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FEATURE: On the other side of the glass

Blackhawks fans came to MB Ice Arena all week to watch prospects compete on the ice

by Maya Litchfield / chicagoblackhawks.com

While the Blackhawks' prospects showcased their skills at Development Camp, fans in attendance were there to cast their predictions and see who the best additions will be to the roster in the future.

Blackhawks fans were in and out of the doors at MB Ice Arena all week and packed the stands on Friday for a 9:30 a.m. scrimmage.

Lifelong fans Dave and Colleen drove from Wisconsin to watch the camp and stay for the Chicago Pro Hockey League game later Wednesday night.

The two have been hockey fans, and Blackhawks fans, their whole lives. Dave lit up as he reminisced about his history attending games at the old Chicago Stadium.

"First time I came down was 1985 to the old Chicago Stadium," he said. "To me, that was the best arena I've ever been to because you sat there, cramped in your seat and it was loud. If there wasn't something happening on the ice, there was something going on in the stands. Just the atmosphere was loud."

Greg, a Crystal Lake resident who has been a fan for 52 years, sat down before the warmups to watch his first, in-person Development Camp scrimmage. He shared his excitement about the new players for the Blackhawks, but considers himself more of a "goalie watcher."

"Without a good goalie you can't win the Stanley Cup," he said.

Greg was prepared to analyze the scrimmage in detail and pick out his favorite players of the game.

"We didn't have a development camp back then, so this is great now to see what these guys play like. The NHL is bigger, faster and stronger than any other league so you have to know if these guys can make it." 

Larry and his son Liam were tuned in the whole week since the start of the camp and drove in Friday to watch the scrimmage.

"We're fans, but Liam is a huge fan of the NHL in general. He studies hockey," Larry said.

Liam was dressed in a Blackhawks jersey while sitting on the edge of his seat awaiting the start of the scrimmage.

"We have defensive prospects all of a sudden so that's really exciting," he said.

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