Something has been missing from the United Center for a long time now. The Chicago Blackhawks have been without fans since last March against the San Jose Sharks. I was at that last game, and now over a year later, the Hawks will have fans in the stands.
On May 9th and May 10th, the Blackhawks will welcome fans for their final two games of the season. Both games will be against the Dallas Stars and could be big matchups for the Stars as they look to push for the playoffs.
The Blackhawks are not going to be in the playoffs this season. But for their final two games, it would be nice to have some fans in the stands to cheer on them. I hope that the Blackhawks fans give the Hawks the cheer they deserve considering how much better they were than expected this season.
Andrew Shaw was in the United Center last game after announcing his retirement from the game of hockey. There were no fans in the stands to cheer him on. Nor were their fans in the stands for Brent Seabrook when he retired. Oh also for Patrick Kane’s 1000th game.
The Blackhawks are well overdue for some fans to cheer them on, even if the games haven’t been great as of late.
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Jeremy Colliton has juggled a ton of rookies in his lineup this season. He came into the year with three unproven goalies and is now ready to go with two netminders both equally capable. There is a lot to cheer on Chicago for this season even if they won’t be playoff bound.
The Blackhawks have never given up. Since last March the team went into the qualifiers as an underdog. They overcame the Oilers in that series. Then they came into this season without so many critical pieces and yet they still managed to be competitive and give fans something to watch night in and night out. This team is very different than the last time fans were in the stands and I am excited to watch it all play out.
The United Center will only welcome a limited number of fans. More on that here.