Hope you got your tickets to the Training Camp Festival, because the Blackhawks announced today that they have sold out.
The marquee event of the Festival will allow a sold out crowd inside the United Center to watch the Blackhawks first day of on-ice training camp practices and scrimmages with Head Coach Joel Quenneville wearing a microphone. The first 10,000 fans to enter the building will receive a Patrick Sharp bobblehead. Throughout the day while the Blackhawks are on the ice, broadcasters Eddie Olczyk, Pat Foley, Troy Murray and John Wiedeman will provide an exclusive look behind the scenes with live analysis and player interviews.
Outside, the Festival will include a 5K walk/run and 10K inline skate named “The Mad Dash to Madison,” as well as a three-on-three street hockey tournament, a bags tournament, appearances from Blackhawks Alumni, live music, food and drink and entertainment for fans of all ages.
If you missed out on tickets, you could just stay at home and be depressed about it… or you could enter Runs On Duncan’s contest to win two free tickets to the Festival! You know, either way.
Steve Montador announced on Twitter that he lost his wallet. No, really.
If you find it, please return it to him and claim your Blackhawks tickets.
While Montador was busy losing his wallet, Brett McLean, Niklas Hjalmarsson, and Denis Savard joined up with US Representative Mike Quigley and Mayor Rahm Emmanuel for a youth hockey clinic at Center on Halsted in Lakeview. The Blackhawks donated hockey equipment to the Center and also held scrimmages as well as hockey drills and team-building exercises.
“The Chicago Blackhawks are proud to partner with U.S. Representative Mike Quigley, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Center on Halsted on this great initiative,” Blackhawks Team President and CEO John McDonough said. “We are appreciative of their support in growing the sport of hockey on a grassroots level while delivering such a positive effect on so many young people in our city.”
“Athletics can help young people build confidence and leadership,” added Center on Halsted CEO Modesto ‘Tico’ Valle. “Unfortunately, too many LGBT youth are prevented from participating fully in team sports because of bullying or other obstacles. We’re proud to work with Mayor Emanuel, Rep. Quigley, and the Chicago Blackhawks to provide the equipment, the training and the safe environment necessary for LGBT youth to participate.”
This event is a part of the NHL’s “Hockey Is For Everyone” campaign, along with First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative. Check out the pictures from this event on Rep. Quigley’s Flickr account and the Blackhawks website.
Finally, the video we’ve all been waiting for — the Blackhawks at Wrigley. Not exactly the best rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame,” but still pretty okay. Could one of these guys sit down with Coach Q and have a talk with him about how to stay in key?