The rise of the Blackhawks
There's a great story today in the Chicago Sun-Times on Rocky Wirtz, John McDonough and how the Blackhawks are relevant again in the city:
On the night the Hawks honored former great Tony Esposito, Wirtz saw security interfering with a fan's attempt to throw a jersey into Esposito's lower-level box. He walked over to the fan and said, "What can I do for you?" The fan, who was in his 30s, said he was a lifelong fan of Esposito and wanted to get the jersey signed. Wirtz walked him past security into Esposito's box.An old topic, but a good one. You can see in the hockey blogosphere more and more Chicago influence lately, which is a great thing.
"He couldn't believe it," Wirtz said. "It meant something to him. And that's how you do it. Fan by fan, you build an organization. It's just like building a brand. There's no Madison Avenue sales pitch that can build that kind of commitment."
I'm already looking forward to the Winter Classic II.
UPDATE Chicago named Jonathan Toews captain on Friday night in a move that was widely expected. Toews is the third-youngest captain in NHL history, behind Sidney Crosby and Vincent Lecavalier.