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Check out these tips to make the most of your first Blackhawks Convention.

by Leah Pascarella and Leah Hendrickson /

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 weekend kicks off with a high-energy Opening Ceremony on Friday night in the International Ballroom. Blackhawks Anthem singer Jim Cornelison will get the crowd cheering and Blackhawks players and alumni walk down the runway and greet fans. Arrive early (fans can line up beginning at 12 p.m.) if you want to snag a spot next to the walkway for amazing photos and high fives from the team!

NEW THIS YEAR: Blackhawks Variety Hour

Watch Blackhawks players and fans team up in on-stage games in the debut of the Blackhawks Variety Hour! Steve Cochran and Adam Burish host the show with appearances by Patrick Sharp, Kendall Coyne, Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome testing their hand at retro games including Jeopardy, Match Game and more. Friday night in the International Ballroom is a can't miss event!

Get an autograph or take a photo with a Blackhawk

Throughout the weekend there are more than 50 open autograph sessions and photo 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.

NEW THIS YEAR: Escape Room

Are you an avid Escape Room goer? Test your detective skills in the Emergency Goalie Challenge! This escape room experience will challenge fans to solve clues to make it from the locker room to the ice! Sign up in advance on site to give it a shot.

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. 

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.

Shop 'til you drop!

Stock up for the season and take advantage of some great deals at the Blackhawks Store. Save 70 percent on sweaters in the jersey outlet in the Mobley Room! And new this year, design your own custom puck in Salon A. You won't want to miss this!

NEW THIS YEAR: Blackhawks Barre

Start your Saturday morning off right with a session of Blackhawks Barre. We've teamed up with Pure Barre for a total-body, low-impact workout! 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! 

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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