This weekend marks the fourth annual Chicago Blackhawks Convention at the Hilton Chicago. If you're heading to the Hilton Chicago, make sure to catch these sessions and events:
Life on the Road
Although the United Center is an amazing place to play hockey, 41 times every regular season the Blackhawks take their game on the road. This means flying from city to city, traveling on the team bus and playing in unfriendly territory. It also means bonding time with teammates and more than a few playful pranks. Patrick Sharp, Brent Seabrook, Duncan Keith and Bryan Bickell, along with host Dan Roan of WGN9, give you a behind-the-scenes look at life on the road.
Between the Pipes
As the last line of defense, it’s the goalie’s job to get between the puck and the back of the net by any means necessary. Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford joins Hall of Famers Glenn Hall and Tony Esposito for a panel discussion about the trials and tribulations of minding the crease in the NHL. Hosted by Mark Giangreco of ABC7.
Chicago’s Most Wanted
When you’re among Chicago’s greatest athletes and most popular figures, you’re going to turn some heads. Join current Blackhawks Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Viktor Stalberg as they discuss living in a town where everybody knows their names. Hosted by Rob Johnson from CBS2.
Ask Hockey Operations
Whether it’s drafting, signing players, developing prospects or making a key trade, VP/GM Stan Bowman and his team are responsible for putting together a championship contender every season. Join Stan Bowman, VP/Assistant to the President Al MacIsaac, Asst. GM Marc Bergevin, Senior Advisor, Hockey Operations Scotty Bowman and Director of Player Personnel Norm Maciver, along with host Troy Murray, for a discussion about building a winner in the NHL.
This… is Blackhawks Idol! Come celebrate with the Blackhawks and watch your fellow fans face off in the Convention’s first-ever singing competition. Celebrity judges Jim Cornelison, Dennis Hull, Troy Murray and John Scott will provide commentary in this American Idol-style contest. Hosted by Pat Tomasulo from WGN9.
Meet Your New Blackhawks
The Blackhawks made quite a splash on July 1, bringing in a host of experienced, gritty players who will do anything for their teammates and the team. Chris Boden of Comcast SportsNet joins new acquisitions Sean O’Donnell, Jamal Mayers, Steve Montador, Brett McLean and Rostislav Olesz for a chat on why they chose Chicago and what they hope to achieve with the Blackhawks.
Coach Q and His Crew
With a fiery competitiveness and steely gaze, head coach Joel Quenneville and his staff are behind the bench every game, helping the Blackhawks achieve their ultimate goal. Join host John Wiedeman as he sits down with Coach Q, assistant coaches Mike Haviland and Mike Kitchen and goaltending coach Stephane Waite as they take you inside the coaches’ room and tell stories from the bench.
Generations of Goal Scorers
The buildings have changed, the players have changed, and even the ice has changed, but the thrill of scoring has always remained the same. Join Bobby Hull, Denis Savard, Michel Goulet and Marian Hossa as they talk with host Chet Coppock about doing what they know best: putting the puck in the back of the net.