The Chicago Blackhawks have not made the playoffs since 2017, they have not won a playoff game since 2016, and they have not won a series since 2015. Yet the Blackhawks continue to lead the NHL in attendance.
Even without the success on the ice the past few seasons I believe there is excitement about this team. Patrick Kane continues to be one of the best players in the league. Kirby Dach and Adam Boqvist are two young exciting players that fans can watch progress throughout their careers. This fan base is passionate, and they are excited.
I think it is awesome that despite struggles on the ice the Blackhawks are leading in attendance according to the NHL on NBC. Not only is it a testimony of the fans, but it is a testimony of the legacy of Toews and Kane.
Having won three Stanley Cups in six seasons, and having a modern-day dynasty, many thought the Blackhawks were destined for even more success. While that did not show on the ice, it did show in the crowd. Fans are not leaving the Blackhawks no matter what, and I think it is one of the top hockey towns in the entire NHL.
I do not know when the Blackhawks are going to win the Stanley Cup again, but I do know that no matter what the United Center will continue to be packed with fans. Fans are enjoying watching former championship games, and reminiscing about the championship parades that went on downtown. All of these things were five to ten years ago, and yet it feels like just yesterday to a lot of people in the city of Chicago.
Anything is possible for these Blackhawks, so who knows, maybe all of these loyal and passionate fans will be ready to watch another playoff run this Spring, or they will be ready to welcome another first overall draft pick!