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Read about some of the highlights from the festivities on the first day of the Convention

by Chris Wescott /

Chris Chelios' introduction as a team ambassador and Scott Foster taking the stage were just a couple of the memorable moments from the 2018 Blackhawks Convention opening ceremonies.

Tweet from @NHLBlackhawks: The boys are ready to walk the red carpet at Opening Ceremonies!#BHC2018

As is tradition, Blackhawks Anthem Singer Jim Cornelison launched the festivities with an inspired rendition of the 'Star Spangled Banner.' Convention Master of Ceremonies Eddie Olczyk kept the party going as alumni and current players alike walked out to cheers, high-fiving the crowd of fans who came out for the 11th annual event.

Chelios received a large cheer as he appeared for the first time since officially joining the franchise a few days ago as an ambassador. The Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman came out donning the captain's "C", which he wore four seasons as a player in Chicago.

Foster received a video tribute and a big salute from the fans as well. The emergency goaltender, who was forced into action against Winnipeg on March 29, was greeted as if he was any other beloved Blackhawks player.

The fans chanted "Corey!" as Stanley Cup champion goaltender Corey Crawford walked across the stage. Read our feature on his progress with his injury HERE.

Tweet from @NHLBlackhawks: A warm welcome back for the Crow! #BHC2018

With the events of this evening, the 2018 Blackhawks Convention is officially underway. See all the content from Day 1 HERE. will be live streaming each panel and event in the International Ballroom on Saturday. We will have more coverage throughout the weekend.

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