SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- It was fitting, in a way, that training camp for the Chicago Blackhawks started Wednesday at the University of Notre Dame's Compton Family Ice Arena.
As players completed their annual physical tests, there across the vast parking lot was Notre Dame Stadium, where the Fighting Irish spend fall Saturdays trying to live up to their storied history and tradition.
If anybody knows that feeling, it ought to be the Blackhawks.
After winning the Stanley Cup for the second time in four seasons, the reigning NHL champions come into the 2013-14 season looking for more, and this time they've got the whole "Stanley Cup hangover" notion in the crosshairs.