Blackhawks: Patrick Kane speaks on not having fans for playoff run
By Ryan Fedrau
Patrick Kane was asked to share his thoughts on the Chicago Blackhawks playing hockey without fans going forward. Here’s what he had to say on an Instagram post.
Many Chicago Blackhawks‘ fans look to Patrick Kane to save the team in times of trouble. This time around, Kane can just watch, as the NHL has banned fans for the remainder of the 2019-20 NHL season.
Kane was asked yesterday on an Instagram post by the Blackhawks to share his thoughts on playing without fans. Kane also mentioned what the fans mean to him and the team and what he’ll miss most.
You can see the post here:
"“I think all of us would say that it would be a really weird situation. I think maybe looking back on it now you kind of take it for granted. It’s amazing playing infont of 22,000 fans every night and even on the road, the (Blackhawks) fans travel so well.” – Patrick Kane"
This could affect the playoff atmosphere too. I say this in two different ways, first off, there are no fans, so the games could feel less important. Second, there won’t be a home-ice advantage for either team.
"“It’ll be totally different. Obviously, It’ll take away so type of playoff atmosphere for sure but I would like to think once we get into games and you realize you’re in the playoffs and you realize you’re playing for something speical that the intencity would be the same.” – Patrick Kane"
It’ll be tough to mimic that playoff atmosphere, espically with there being no fans. The first few games will be weird for players and fans watching at home. I still wonder what it’ll be like for an NHL to win the Stanley Cup and not have their fans around.
We’re in a weird time for the world right now, a time where we realize how important sports actually are. Let’s hope the Blackhawks can make the most of this and bring back another Stanley Cup to Chicago.