Since Rocky Wirtz took over as Chairman of the Chicago Blackhawks, bad decisions have been rare. From bringing back Pat Foley, hiring John McDonough, televising home games, launching the Blackhawks convention, and honoring former Hawks greats with heritage nights, the Hawks have been right on with their decisions.
Well, tonight, I think the Hawks have finally dropped the ball.
Just under and hour ago, I received the official press release. "Blackhawks to Host Chris Chelios Heritage Night December 17th."
In the words of Samir Nagheenanajar from Office Space, "This is horrible...this idea."
I get why the Hawks would think it's a good idea to honor this
douche guy. He was the best defenseman to ever play for the Hawks. He was arguably the best American born player of all time. He is a 3 time Norris Trophy winner, and a 3 time Stanley Cup champion.
So why not honor Chelios? Well, plain and simple, he's a Red Wing, and a
Despite telling Mike North he'd never play a game for the Red Wings, in
March of 1999 he accepted a trade to the Hawks' biggest rival. He ended
up playing 10 seasons with the Red Wings (he played 9 with the
If that wasn't enough of a slap, he rubbed his
awards and "Red Wing-ness" in the faces of Hawk fans all over Chicago.
He'd bring his Red Wings Cups to Wrigley Field, US Cellular Field, and all over town. He relished shoving the Cup in our faces.
When the Hawks honored their 75th Anniversary Team,
Chelios refused to put on, or even hold up his Hawks sweater for a
group photo, forever sullying the pic with the putrid Winged Wheel.
In 1998, he was the Captain of the USA Men's Hockey Team at the Nagano
Olympics Games. Not only did the team fail to even medal, they trashed
room in a drunken rage.
How about his crappy chili?
Oh, and don't forget his DUI in Westmont last year. Classy
This is the
first mistake the Hawks have made. He broke the hearts of the fans from his home town, and seemed to take enjoyment in it. If he doesn't want to be remembered as a Hawk, why should we give him that chance? I for one, will not be part of December 17th festivities. If someone wants to honor Chelios, maybe name a burning garbage can in downtown Detroit after him. That would be fitting for a guy like Chelios.
If true Hawk fans make enough
noise, maybe the Hawks will "postpone" the night...maybe indefinitely...hopefully forever.