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Chicago: Hockeytown USA?

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With the Blackhawks cruising through the regular season and another playoff appearance all but wrapped up one can't help but question whether Chicago is one of the best Hockey towns in the USA. The Bears, Cubs, Sox and Bulls are all underachieving, the one team that many casual and even veteran Chicago sports fans turned their back on for decades at a time has come back into national relevance.

The Blackhawks are not the only game in town however, adding to the hockey craze in Chicago are the 4-time Champion Chicago Wolves. The Wolves drew a season-high 15,532 fans to Allstate Arena on Jan. 30, the fifth-best crowd in their 16-year history. They are within striking distance of first place in the tightly packed West Division and expect healthy crowds through the rest of the regular season.

Remember, there once was a time that the Wolves drew more fans than the Blackhawks, as they have a cheaper venue to attract more casual hockey fans.

The Winter Olympics is the perfect stage to attract even the most casual hockey fan, being one myself I can't help but watch the contribution our Chicago Blackhawks have brought to the world stage.

In Sunday's Olympic gold medal game our Blackhawks were on center stage for yet another time. Jonathan Towes started off the action with a first period goal, Patrick Kane followed up with a goal of his own in the second further validating the Blackhawks front office drafting and the players themselves.

They are the only respectable game in town right now and I'm willing to bet that once (if) any of our other beloved teams get back to winning ways we may just push this young, exciting Blackhawks team out of our mind yet once again.

If you were not already on the Blackhawks bandwagon for 2010, it would be wise to do so soon before maximum capacity is reached.

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