Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Chicago Blackhawks - dates for the calendar

According to Stanley Cup rules, hockey's beloved silver chalice gets 100 days with the winning team. The first couple weeks are generally spent celebrating in and around the winning team's hometown - parades, etc. It'd be interesting to figure out how much mileage the Stanley Cup has logged since the Blackhawks first hoisted it on the ice at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia on June 9, 2010: travels since then have included multiple public sightings in Chicago, two parades, and trips to Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

Some time in early to mid-July, the players all get their "Day With the Cup": each player gets 24 hours to do whatever they like with the Stanley Cup (within reason). Many players, when interviewed, have stated they'd like to play street hockey back home with friends, family, or neighborhood kids. No doubt that the Cup will see several more parade routes along the way, too. As to what else the Cup might be up to - well, here's hoping that the guys who Tweet for the team (@NHLBlackhawks) or the team blog post some regular updates. (The Hockey Hall of Fame has a spot on their website for the 2010 Stanley Cup Journal, but it doesn't seem to be updated very quickly.) No doubt that local fans and bloggers from the players' hometowns will also provide updates!

The Cup is going to head to Europe for approximately 10 days, where it will make the rounds in Finland, Slovakia, Sweden, and France, although not necessarily in that order, before returning to North America to make the rounds in Canada and the U.S. The team's time with the Cup will end right around the day of the Training Camp Festival (September 18).

Here's a listing of some major dates on the Blackhawks calendar during the summer and into the beginning of the 2010-2011 season:

- Stanley Cup at Daley Plaza - Tuesday, June 29
The Stanley Cup will be at Daley Plaza (Washington between Clark & Dearborn) from 10am - 4pm. People will not be allowed to line up before 8am. Bring your own camera; no professional photographer available.

The Sun-Times reports that after Daley Plaza, the Cup will make the rounds to Coach's Corner and Jordan's Pub & Eatery, both in Orland Park; and Sam Buca's Restaurant & Bar in Palos Heights.

- Blackhawks booth at Taste of Chicago
June 25 - July 2, 11am - 6pm
July 3 & 4, 11am - 4pm

- Prospect Camp - Friday, July 9 - Monday, July 12
Johnny's Ice House West, 2550 W. Madison, Chicago. Complete roster and schedule to be released at a later date. Events at Johnny's are generally open to the public.

- 3rd Annual Blackhawks Convention - Friday, July 30 - Sunday, August 1
Chicago Hilton, 720 S. Michigan Ave. Tickets have been sold out for some time.

- 2010-2011 single-game tickets go on sale - some time in mid-August

- Blackhawks Training Camp Festival - Saturday, September 18

- Preseason begins - Wednesday, September 22
Tampa Bay Lightning will be "host" to the Chicago Blackhawks at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg for a preseason game. This game will be the first of seven preseason games, September 22 - October 3.

- Regular season begins - Thursday, October 7
The Blackhawks kick off their 2010-2011 season with an away game at the Colorado Avalanche.

- Regular season home opener & Stanley Cup banner raising - Saturday, October 9
The Chicago Blackhawks have their first home game of the 2010-2011 season against long-time rivals, the Detroit Red Wings. This game will also mark the raising of the 2009-2010 season banners to the rafters of the United Center, and the Stanley Cup will be in the house.

- All-Star Game, Raleigh, NC - January 29 & 30, 2011
Hosted by the Carolina Hurricanes, this season's All-Star Game will take place in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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