Starting Friday, the Hilton Chicago will host thousands of Blackhawks fans for the 5th annual Blackhawks Convention. Below is a partial list of events and discussion panels that will take place at the Convention, sorted by day. Full schedule, panel locations and autograph signing schedule will be available at the Convention.
For a listing of player and alumni attendees, click here.
Friday, July 20
The Second City
Over the years, The Second City has produced household names such as Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, John Belushi, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell. Watch as Patrick Kane, Daniel Carcillo, Viktor Stalberg and Andrew Shaw perform with the world-famous comedy improv troupe for a one-of-a-kind sports-themed show.
Saturday, July 21
The Mental and Physical Side of Hockey
Hockey is a game of toughness, skill and speed, but it also demands focus, concentration and determination. Join Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Ben Smith, Troy Murray, Head Team Physician, Orthopaedics Michael A. Terry, M.D., Strength and Conditioning Coach Paul Goodman and Mental Skills Coach James F. Gary, L.C.P.C., to discuss the side of hockey that begins before the players even reach the dressing room. Hosted by ABC 7’s Ravi Baichwal.
Under the current leadership, the Blackhawks organization has been committed to excellence on the ice and in all areas of business, while introducing new generations of fans to the team’s storied heritage. Host John Wiedeman leads a panel discussion with Chairman Rocky Wirtz, President & CEO John McDonough, Executive Vice President Jay Blunk and Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman as they look back at the past five years and ahead to the future.
The Olympic Ideal
As the London 2012 Olympics participants will find out just days from now, there is no greater thrill for an athlete than to compete for your country at the highest level of competition: the Olympic Games. Pat Foley leads a panel with Olympic heroes Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook, Marian Hossa, Eddie Olczyk and Jack O’Callahan as they discuss contending on the world stage.
From the draft to the United Center, and every stop in between, Blackhawks Hockey Operations is dedicated to keeping the team’s pipeline overflowing with promising young talent from around the world. Joining host John Wiedeman are Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman, Vice President/Asst. to the President Al MacIsaac, Asst. General Manager Norm Maciver, Minor League Affiliations GM Mark Bernard, Hockey Operations Senior Advisor Scotty Bowman and Rockford IceHogs Head Coach Ted Dent to talk about developing the next generation of Blackhawks stars.
Whether finishing a check, pestering an opponent or standing up for a teammate, hockey’s “heavy hitters” are always willing to step in and make an impact (pun intended). They aren’t shy about dropping the gloves, either. Join CBS 2’s Rob Johnson as he talks with Stu Grimson, Brandon Bollig, Jamal Mayers and Daniel Carcillo about the tougher side of hockey.
Coach Q and His Crew
One of the NHL’s all-time winningest coaches, Joel Quenneville leads the Blackhawks with a steady hand and fiery competitiveness, helping his players to perform at their peak. Eddie Olczyk talks to Coach Q, Assistant Coaches Mike Kitchen and Jamie Kompon and Goaltending Coach Stephane Waite about their view from the bench.
Chicago’s Most Wanted
Although few Blackhawks throughout history are Illinois natives, all of them have embraced the city of Chicago as a second home. ABC 7’s Mark Giangreco chats with Patrick Sharp, Daniel Carcillo, Andrew Shaw and Jamal Mayers about becoming adopted Chicagoans and setting down roots in “The Windy City.”
Life on the Road
So much has changed about the NHL, but the camaraderie and team bonding that comes from a long season on the road has remained the same throughout the league’s history. Troy Murray hosts Brent Seabrook, Viktor Stalberg, Niklas Hjalmarsson, and Tony Esposito to discuss traveling from city to city, bonding on the road and pranking your teammates.
Behind the Scenes with Blackhawks TV
Did you sign all of your holiday cards “Frolik Navidad” this year? Do you consider Joey the Junior Reporter to be this generation’s Walter Cronkite? Then this discussion is for you! Chris Boden of Comcast SportsNet leads a panel of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Bryan Bickell, Michael Frolik, Director of Advertising and Game Presentation Patrick Dahl and New Media and Creative Services Director Adam Kempenaar to talk about bringing projects such as the Emmy-winning Blackhawks TV series and the feature film “Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita: Monuments to Excellence” to life.
Generations of Captains
The ‘C’ on the sweater doesn’t just stand for “captain”; it also stands for leadership, drive, respect for your teammates and commitment to the Blackhawks. Former captains Pierre Pilote, Stan Mikita and Denis Savard, as well as current captain Jonathan Toews, talk with WGN Radio’s and Comcast SportsNet’s Dave Kaplan about the challenges of being the team’s leader and their important place in franchise history.
Hockey 101 with Eddie Olczyk
“Stop it right there!” Join host Eddie Olczyk as he goes inside the X’s and O’s of hockey with Ben Smith, Nick Leddy, Jimmy Hayes, Marcus Kruger and Dylan Olsen to show “all you young hockey players out there” the basics of the game. Telestrator not required.
Kids Only Press Conference
Hey kids! Do you have a question for Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Dave Bolland, Jamal Mayers or Tommy Hawk? Now is your chance to get it answered! Kids under the age of 12 will have the opportunity to play “junior reporter” in our kids-only press conference, moderated by Blackhawks Senior Director of Market Development and Community Affairs Pete Hassen.
This… is Blackhawks Idol! Join the Blackhawks for an evening of music and watch your fellow fans compete for the Blackhawks Convention’s ultimate singing prize: the title of Blackhawks Idol! Celebrity judges Jim Cornelison, Daniel Carcillo, Dave Bolland and Dennis Hull will give their commentary as WGN-TV’s Pat “Seacrest” Tomasulo hosts this American Idol-style contest.
Sunday, July 22
Monuments to Excellence
On Oct. 22, 2011, the Blackhawks dedicated statues to the franchise’s two greatest players — Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita — outside the United Center. Come to our special screening of Blackhawks TV’s feature-length film, “Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita: Monuments to Excellence,” then stick around as host Chet Coppock moderates a Q&A with the legendary figures to discuss their Hall-of-Fame careers, their legacies as Blackhawks and the new monuments that bear their likeness.
Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita will sign their replica statues after the completion of the sessions in the Mobley Room, located in the lower level. Replica statues will be available for purchase at the Mobley Room. Please note that only those who purchase replica statues will be allowed to participate in the autograph signing session.
The Defense Never Rests
Over the years the Blackhawks have assembled an impressive collection of blueliners who can go toe-to-toe with any opposing foward. Join Brent Seabrook, Nick Leddy, Sheldon Brookbank, Bill White and Pierre Pilote as they discuss what it takes to be an NHL defenseman. Moderated by Pat Foley.
The Two “Jacks”
Two of the biggest personalities to ever don the sweater, Denis Savard and Eddie Olczyk, have been entertaining Blackhawks fans for more than 30 years. Join Savy and Edzo as they recount their time together and their experiences in Chicago, and share some laughs along the way.
Where Are They Now?
Where have some of your favorite Blackhawks gone since the last time they wore an Indian Head sweater? Team Historian Bob Verdi sits down with Stu Grimson, Michel Goulet, Eric Daze, John Marks, Bill White and Steve Larmer as they remember their time with the franchise and discuss what they’ve been up to since.
#Be “Tweet” The Pipes
In today’s digital age, social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook have given fans the chance to interact with their favorite athletes like never before! Join @Shawz15er (Andrew Shaw), @bbicks29 (Bryan Bickell), @Jimmy10Hayes (Jimmy Hayes) and @Bollig87 (Brandon Bollig), along with New Media and Creative Services Director Adam Kempenaar from @NHLBlackhawks, for a discussion about joining the Twitterverse and the benefits of social media in sports.