer? Turn to this hockey outlet. Faxes From Uncle Dale

Next: Blackhawks Prospect Chris Calnan To Be Free Agent

Check back with Blackhawk Up later today, as we have a recognition of the team’s TV color commentator and his fight against cancer.

facebooktwitterreddit