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From Q&A panels and game shows to autographs and virtual reality, we're counting down the top 10 can't-miss moments at the 2019 Blackhawks Convention

by Austin Siegel /

For the 12th consecutive summer, the Chicago Blackhawks Convention gives fans the opportunity to get up close and personal with players, coaches and alumni at the Chicago Hilton. This year's Convention is shaping up to be the most exciting yet, with Q&A panels and autograph signings joined by new variety shows and even an Emergency Goalie Escape Room. 

10. Experience a Blackhawks-filled weekend in the heart of Chicago

Centrally located just a short walk from famous Chicago sites, the Hilton Chicago gives fans a chance to combine the Blackhawks with some of the best the Windy City has to offer. After all, it's the only weekend where you can grab a photo with Connor Murphy and a priceless Monet at the nearby Art Institute or shop on Michigan Avenue before you practice your slap shot in the Interactive Hall. 

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 9. Enjoy nearly 50 open autograph and photo sessions 

For one weekend a year, go behind the glass to meet your favorite Blackhawks at the 2019 Convention. With more autograph and photo opportunities than ever, the weekend will include the chance to meet new free agent signings and trade acquisitions, including the return of two-time Stanley Cup champion Andrew Shaw. 

8. Test your hockey skills in the Interactive Hall

With a Combine obstacle course, where fans can test their skills to see how they match up with the pros, as well as the Inflatable Rink, which will offer various hockey 101 sessions and a chance to play with Blackhawks prospects, you can't miss the Interactive Hall at this year's Convention. 

7. Check out a one-of-a-kind Blackhawks VR experience

The Interactive Hall will also feature a virtual reality experience that gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at a Blackhawks gameday from some of the most exclusive spots in the United Center.

6. Compete in the first ever Emergency Goalie Challenge

Inspired by the 2018 exploits of accountant-turned-goaltender Scott Foster, the Blackhawks will introduce the "Emergency Goalie Challenge," an escape room experience that will challenge fans to solve the clues to make it from the locker room to the ice. Interested fans must sign up in advance on site, subject to availability for groups of 10 or less. 

Tweet from @NHLBlackhawks: Any escape room fans coming to #BHC2019? Try your hand at the "Emergency Goalie Challenge," an escape room experience that will challenge you to solve the clues to get from the locker room to the ice.Maybe this guy can help you out 😅

5. Explore the historic Hilton Chicago

Once the largest hotel in the world and still one of Chicago's most luxurious, the Hilton Chicago provides an unforgettable backdrop for the 2019 Blackhawks Convention. The landmark hotel has been featured in movies and TV shows like "The Fugitive," and is just a short walk from famous Chicago sites, including Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute and Grant Park.

4. Immerse yourself in Blackhawks history

A Hockey Hall of Fame in the Blackhawks Convention Interactive Hall will showcase trophies, Blackhawks artifacts and all six Stanley Cup Championship rings. Just steps away, fans can compete in Fifth Third Arena's Ice Bocce tournament, which combines the backyard game of bocce ball with the on-ice excitement of curling or have the opportunity to Design-Your-Own-Puck, printed in minutes at the on-site Blackhawks Store. Don't miss the additional photo opportunities with the Zamboni, Blackhawks Bluesmobile, One Goal letters and more. 

Tweet from @NHLBlackhawks: "We love the Blackhawks, and as a family outing, we could do it all together."Hear how Sarah's family turned the #Blackhawks Convention into an annual family activity! #BHC2018

3. Catch a panel or Blackhawks Convention game show

Hear from Blackhawks players, executives and legends of the game at one of the many panels taking place throughout Convention weekend. For the first time, a Blackhawks Variety Show will cap off Friday night at the Convention with appearances from your favorite members of the team. 

Tweet from @NHLBlackhawks: Who better than @ABurish37 to take us behind the scenes before Opening Ceremonies of the #Blackhawks Convention?! #BHC2018

2. Take in the Opening Ceremonies on Friday night

The weekend kicks off with Opening Ceremonies on Friday night as Blackhawks stars walk the red carpet and mingle with fans at the Hilton Chicago. From the national anthem to the roar of the crowd, it's the best hockey atmosphere of the summer in Chicago and you could be there!

1. Have an unforgettable Chicago Blackhawks weekend!

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