Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010
By Chris Boden
BUFFALO, New York - Greetings from the Cup Tour and the shores of Lake Erie in western New York. My photog Mike Cappozzo, a couple of Blackhawks officials, and I landed to a perfect evening ahead of what should be an extremely busy Friday, with Lord Stanley's silver due to arrive back in North America from Antti Niemi's time with it in Finland.
How busy? We'll meet up with Patrick and the Kane family early in the morning in order to get to Niagara Falls before the park opens to the public for photo ops and interviews with what should be a heavy media contingent at the Cave of the Winds' Hurricane Deck. Guess it won't matter if it happens to be raining.
From there, Patrick and the Cup he helped secure with that game-winning goal two months ago visit a cancer center to bring some smiles to patients' faces, strike a pose with some ironworkers who are putting up a new medical building, attend an event with city officials, some floor hockey in the burbs, before a long day winds up with a private party.
Down the street tonight, a concert featuring the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Lots of motorcycles. Have yet to decide if I'm Tough Enough to check out such musical rabble-rousers and still get my rest.
We'll check in here along the way throughout the day on Friday. Stay close by, plus much more on "SportsNite" Friday evening.
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.
On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, forward Vinnie Hinostroza joins Pat Boyle and evaluates his rookie season, tells us how he has added MMA and Ju-jitsu to his offseason training and is he going to room with Ryan Hartman next season?
Plus, Tracey Myers joins Pat to discuss Patrick Kane’s first interview this offseason, the latest on the Blackhawks coaching moves and tournament fall-out for Artemi Panarin, Marcus Kruger and Alex DeBrincat.
Listen to the latest episode of the Hawks Talk Podcast below.