One of the best birthday presents I could have. I am being sent to Chicago! I get to see my brother, my niece, my mom, my Aunt Mary (everyone has an Aunt Mary) who just turned 85! And my uncle.
The main event of the trip is going to see the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night when they play the visiting San Jose Sharks. It’s Jeremy Roenick Heritage Night. Man I am so psyched up for this game, as Jeremy is my favorite player and I actually get a chance to be at the game as they honor him on what hopefully will be a very special night.
Check out Blackhawk Up to get the latest on the Hawks. I’m going to try and see Jeff between periods if we can connect.
My brother and I had season tickets for 11 years and saw some great hockey during that time. A ton of great players and a ton of games including playoffs every single year. And of course one Stanley Cup run. I saw the 1991 All-Star game which was really something special to be at. The old Chicago Stadium had a real personality that will most likely never be duplicated. Our seats were in the second balcony just past the blue line on the side of the organ. Oh, by the way, we had first row! For those of you who’ve never been there, believe it or not, it was a great seat. And the atmosphere was even better. Chanting “Detroit Sux”, and players names like, “Dino” for the hated Dino Ciccarelli. Also chanting “Eddie” for Belfour, which was heard more often than anything else.
You could feel the electricity in the building especially during the playoffs. Back in those days stadiums didn’t have escalators and we had to climb 99 stairs (my wife counted them once) to get to our seats. My brother and I had a routine or almost a superstitious habit each time we went. Get to the game just before the pregame warm up. Get our food first and then go to our seats. Watch the warm up and eat while the two teams went through their own routines. Once the National Anthem was sung and the puck was dropped we opened our bags of peanuts. Kind of corny, but hey, that’s how we did it.
Back then we had a full package of season tickets. 41 home games every year and then the playoffs, which some years the Hawks went pretty deep. There were some playoff games that were played on back to back nights and I remember that sometimes it was such a hassel with work, getting up in the morning aftger an overtime game and doing the same thing the next night. But looking back, I would never have had it any other way.
There are 2 things that I always looked forward to seeing at the game. 1) Jeremy, and 2) The Anthem.
Here’s a tribute to JR during his Blackhawk years and below that is the anthem from the 1991 all-star game which was played during the Gulf War. You had to be there to feel the old Stadium rock. It was electric.
It will be good to see my family. It will be nice to see the city. I just love that skyline.
And best of all going to the game with my brother and seeing two professional teams play. One that I can cheer for and know that they have a chance to win!
Thanks for reading.