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It is a tough day to be a fan of the Chicago Blackhawks

By Jimmy Lynch
Sep 30, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; The national anthem is performed prior to a preseason game between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. Blackhawks won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; The national anthem is performed prior to a preseason game between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. Blackhawks won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports /
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It is a tough day to be a Chicago Blackhawks fan.

The Chicago Blackhawks held a press conference on Tuesday with Jenner and Block releasing the findings of their investigation into the Sexual Misconduct by a Former Coach, and the results were deeply disappointing.

Since the offseason, this story has gained momentum and the Blackhawks were slow to respond. Stan Bowman remained general manager until yesterday when he stepped away from the team, and there are still some members of the 2010 management in positions today such as Joel Quenneville in Florida and Kevin Cheveldayoff in Winnipeg.

We here at Blackhawk Up wanted to talk about this news today. As a fan blog, we represent the fans and talk about the team from a fan’s perspective. This is why we are taking a different approach at this time.

With this breaking news, it is more important that we share the links to the proper resources for you, the reader. Here is the link to the official report from Jenner and Block, here is the link to The Athletic, the Chicago Sun-Times, NBC Sports Chicago, the New York Times, and the Chicago Tribune.

So many journalists are talking about this story now, and a lot of it is thanks to the great work of Rick Westhead and Katie Strang who originally shared the story.

It’s a hard time to be a Blackhawks fan. Which is why we won’t be talking about tonight’s hockey game or writing for the next few days. Right now is a time to pause and read the important work that many writers reported over the past few months.

To John Doe, on behalf of all Blackhawks fans, we are so sorry this team failed you.

To the Chicago Blackhawks, hockey is a game, and people matter more than a game. No statute of limitations or finger-pointing changes the fact that you are at fault.

After a few days, we hope to be back talking about the Blackhawks again. Talking about the games, the goals, and the players we all know and love. But for now, we will leave you with a quote.

“Sports do not build character. They reveal it.” – John Wooden

Thank you for reading, and be kind to one another,

The Blackhawk Up Staff

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