With exactly a month to go until Chicago hosts the 2017 NHL Draft for the first time ever, the Blackhawks and league announced Wednesday their plans for Fan Fest held outside the United Center on June 23 and 24.
A handful of Blackhawks players and alumni will be in attendance and made available for photo opportunities, as will the Stanley Cup. Fans will also be able to explore the NHL Centennial Fan Arena, "a 53-foot museum truck with an innovative interior featuring more than 1,000 square feet of interactive digital displays, original video content, one-of-a-kind historical memorabilia, unique photo moments and a social media wall," according to the press release.
A full list of activities, special guest appearances and schedule will be posted at a later date.
Friday's events will run from 3 to 9 p.m. while Saturday's festivites will go from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Parking Lot C, north of the United Center.
Additional passes for the weekend will be made available to the public starting June 9. For more information, visit chicagoblackhawks.com/fanfest.
For the first time in franchise history, the Chicago Steel have made a run to the Clark Cup Final and they're not looking to stop there.
After stealing one of two on the road in Sioux City, the best-of-five series shifts to Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva, Ill. for Games 3 and 4 as the Steel look to, not only capture their first ever championship, but do so on home ice as well.
To get fans hyped for Game 3 on Friday night at 7:05 p.m., Blackhawks anthem singer Jim Cornelison will perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to puck drop.
Steel President Dan Lehv stopped by CSN Thursday to talk about the journey, and the excitement surrounding his club. Check out the interview in the video above.
Alex DeBrincat has hit just about every individual milestone you can think of in the Ontario Hockey League, and it translated into a historic season for his team this year.
On Friday, he helped the Erie Otters overcome a 3-1 deficit against the Mississauga Steelheads to force overtime, where they wrapped up the series in five games to win the second J. Ross Robertson Cup in franchise history (2001-02).
DeBrincat, the Blackhawks' second-round draft pick (No. 39 overall) in 2016, was recently named the recipient of the Red Tilson Trophy as the OHL's Most Outstanding Player of the Year after recording 65 goals and 62 assists for 127 points in 63 regular season games. He followed that up by leading the team in postseason scoring with 13 goals and 25 assists in 22 contests.
DeBrincat and the Otters will be one of four teams to participate in the Memorial Cup, a round-robin tournament to determine the champion of the Canadian Hockey League, which runs from May 19-28.
Blackhawks prospects Matthew Highmore and Nathan Noel already punched their tickets with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL, as did Graham Knott with the Windsor Spitfires, who are hosting.