The 4th Annual Blackhawks Convention Preview

White And Nerdy himself welcomes you.

The 4th Annual Blackhawks Convention starts tomorrow at the Hilton Chicago (720 S. Michigan)! Hope you’ve already got your ticket, because it’s been sold out for months. While this year will probably not be as crazy as last year (how could anything compete with the allure of the Stanley Cup?), the convention is still always full of good times, embarrassing stories, and other things that appeal to the hardcore Blackhawks fan.

And, like I’ve been for the past two years, I will be there, reporting on all of it. I hope. If I can fight with the hotel’s crummy wi-fi. God, I hate their wi-fi.

Anyway! After the jump is the schedule that has been released so far, as well as the list of Blackhawks attendees, along with a couple of surprises…

All times listed are CT. The schedule is put together using the following links:

Friday, July 15: 3-9pm

8:30am–12:45pm: Mike McConnell Show - Hilton Chicago foyer, next to the Grand Staircase (Airs live on WGN 720 AM)
Mike McConnell and special co-host Dave Eanet broadcast live. Scheduled guests include:

10:05am: John McDonough
10:35am: John Wiedeman and Troy Murray
11:05am: John Scott
12:05pm: Stan Bowman

12pm: Registration opens.

3pm: All lower halls open.

3pm–4:40pm: Social featuring all attendees (Media Only) – Waldorf Room

5pm: Opening Ceremonies hosted by Eddie Olcyzk -Grand Ballroom (Will air on CSN Chicago and

5–7pm: Garry Meier Show – Normandie Lounge (Airs live on WGN 720 AM)
Garry Meier broadcasts live. Scheduled guests include:

5-6pm: Live updates from the Opening Ceremonies with Dave Eanet
6:21pm: Marian Hossa
6:38pm: Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith

7–10pm: WGN Sports Night – Normandie Lounge (Airs live on WGN 720 AM)
David Kaplan, Brian Noonan & Andrea Darlas broadcast live. Scheduled guests include:

7:08pm: Jonathan Toews
7:38pm: Eddie Olczyk and Joel Quenneville
8:08pm: John Wiedeman and Troy Murray
8:38pm: Corey Crawford
9:08pm: Tony Esposito
9:38pm: Denis Savard

Saturday, July 16: 9am-7pm

The following panels will be in the Grand Ballroom and will stream live on the Blackhawks website:

9–10am: Join The Rush, with Pierre Pilote, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook
10:15–11:15am: Life on the Road, with Patrick Sharp, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Bryan Bickell

Although the United Center is an amazing place to play hockey, 41 times every regular season the Blackhawks take their game on the road. This means flying from city to city, traveling on the team bus and playing in unfriendly territory. It also means bonding time with teammates and more than a few playful pranks. Patrick Sharp, Brent Seabrook, Duncan Keith and Bryan Bickell, along with host Dan Roan of WGN9, give you a behind-the-scenes look at life on the road.

11:30am–12:30pm: Chicago’s Most Wanted, with Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Viktor Stalberg

When you’re among Chicago’s greatest athletes and most popular figures, you’re going to turn some heads. Join current Blackhawks Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Viktor Stalberg as they discuss living in a town where everybody knows their names. Hosted by Rob Johnson from CBS2.

12:45–1:45pm: Hockey IQ, with Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Tom Lysiak

The following panels will be taking place elsewhere and/or will not stream on the site:

10:15–11:15am: Between The Pipes, with Corey Crawford, Tony Esposito, and Glenn Hall

As the last line of defense, it’s the goalie’s job to get between the puck and the back of the net by any means necessary. Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford joins Hall of Famers Glenn Hall and Tony Esposito for a panel discussion about the trials and tribulations of minding the crease in the NHL. Hosted by Mark Giangreco of ABC7.

No scheduled time yet: Ask Hockey Operations, with Stan Bowman, Al MacIssac, Marc Bergevin, Scotty Bowman, Norm Maciver

Whether it’s drafting, signing players, developing prospects or making a key trade, VP/GM Stan Bowman and his team are responsible for putting together a championship contender every season. Join Stan Bowman, VP/Assistant to the President Al MacIsaac, Asst. GM Marc Bergevin, Senior Advisor, Hockey Operations Scotty Bowman and Director of Player Personnel Norm Maciver, along with host Troy Murray, for a discussion about building a winner in the NHL.

4–6 pm: Sports Central – Grand Ballroom (Airs live on WGN 720 AM)
Jim Memolo, Glen Kozlowski and special co-host Troy Murray broadcast live. Scheduled guests include:

4:08pm: Marian Hossa
4:38pm: Patrick Sharp
5:08pm: Patrick Kane
5:38pm: John Scott

6-9pm: Blackhawks Idol

This… is Blackhawks Idol! Come celebrate with the Blackhawks and watch your fellow fans face off in the Convention’s first-ever singing competition. Celebrity judges Jim Cornelison, Dennis Hull, Troy Murray and John Scott will provide commentary in this American Idol-style contest. Hosted by Pat Tomasulo from WGN9.

Sunday July 17: 9am-2pm

The following panels will be in the Grand Ballroom and will stream live on the Blackhawks website:

9–10am: Young Guns, with Ben Smith, Bryan Bickell and Nick Leddy
10:15–11:15am: Meet Your New Blackhawks, with Sean O’Donnell, Jamal Mayers, Steve Montador and Brett McLean

The Blackhawks made quite a splash on July 1, bringing in a host of experienced, gritty players who will do anything for their teammates and the team. Chris Boden of Comcast SportsNet joins new acquisitions Sean O’Donnell, Jamal Mayers, Steve Montador, Brett McLean and Rostislav Olesz for a chat on why they chose Chicago and what they hope to achieve with the Blackhawks.

11:30am–12:30pm: Top Draft Picks, with Patrick Kane, Denis Savard, Eddie Olczyk and Dave Manson
12:45–1:45pm: Generations of Goal Scorers, with Bobby Hull, Denis Savard, Michel Goulet and Marian Hossa

The buildings have changed, the players have changed, and even the ice has changed, but the thrill of scoring has always remained the same. Join Bobby Hull, Denis Savard, Michel Goulet and Marian Hossa as they talk with host Chet Coppock about doing what they know best: putting the puck in the back of the net.

The following panels will take place elsewhere and/or will not stream on the site:

No scheduled time yet: Coach Q and His Crew, with Joel Quenneville, Mike Haviland, Mike Kitchen, Stephane Waite

With a fiery competitiveness and steely gaze, head coach Joel Quenneville and his staff are behind the bench every game, helping the Blackhawks achieve their ultimate goal. Join host John Wiedeman as he sits down with Coach Q, assistant coaches Mike Haviland and Mike Kitchen and goaltending coach Stephane Waite as they take you inside the coaches’ room and tell stories from the bench.

List Of Attendees

The screenshot is taken from this link.

So. You made it all the way to the bottom, huh? Well, here’s your reward:

Here Come The Hawks playlist on Spotify (download the missing files from this playlist here)

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