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Blackhawks Convention: First Timer's Guide

by Leah Pascarella /

Have you purchased a Convention pass for the first time and are wondering what's next? From opening ceremonies to listening to your favorite players divulge what life is like as a Blackhawk, there is something for everyone to enjoy! Check out these tips to make the most of your first Blackhawks Convention.



Attend the Opening Ceremony
The three-day Convention kicks off with a high-energy opening ceremony on Friday night in the International Ballroom. Jim Cornelison will get the crowd cheering with the national anthem and Blackhawks players and alumni will walk down the runway to greet fans. Arrive early if you want to snag a spot next to the walkway for amazing photos.

Pre-register your pass
If you have already purchased a weekend pass you will receive it in the mail prior to the event. On the pass there will be instructions on how to pre-register your convention pass. Registering your pass during the selected window will automatically place you into the Scratch and Win Autograph Opportunity. Click here to learn more about the benefits of pre-registering your convention pass.



Get an autograph or take a photo with a Blackhawk
Throughout the weekend there are more than 20 photo and 40 autograph opportunities with current and former players! There are three different opportunities available to attendees: Hotel Guest VIP Autograph sessions, Scratch and Win Autographs/Photos and sessions open to all fans with a convention pass (located in Salon C). Be sure to reference the program on site to map out where your must-sees are located. Looking for shorter lines? Head down to Salon C for a more laid-back scene. Click here to learn more about autograph and photo opportunities.

Test your luck at the Prize Tower
A trip to the Prize Tower will guarantee you an autograph session, photo opportunity or Blackhawks Store gift card! There will be multiple Prize Towers set up throughout the convention space so be sure to consult the program to find one convenient to you. You may only visit one Prize Tower during the convention and you MUST visit a tower location by Saturday, July 28 at 12 p.m. in order to be eligible to win. Good luck!



Watch your favorite player show their personality on a panel
Learn something new about your favorite player, coach or broadcaster by attending a panel. Every day there are panels running continuously between two ballrooms. Sit back and relax as you watch Blackhawks players and alumni compete on a game show or divulge what life is really like as a Blackhawk. You will be amazed at all of the fun facts you walk away with! Click here to view the current list of attendees.



NEW THIS YEAR: Blackhawks Yoga
Start your Saturday morning off right with a session of Blackhawks Yoga. Corepower Yoga and lululemon have teamed up with the Blackhawks to put on a strengthening, engaging and spiritual Blackhawks Fitness event for the first time ever at the Blackhawks Convention! The class is open to all levels and FREE for convention attendees. Space is limited. You must register to participate. Click here to secure your spot today.

Shop 'til you drop!
Be sure to visit the Blackhawks Store location on site. Stock up for the season and take advantage of some great deals. Shop for fan favorites at up to 75% off including apparel and headwear starting at $10. There will be three locations with the main store in the Interactive Hall and discount stores located in the Grand Ballroom on the second floor and the Mobley Room located on the lower level. You won't want to miss this!



Explore the Interactive Hall
Have some tiny fans that need to get rid of some energy? The Interactive Hall is just the place to go! Fans young and old will enjoy taking photos in a replica Blackhawks locker room or trying their hand at some hockey in the Blackhawks Inflatable Rink. It's the perfect spot to take a break and have some fun in the afternoon.

Bid on one-of-a-kind memorabilia
Calling all collectors! The Locker Room Sale at the Blackhawks is a must-visit if you have been searching for any game-used gear. This is one of the only times during the year where fans can bid on equipment used by Blackhawks players.

Video: Family shares Blackhawks Convention memories

Make lasting memories
You are bound to make countless memories at this year's Blackhawks Convention. Remember to take lots of photos, build in breaks and take it at your own pace! Consult the schedule the night before to see which panels or autograph sessions you would like to attend and don't be afraid to visit Event Registration in Salon B with any additional questions.

Want in on the fun? Click here to learn more about the Blackhawks Convention and to purchase a pass today!

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