Tag: Chicago Blackhawks

Old habits don't necessarily die hard, but they take time

Old habits don't necessarily die hard, but they take time
I’ve had trouble getting to sleep in recent weeks. I know why — it’s because I don’t have my habit from so many previous winters, going to sleep at the end of a Chicago Blackhawks game. Oh, no, I’m not going back to them — not after the way managers treated a case of alleged... Read more »

Goodbye, Blackhawks; 'from now on, you're only someone that I used to love'

The Stanley Cup, the emblem of the championship of the National Hockey League, is one of the more beautiful things I have ever seen. I was sent to bed in 1971 when the Chicago Blackhawks were leading the Montreal Canadiens in the deciding seventh game of the Stanley Cup Finals. I woke up in the... Read more »

How to say 2021-2022 for the new seasons

How to say 2021-2022 for the new seasons
It’s a fun night for me when the Chicago Blackhawks start a new season, even an exhibition season. So tonight, Sept. 29, I am savoring the news as I get read for the exhibitions to begin. This will lead to the regular hockey season for 2021-2022. This is the first night I’ve heard that expression... Read more »
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In memory of TO-NY! TO-NY! TO-NY!

In memory of TO-NY! TO-NY! TO-NY!
Tony Esposito, who played goaltender for my favorite Chicago team, hockey’s Blackhawks, from my childhood until I was almost 21, died on Aug. 10 of pancreatic cancer. My father and I saw five Blackhawks games together at Chicago Stadium, one a year through high school and my first year at Valparaiso University. I carefully selected... Read more »

Comparing soccer and hockey imagery

Comparing soccer and hockey imagery
I was listening to the end of the Chicago Blackhawks‘ latest hockey game tonight when I caught up on some recent BBC stories on the Internet. This collection of expressions in a Radio 4 essay, “End to end with 15 football phrases from around the world,” reminded me of some of the fun jargon from... Read more »

On fame, privacy, and Jonathan Toews' health

On fame, privacy, and Jonathan Toews' health
There’s not much privacy about being sick, especially when you have to call the office. There can be lots of extra questions: “What’s wrong? When will you be back? Are you going to the doctor?” Most of that is none of coworkers’ business! Generally, I think the easiest thing to call in sick about is... Read more »
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Hockey in August and other summer oddities

Hockey in August and other summer oddities
Things are beginning to develop new norms as we lurch along in 2020.  I’m enjoying following the Chicago Blackhawks‘ progress in the Stanley Cup playoffs, which didn’t seem possible when (ice) hockey paused in March and the team’s record wasn’t strong enough to qualify for it. But now, all of the Western Conference playoff teams... Read more »

Even Joel Quenneville didn't win 'three Stanley Cups' -- there's only one

Even Joel Quenneville didn't win 'three Stanley Cups' -- there's only one
Being careful with the English language isn’t something I can turn off, even when I am dealing with rotten news. When I started to read and hear stories about my favorite (ice) hockey team, the Chicago Blackhawks, firing coach Joel Quenneville, I was stunned. Three championships for “the Hawks” — in 2010, 2013, and 2015... Read more »

In memory of Stan Mikita

In memory of Stan Mikita
I had known it was coming since the most recent day the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup championship, i.e., June 15, 2015, but today’s  news of Stan Mikita’s death still came as a shock to me as a Blackhawk supporter. Some of my favorite memories of growing up are of watching Stan late in... Read more »
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Here's to you, Scott Foster!

Here's to you, Scott Foster!
I’ve followed Chicago Blackhawks hockey since I was quite small. I have trouble passing a patch of ice, or walking across one, without thinking of “my Hawks.” In troubled seasons like this one, I’d love to be able to help them. But I can’t skate. Scott Foster, a 36-year-old accountant and amateur goalie, got to help... Read more »