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My arrival, and theirs!

Saturday, 01.29.2011 / 4:43 PM

By Andrew Montag - NHL.com Fan Blogger / Road Trip to Raleigh

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Road Trip to Raleigh
My arrival, and theirs!
I just walked down the escalator into Fan Fair and wow, what a site! Upon entering the convention center, I was immediately bombarded by life-size images of the NHL mascots. My first stop, the accuracy shooting booth. If it wasn't for an insanely elongated line, the title would have been mine--but for now I am a mere spectator. Next up, is the hardest shot competition, if my eyes don't mistake me, the man who went before me rung of a blast of 26 mph! I would call my 66.4 mph slapshot respectable, certainly for a lacrosse player! The convention center is truly packed with passionate fans, and if I'd like to compete for the amateur skills competition crown, I'm going to have to be here bright and early tomorrow morning.

Now off to the Red Carpet for player arrivals!
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When we started our journey we made a commitment to our fans to be relevant and to see the Chicago Blackhawks become the best professional hockey organization. There are not two finer symbols of that than Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. The commitment we have made to these incredible young men is equal to the commitment they have made to our team, our fans, our entire organization and the city of Chicago.

— Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz on signing Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to contract extensions