Blackhawks trade in red for purple in visit to Northwestern

Blackhawks trade in red for purple in visit to Northwestern
September 7, 2013, 7:30 pm
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By Mark Maxwell

What's more exciting than grown men crashing into each other? Grown men crashing into each other while wearing ice skates.

Today, Chicago Blackhawks players Andrew Shaw, Bryan Bickell and Brandon Saad were guests of honor at the Northwestern Wildcats' home-opener vs. Syracuse. Coach Pat Fitzgerald and the rest of the Northwestern football family welcomed the Hawks and gave them Northwestern football jerseys, personalized with their respective hockey numbers.

"I think we all look pretty good in purple. We could rep it all year round," Shaw said. "It's great for them to have us here. We support them as much as they support us."

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Not to compare apples to oranges, but there are some similarities between these two teams. Often referred to in years past with the unwanted moniker "Cardiac 'Cats," Northwestern has been known to jump out to an early lead, only to lose in the closing minutes. These Blackhawks could just as easily be dubbed the "Heart Attack Hawks."

From losing Game 7 to the Canucks in the 2011 playoffs, to coming from behind in Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals, the Blackhawks have both won and lost in heart-stopping fashion.

If winning truly is contagious, Fitzgerald might want to quarantine these Blackhawks in the Northwestern locker room.

Watch the entire Big Ten Network video below.