WBEZ | Chicago Blackhawks http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-blackhawks Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Blackhawks beat Bruins 4-3 in 3OT Cup opener http://www.wbez.org/news/blackhawks-beat-bruins-4-3-3ot-cup-opener-107668 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP593189709261.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Chicago Blackhawks know all about Andrew Shaw&#39;s reputation around the league. They also know the pesky little forward is so much more than just another irritant for opposing players.</p><p>The diminutive Shaw sparred with Zdeno Chara, dished out nine hits and was in the right place when his team needed him the most Wednesday night in a thrilling start to the Stanley Cup finals.</p><p>Shaw popped back up after he was knocked down and skated to the front of the goal to get a deflection on Dave Bolland&#39;s tip for the winning score in the Blackhawks&#39; 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins in the fifth-longest game in the history of the NHL&#39;s biggest series.</p><p>&quot;We knew it wasn&#39;t going to be pretty at that point,&quot; Shaw said. &quot;You could tell both teams were physically exhausted. We&#39;ve preached it: Go to the net, you&#39;ll find a way to get a greasy goal. We did a heck of a job of it there in the third overtime.&quot;</p><p>Shaw was knocked down near the boards but got up as the puck came out to Michal Rozsival, who started the winning sequence with a shot from the right point into traffic. Bolland&#39;s tip then went off Shaw&#39;s right leg and past Tuukka Rask at 12:08 for his fifth goal of the playoffs.</p><p>And just like that, the longest finals game in five years was over. Shaw skated off to the side and pumped his arms furiously, then joined his teammates for a weary celebration.</p><p>&quot;I mean, I think you could ask players on other teams and they&#39;ll tell you that he&#39;s not the type of guy that they like to play against,&quot; Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. &quot;But that&#39;s what we love about him. We love having a guy like that on our team. He&#39;s not afraid.&quot;</p><p>Generously listed at 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, Shaw still decided to shove the 6-9 Chara after play stopped in the first. Bruins coach Claude Julien called Shaw an agitator who is &quot;good at embellishing, too, at times.&quot;</p><p>But he also has four assists in the playoffs after he had nine goals and six assists while playing in all 48 games during the regular season.</p><p>&quot;The bigger the stage, the bigger the challenge, he rises to the occasion,&quot; Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.</p><p>Milan Lucic had two goals and an assist for the Bruins, who had won five straight and nine of 10. Patrice Bergeron scored a power-play goal and David Krejci finished with two assists.</p><p>&quot;Not disappointed in our effort,&quot; Julien said. &quot;There&#39;s certain things you&#39;re going to want to fix for next game. But as far as the game is concerned, it was a hard-fought game.&quot;</p><p>Rask made an astounding 59 saves in a finals marathon that surpassed Pittsburgh&#39;s 4-3 win over Detroit on June 2, 2008, when Petr Sykora scored at 9:57 of the third overtime.</p><p>Game 2 is Saturday night at the United Center.</p><p>&quot;That&#39;s playoff hockey,&quot; Bruins center Rich Peverley said. &quot;It&#39;s fun to watch, so we&#39;ll think about this until we get out of here and then shake it off and get ready for Saturday.&quot;</p><p>Bolland and Johnny Oduya scored in the third period for Chicago, which never would have made it to the third overtime if not for an impressive performance by goaltender Corey Crawford. Brandon Saad had his first goal of the playoffs.</p><p>Crawford gave the Blackhawks a chance by standing his ground when the Bruins had repeated opportunities in the extra sessions.</p><p>Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille skated in for a 2-on-1 in the first OT, and Crawford turned away Thornton on the doorstep. He denied Peverley and Tyler Seguin in rapid succession, and helped Chicago kill off two power plays when it was whistled twice for too many men on the ice.</p><p>Nathan Horton hit the post in the first extra session, and Chara&#39;s slap shot deflected off Jaromir Jagr and then the inside of the right post at the very end of the second overtime.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s exhausting,&quot; said Crawford, who had 29 of his 51 saves in the overtimes. &quot;I just try to tell myself to make the next save, and we&#39;re going to score on our next shot.&quot;</p><p>The action was so fast and furious that it took a toll on the players with Horton skating off during a power play with an injury &mdash; likely a serious one to leave the ice during that pivotal moment.</p><p>The Blackhawks trailed 3-1 in the third period before they turned up the pressure on Rask, who stepped up when he faced a similar attack from Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference finals. This time, he coughed up the lead, hurt by one unlucky carom.</p><p>First, Bolland converted a nice pass from Shaw for his first goal of the playoffs. Then Oduya&#39;s long slap shot went off the left skate of Boston defenseman Andrew Ference and into the net for the tying goal with 7:46 remaining in regulation.</p><p>Oduya&#39;s shot was going wide and wouldn&#39;t have gone in if it hadn&#39;t hit Ference&#39;s skate.</p><p>&quot;We were up two goals and all of a sudden the game was tied,&quot; said Chara, who had more than 45 minutes of ice time. &quot;We&#39;ve got two days to regroup and get ready for the next game.&quot;</p><p>The sellout crowd of 22,110 cheered as Krejci and Toews stared each other down for the opening faceoff of the first Stanley Cup finals between Original Six franchises in 34 years.</p><p>And it almost didn&#39;t happen.</p><p>Game 1 came exactly five months after the official end of a long and bitter lockout. The labor dispute wiped out 510 games, but the sides managed to come together in time to save an abbreviated 48-game season and playoffs.</p><p>They were rewarded with a final playoff series between two big-market teams with passionate followings and scores of top players. The Blackhawks returned to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since they won it all three year ago. Boston won the title the following season, and the same core of players is at the center of this year&#39;s playoff run.</p><p>It was enough to attract the attention of President Barack Obama, who has a home in Chicago and made it clear whom he was pulling for before the opener. He wished the Blackhawks good luck over Twitter before adding: &quot;hope to welcome you back to the White House again as #StanleyCup champs.&quot;</p><p>Boston countered with a Rolling Stone: Mick Jagger tweeted a photo of himself holding a Bruins jersey before a show at TD Garden.</p><p>The Bruins got off to fast start behind Lucic, who scored in each of the first two periods. The Blackhawks got on the board when Marian Hossa stole the puck from Dennis Seidenberg in the Boston end and fed Saad, who one-timed it past Rask at 3:08 in the second.</p><p>Saad&#39;s goal ended a scoreless streak of 149 minutes, 36 seconds for Rask dating to Game 3 of the sweep against the Penguins.</p></p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 08:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/blackhawks-beat-bruins-4-3-3ot-cup-opener-107668 Still alive: Blackhawks force game 7 http://www.wbez.org/news/sports/still-alive-blackhawks-force-game-7-107383 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP492509341859.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;Blackhawks&nbsp;have forced a seventh game in their Western Conference semifinal series with the Detroit Red Wings.</p><p>The&nbsp;Blackhawks&nbsp;staved off elimination by scoring three straight goals in the third period of a 4-2 win over the Red Wings in Detroit. Michal Handzus tied the game 51 seconds into the third period before Brian Bickell gave the Hawks their first lead since the opening period, beating Jimmy Howard with 14:12 remaining. Michael Frolik doubled&nbsp;Chicago&#39;s&nbsp;lead on a penalty shot less than four minutes after Bickell&#39;s tally.</p><p>Damien Brunner scored with 51.7 seconds left to get the Red Wings within 4-3 before Corey Crawford shut the door. Crawford finished with 35 saves.</p><p>Marian Hossa contributed a power-play goal and an assist, while Jonathan Toews set up two scores.</p><p>Game 7 will be Wednesday in&nbsp;Chicago.</p></p> Mon, 27 May 2013 21:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/sports/still-alive-blackhawks-force-game-7-107383 Farm to stadium food, plus the Chicago Blackhawks secret green juice http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-02/farm-stadium-food-plus-chicago-blackhawks-secret-green-juice-105626 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8484407832/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/unitedcenterwaffles.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Chick-n-waffle stix with maple bacon dippin' sauce at United Center by Levy Restaurants in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p>Is the secret to the Chicago <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-02/blackhawks-start-one-history-books-105625">Blackhawks record season</a> success a secret green juice?</p><p>United Center <a href="http://www.levyrestaurants.com/chefs/michael-arcomone">Executive Chef&nbsp;</a><a href="http://www.levyrestaurants.com/chefs/michael-arcomone">Michael&nbsp;Arcomone</a> shared the recipe on a private behind the scenes tasting tour to showcase their farm to stadium food last Sunday.</p><p>Plus,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.peta.org/mediacenter/news-releases/Home-of-the-Bulls-Scores-as-One-of-the-NBA-s-Most-Vegetarian-Friendly-Arenas.aspx">PETA actually recognized the United Center</a> in its first top 10 list of most vegetarian-friendly NBA arenas last week. They specifically noted the vegan tempeh Sloppy Jane, housemade veggie burger, and a baked potato.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8491041567/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/unitedcenterclub.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Chicago Stadium club table and booth at United Center in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><p style="text-align: left;">Chef Mike, as Arcomone is known throughout the stadium, leads a staff of about 90 for Levy Restaurants, working closely with Milan Stojakovic, Director of Operations. They took over foodservice in 2009, serving not only concession stand classics like hot dogs and beer, but luxury dining, staff meals, and Hawks team meals too.</p><p style="text-align: left;">That season Chicago won the Stanley Cup.</p><p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8491000471/" style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/unitedcenteramuse.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Garrett Popcorn with beer cheese and pretzel crostini amuse bouche in Chicago Stadium Club at United Center by Levy Restaurants (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;The head trainer for the&nbsp;<a href="http://blackhawks.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=47108">Blackhawks [Mike Gapski]</a>&nbsp;asked us to go on the Dr. Oz website for ideas for the green juice,&quot; said Chef Mike, &quot;So my chefs did a tasting of all the recipes they found. What you have is what they came up with. They added a little of this and a little of that.&quot; (Yes, I know about <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/02/04/130204fa_fact_specter?currentPage=all"><em>The New Yorker</em> story about Dr. Oz</a>.)</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The Hawks specifically request organic ingredients, cage free eggs, and gluten free bread too.</div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8492113724/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/unitedcenterdog.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Chicago hot dog at BMO Harris Club at United Center by Levy Restaurants in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;Most of the players drink the juice: Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Corey Crawford, Brent Seabrook, Ray Emery, Jamal Mayers,&quot; said Ricardo Ibarra, Levy Restaurants banquet chef at the United Center.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;There are a few exceptions but for the most part they all have one or two glasses.&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8491053579/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/unitedcenterveggie.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Housemade black bean and rice veggie burger with Cheddar cheese, barbecue sauce on toasted nine-grain bun with handcut fries by Levy Restaurants at Ketel One Club in United Center, Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">The PETA approved veggie burger is more like an all-American <em>arancini</em> than a pale imitation of meat. The crunchy griddle-crusted black bean and rice patty, barbecue sauced and smothered in Cheddar cheese, comes with a side of hand cut, twice fried fries.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Chef Mike says Levy was hoping to buy a local potato farm this season and plans to do so by next year.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8492238746/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/unitedcenterbrisket.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="House smoked Niman Ranch brisket sandwich with hand cut sweet potato fries by Levy Restaurants at United Center in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">Carnivores win too. <a href="http://www.nimanranch.com/Index.aspx">Niman Ranch meats</a>&nbsp;are&nbsp;smoked in house in a Southern Pride smoker over cherry wood. The brisket takes 16 hours. Seafood is <a href="http://www.msc.org/">MSC certified</a>. (Yes, I know about the recent <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/02/13/171897814/marine-stewardship-council-responds-to-npr-series-on-sustainable-seafood">NPR series about the Marine Stewardship Council</a>.)</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">One particular point of pride is that they make all their dressings in house too. At this scale they could send out their recipes to be made by a third party in huge quantities. But they make their own, which is not only more work on the front end, but back end too, with more dishes to do.&nbsp;</div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8491061011/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/unitedcenterorganico.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Organico herb oil by Levy Restaurants in United Center, Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image ">Of course not everything is local and sustainable. I asked Chef Mike why they bother to source from local farms and sustainable meat and seafood purveyors at all when most fans wouldn&#39;t ever know. He said, &quot;Because it&#39;s the right thing to do.&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Goal.</div></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8491068449/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/unitedcenterorder.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Local farm produce order, Levy Restaurants at United Center in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;"><div class="image-insert-image "><p><strong>Chicago Blackhawks Green Juice Recipe by Levy Restaurants</strong></p><p><strong>(Adapted from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/dr-ozs-green-drink">Dr. Oz&#39;s Green Drink</a>)</strong></p><p><em>Method:</em>&nbsp;<em>Combine all ingredients in juicer.</em></p><p><em>Yield: Each recipe makes 5 gallons.</em></p><p><u>Green Juice #1</u></p><p>6 pineapples, peeled and cored<br />3 carrots<br />1 1/2 cups spinach<br />5 bunches parsley<br />6 bunches kale<br />3/4 cup honey<br />2 limes, juice only<br />6 cucumbers<br />3 bottles mineral water</p><p><u>Green Juice #2</u><br />10 bananas, peeled<br />6 pineapples, peeled and cored<br />3 carrots<br />1 1/2 cups spinach<br />6 bunches parsley<br />6 bunches kale<br />3/4 cup honey<br />2 limes, juice only<br />6 cucumbers<br />3 bottles mineral water</p><u>Green Juice #3</u><br />1 1/2 cups spinach<br />8 cucumbers<br />1/2 head celery<br />6 bunches parsley<br />1 small bunch mint<br />4 carrots<br />8 apples, cored and seeded<br />2 limes, juice only<br />2 lemons, juice only<br />4 pineapples, peeled and cored<br />3 bottles mineral water</div></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">(Follow me on <a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu">Twitter at @louisachu</a>.)</div></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8491036037/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/unitedcenterstanding.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Chicago Blackhawks standing room only section at United Center, Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-02/farm-stadium-food-plus-chicago-blackhawks-secret-green-juice-105626 Chicago's gun paradox http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/chicagos-gun-paradox-105234 <p><p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/01/29/us/where-50000-guns-in-chicago-came-from.html"><img alt="An engraved Colt Python displayed at the Chicago FBI offices, July 22, 2010. (AP / M. Spencer Green)" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP100722113675%20%281%29.jpg" style="height: 203px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="An engraved Colt Python is displayed at the Chicago FBI offices, Thursday, July 22, 2010. Federal and local authorities say the weapons were seized after 23 people were arrested in and around Chicago by undercover officers. More than 60 guns were seized and the defendants charged with various state and federal weapons and drug violations. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)" /></a><strong>CHICAGO&#39;S GUN PARADOX. </strong>Despite bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and no gun ranges, the city has a huge gun problem. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/30/us/strict-chicago-gun-laws-cant-stem-fatal-shots.html">A <em>New York Times</em> report</a> has put Chicago at the center of the national discussion on gun safety.<br />* <em>Times<strong>&nbsp;</strong>map: </em><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/01/29/us/where-50000-guns-in-chicago-came-from.html">Where all those Chicago guns come from</a>.<br />* Strange days: Fox News&#39; <a href="http://www.mediaite.com/tv/oreilly-touts-new-york-times-report-on-chicago-gun-violence-clashes-with-kirsten-powers/">Bill O&#39;Reilly applauds <em>Times</em> report</a>.<br />* Emanuel&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130130/chicago-citywide/hadiya-pendletons-killer-punk-who-robbed-chicago-rahm-emanuel-says">calls Chicago girl&#39;s shooter a &quot;punk.&quot;</a><br />* Commentary:&nbsp;<a href="http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2013/01/29/obama-should-be-attending-this-funeral">Obama should attend victim&#39;s funeral</a>.<br />* Republican Kirk and Democrat Gillibrand team up for bipartisan&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20130130/news/701309837/">federal gun-trafficking bill</a>.<br />* Gun owner in <em>The New Republic: </em>&quot;The gun-owning community can demonstrate precisely <a href="http://www.newrepublic.com/article/112194/walter-kirn-gun-owners">the sort of reasonable public-mindedness of which some believe it to be incapable</a>.&quot;</p><p><strong>WE&#39;RE NO. 5!&nbsp;</strong><strong>WE&#39;RE NO. 5!</strong> A new report says Illinois cell phone customers pay the nation&#39;s <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-cell-phone-taxes-illinois-ranks-5th-20130130,0,1950894.story">fifth highest rates for extra taxes and fees</a>. Indiana&#39;s No. 22. Which state&#39;s customers face the lowest extra charges? Read the full <a href="http://taxfoundation.org/article/state-and-local-governments-impose-hefty-taxes-cell-phone-consumers">Tax Foundation report</a>.<br />* Illinois also fifth for number of <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-illinois-5th-in-wind-power-installations-in-2012-20130130,0,7451827.story">new wind turbine installations</a>.</p><p><strong>TWEET FIGHT.</strong><br />* Matt K. Lewis in <em>The Week: </em>&quot;<a href="http://theweek.com/bullpen/column/239379/why-i-hate-twitter">Twitter sucks you into small, petty battles</a>.&quot;<br />* Rebecca Greenfield in <em>The Atlantic:</em> &quot;<a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2013/01/matt-lewis-twitter/61606/">Matt Lewis is following a spam bot</a>.&quot;<br />* Facebook founder Zuckerberg: <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/01/30/mark_zuckerberg_facebook_google_aren_t_on_speaking_terms.html">Facebook and Google aren&#39;t on speaking terms</a>.</p><p><strong>ONE GOAL ...&nbsp;</strong>is all it took to <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/hockey/blackhawks/ct-spt-0131-blackhawks-wild-chicago--20130131,0,3239568.story">end the Blackhawks&#39; record winning streak</a>.</p><hr /><p><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong><br />* News quiz tomorrow. How&#39;d you do on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/we-got-yer-friday-news-quiz-right-here-105140">last week&#39;s</a>?<br />* Could <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-01/stimulus-dollars-insulate-chicago-homes-105178">this</a>&nbsp;be&nbsp;the cure for blogging with cold feet?</em></p></p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/chicagos-gun-paradox-105234 How the NHL lockout affects hockey's young fans http://www.wbez.org/news/how-nhl-lockout-affects-hockeys-young-fans-104771 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F74146247&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Blackhawks.jpg" style="height: 271px; width: 380px; float: left;" title="Flicker/Atonment, The team celebrates on the ice after winning the Stanley Cup in 2010 " /></div><p>Blackhawks fans will soon be able to see their favorite players back on the rink after the NHL Player&rsquo;s Association reached a tentative contract agreement.</p><p>Some of the team&rsquo;s youngest fans are already working to score a ticket.</p><p>&ldquo;My kids keep bugging me about being able to take them to hockey games again,&rdquo; said Mike Mullaly, former President of the Ameteur Hockey Association of Illinois.</p><p>But Mullaly said even though fans are excited, he is worried that the lockout will discourage children from starting the sport.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re going to lose kids because of the lack of NHL games, absolutely&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Particularly the youngest ones.&rdquo;</p><p>Mullaly said the Blackhawks have a trickle down effect on the sport as a whole.</p><p>He said that was clear after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup.</p><p>&ldquo;When you have this huge groundswell with the Blackhawks and the enthusiasm for that, you also have an increase in (hockey) participation,&rdquo; Mullaly said.&nbsp;</p><p>Facilities supervisor at the Northbrook Park District Bruce Friedman disagrees.</p><p>He says maybe if the lockout had continued.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />&ldquo;(If) the kids didn&rsquo;t have the professionals to look at and so forth that it could have made an impact in a negative kind of way eventually,&rdquo; Friedman said. &ldquo;But I don&rsquo;t think it&rsquo;s gotten to that point.&rdquo;</p></p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 12:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/how-nhl-lockout-affects-hockeys-young-fans-104771 With no Blackhawks, what's a hockey fan to do? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-10/no-blackhawks-whats-hockey-fan-do-103143 <p><p><a href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=643558">A offer made to players by NHL management Tuesday</a> could bring an end to the hockey league&#39;s fourth lockout in 20 years. The six-year deal would give the players and owners a 50-50 split of the approximately $3.3 billion in revenue (the previous deal gave the players 57 percent). If the players approve, the season would begin November 2nd&nbsp;with a full 82-game schedule.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_3blackhawks_hope_to_get_back_on_the_ice_soon_0.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 378px; float: right;" title="Blackhawks hope to get on the ice soon.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" />We&#39;ll keep our fingers crossed for a quick resoultion.&nbsp;In the meantime, what can avid hockey fans do to whet their appetite for the sport?</p><p><a href="http://theahl.com/">The American Hockey League</a> (the hockey minor leagues) just opened their season over the weekend. Locally, the <a href="http://www.chicagowolves.com/">Chicago Wolves </a>and <a href="http://icehogs.com/">the Rockford IceHogs</a> just played head-to-head twice over the weekend. Rockford is an affiliate of the Blackhawks and half their roster has several players that have played for the parent club and were placed with the minor league team prior to the lockout. For the price of a minor league ticket you can see Nick Leddy, Brian Bollig, Andrew Shaw, Jimmy Hayes, Ben Smith, Brandon Saad, Marcus Kruger and Kyle Beach. All of them have spent time with the Blackhawks.</p><p>And, just because there&#39;s no hockey at the United Center doesn&rsquo;t mean the area is devoid of the game. There is <a href="http://www.johnnysicehouse.com/">Johnny&rsquo;s IceHouse East and Johnny&rsquo;s IceHouse West</a>, both located on Madison just blocks away from the U.C. In fact, that has been the center for work-outs of several locked-out Blackhawk players.</p><p>If you want to catch some NCAA Division I hockey, Notre Dame has a program down in South Bend. There are a few Big Ten teams that have ice hockey as part of their school&rsquo;s athletic programs: Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Michigan State and Penn State. The captain of the Nittany Lions has a very familiar name &mdash;Tommy Olczyk. He is the son of former Blackhawk and team TV analyst Eddie Olczyk. (Speaking of Eddie, he may not have a broadcast audience to talk to, but he did have an audience at the <a href="http://www.ushockeyhall.com/">U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame</a>. Olczyk was inducted into it on Monday for his long playing career that included winning the Stanley Cup with New York. It&rsquo;s a shame that the NHL lockout diminished the luster of that event.)</p><p>The NHL and the Blackhawks have to realize they are playing with fire if they don&#39;t get this deal done. Right now, many people are pre-occupied by plenty of other sports and activities. The Bears are dominating the headlines and could through December and beyond. Northwestern and Notre Dame and other college football are presently enjoying great success. In the next few weeks high school playoff games will occupy many sports fans.</p><p>If the proposal on the table doesn&#39;t resolve the dispute it&nbsp;will be a blow to the Chicago Blackhawks&#39; relationship with their fans. After years of repair and a championship two years ago, it&#39;s doubtful fans will be as forgiving this time around.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout">@CRayeStout</a> and on Facebook at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame?fref=ts">Cheryl Raye-Stout #AtTheGame</a></em></p></p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-10/no-blackhawks-whats-hockey-fan-do-103143 As summer turns to fall, sports seasons also change http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-09/summer-turns-fall-sports-seasons-also-change-102147 <p><p>The weather has started to change a bit and kids are back at school. But September has various meanings to sports fans. It is the winding down of the baseball season, the beginning of the football season, with thoughts of hockey nearing. Some of it feels good. . . some of it, not so much.</p><p><strong>Baseball: One team plays out the season, the other battles to play in October</strong></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Alejandro%20De%20Aza%20congratulates%20Addison%20Reed%20for%20his%20save%20Monday%20night.%20Paul%20Beaty.jpg" style="float: left; height: 274px; width: 300px; " title="Alejandro De Aza congratulates Addison Reed for his save Monday night. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)" />Despite a rough period on the road, the White Sox will continue to battle in the American League Central with Detroit. It&#39;s a reality a lot of people &mdash;&nbsp;fans and media alike &mdash;&nbsp;didn&rsquo;t think possible last spring. Even with the dismal road trip recently, this has been a team that has bounced back all season. It has been an interesting ride so far; besides the known stories of the comeback players (Adam Dunn, Alex Rios and Jake Peavy). It&#39;s been the rookies (Addison Reed, Nate Jones and Jose Quintana), break out players (Chris Sale and Alejandro De Aza), new coaching staff and the veteran pick-ups by GM Ken Williams (Kevin Youkilis, Brett Myers and DeWayne Wise) that have all contributed to this remarkable season.</p><p>But tired arms and the unknown territory of a pennant race are all factors right now as the final weeks of the season play out. It&rsquo;s a process for both the younger and older players during this stretch. &quot;Part of the learning curve of all these guys, you can lose a game or a series,&quot; remarked manager Robin Ventura. &quot;You have to come back and be prepared for the next night.&quot; This is how they have played this year.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Cubs%20year.jpg" style="height: 409px; width: 300px; float: right; " title="A sign from Cubs fans says it all. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" />Unfortunately, the team&#39;s success this season hasn&#39;t moved the turnstiles much: The ballpark has had few sellouts. With only a few series left, including one with Detroit next week, maybe the fans will make their way to U.S. Cellular (not Tigers fans, though). Die-hard White Sox fans probably wrote off the Sox after the Tigers sweep this past weekend &mdash; they are cup-half-empty thinkers by in large. But&nbsp;those fans will be the first to complain if they can&#39;t get play-off tickets if (or when) the Sox make the post season.</p><p>The Cubs season doesn&#39;t officially end for a few weeks, but it really has not&nbsp;been much a season as far as wins and losses; they are in danger of having that dreadful mark of 100 losses. When you walk into their locker room now there are very few players that have been in the majors before this season. Alfonso Soriano must feel old at the age of 36 with these young players. Fresh faces like Josh Vitters, Brett Jackson and Dave Sappelt have joined the other youngsters: Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo, Steve Clevenger, Wellington Castillo and James Russell. There are plenty other young players on this team, and what seems like a new pitcher every other day. These last days of the season, manager Dale Sveum and the Cubs staff will be assessing the players as they look to 2013 and beyond. &ldquo;Right now we are trying to evaluate and try to win ball games at the same time,&quot; said Sveum.</p><p>Darwin Barney deserves to have the spotlight, he continues to impress with his outstanding play in the infield. He recently broke the NL errorless record at second and continues to add to the total. Oh, did you know that Alfonso Soriano is the only outfielder in the NL that has not committed an error all season?</p><p>Still, the Cubs saying &quot;wait &#39;til next year&quot; may have to be altered to &quot;wait &#39;til <em>fill in the blank </em>year.&quot;</p><p><strong>Football on our minds&nbsp;</strong><strong>&mdash;&nbsp;</strong><strong>at all levels of play&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Brian%20Urlacher%20is%20back%20on%20the%20Bears%20practice%20field%20before%20the%20opener%20Nam%20Y.%20Huh.jpg" style="height: 218px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="Brian Urlacher is back on the Bears practice field before the opener. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" />Break out the jerseys, the grills, fantasy football pools and regular NFL office pools. High school has been playing for two weeks, college got underway last weekend and of course the pros begin tonight. The Bears will open their 2012 season on Sunday hosting the Indianapolis Colts. This week the fans will be thinking about a Bears return to the Crescent City as dreams of a Super Bowl run to New Orleans unfolds. The tedium of the pre-season and training camp has the Chicago Bear faithful hoping the off-season changes of GM Phil Emery, offensive coordinator Mike Tice, wide receiver Brandon Marshall and other new faces will give this team a fighting chance to succeed. Even the players, including center Roberto Garza, are anxious for the season. &quot;The real fun begins for us now,&quot; he said. &quot;It&#39;s been a long camp and OTA&#39;s. It&#39;s time to see where we are really at.&quot; Fans are happy to know that Brian Urlacher has returned to the practice field. It looks like they will have to battle division rivals Green Bay and Detroit in their quest for the playoffs.</p><p><strong>Hockey may be taking a sad turn&nbsp;</strong><strong>&mdash;&nbsp;</strong><strong>again</strong></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Blackhawk%20star%20Patrick%20Sharp%20throws%20out%20ceremonial%20pitch%20at%20Cubs%20game..jpg" style="height: 385px; width: 300px; float: right; " title="Blackhawks star Patrick Sharp throws out ceremonial pitch at Cubs game. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" />Blackhawks fans, there is a deadline approaching: If the NHL and the players union do not resolve their labor dispute by the September 15th deadline they may have a work stoppage or a player lock-out. This would be a major blow to a league that has to fight for the fans&#39; dollars. On Sunday, there were three Hawks at the Cubs game: Jamal Mayers, Patrick Sharp and Dave Bolland. They all hope that a lock-out won&#39;t occur, but understand they may have to make contingency plans. Each said they would have to consider playing overseas if there is a lock-out. Mayers lost a whole season from the last labor dispute and played in Sweden; but now he has young children, and making arrangements to do that again is tough thought. For the moment, the players continue to train and prepare as though the training camp will open on September 22nd. Sharp will not make other plans yet. &ldquo;When they call me up [if a lockout happens], until that happens, I am getting ready for training camp,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>With these tough economic times, any lengthy work stoppage would make it difficult to right the ship. At least right now Chicago sports fans have plenty of action to grab their attention.</p><p><em>Follow Cheryl on Twitter @Crayestout</em></p></p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 09:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-09/summer-turns-fall-sports-seasons-also-change-102147 Turn out the lights at the United Center http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-05/turn-out-lights-united-center-99080 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP120510026483.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Philadelphia 76ers' Thaddeus Young goes for the net during Game 6 of the first-round playoff series against the Chicago Bulls. (AP/Matt Slocum)"></div><p>Sports bars may be less crowded now that both the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Blackhawks are finished/done/gone/on vacation for the summer. Believe me, it will be a long, long summer, as Bulls fans are just putting away their Derrick Rose jerseys.</p><p>It wasn’t too long ago that Hawks fans did the same with their Jonathan Toews sweaters.&nbsp;For the casual sports fan, you have to be distinctive about labeling the sportswear, otherwise the fan-police will correct you and think you are, well, not a true fan.&nbsp;Bulls forward Carlos Boozer told me he was given that lesson when he referred to the Toews’ sweater as a "jersey." Boozer quickly learned that he was wrong and was amused by the staunchness of the correction.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP120424123459.jpg" style="float: left; height: 248px; width: 350px;" title="A Blackhawks fan reacts as he watches his team play against the Phoenix Coyotes during Game 6 of the first-round playoffs. The Coyotes won 4-0. (AP/Nam Y. Huh)"></div><p>Putting aside the fans’ fashion sense, there is a lot of sadness, anger and shock about early playoff exits by both fan bases.&nbsp;It has been a few years since the United Center has been silent this early. NBA Commissioner David Stern and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman may not like this sentiment; with both the Blackhawks and Bulls gone from post season, Chicago fans could not&nbsp;care less about who is playing in the post-season, unless they are die-hard fans of these respective sports. (Well, maybe Bulls fans will cheer for whoever opposes the Miami Heat.)</p><p>Otherwise, Bulls fans want to argue and commiserate about:</p><p>►Losing&nbsp;Derrick Rose to a torn ACL (he had successful surgery on Saturday)</p><p>►Should Luol Deng ditch the Summer Olympics for wrist surgery?</p><p>►Why CJ Watson didn’t perform well in Rose’s absence? (How could he give the ball to a poor free throw shooter, like Omer Asik, at the end of a killer game 6?)</p><p>►Why the fans have, and never will, like Carlos Boozer? (He makes a great deal of money, but he does have some pluses)</p><p>►Will and should Tom Thibodeau change his coaching ways? &nbsp;</p><p>Believe me, there is more to ponder; this was supposed to be a magical run to a NBA title, something not seen here since Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Phil Jackson rode out of town in 1998.</p><p>Blackhawk fans have at least a championship that is only a few years old, but once you have the taste of champagne from Lord Stanley’s Cup you want more. Last season, the Hawks backed into the playoffs, and then lost in the first round to the hated Vancouver Canucks. This year’s early exit was to Phoenix, again bowing out in the first round. At least Jonathan Toews was able to play after missing extended time during the regular after suffering a concussion.</p><p>But Hawk fans did see one of their stars, Marian Hossa, get plastered to the United Center ice by Coyote henchman Raffi Torrez. Some fans think that blow was too much for their club. But the regular season showed a bigger concern, their specialty teams (penalty killing and power play) didn’t fare well and it carried it over the post season. Last week, the Hawks addressed part of the problem by firing assistant coach Mike Haviland. But putting the blame on a coach is only a Band-Aid to the problem. There were rumblings that Coach Joel Quenneville would follow his friend, new Canadians General Manager Marc Bergevin, to Montreal. Coach Q dismissed that thought and said he wanted to stay. Blackhawks fans seem to be in the coach’s corner and since the fans are usually "arm chair"&nbsp;general managers, they want the team’s GM Stan Bowman to make changes. &nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Cheryl%20and%20the%20Cup.JPG" style="height: 240px; width: 300px; float: left;" title="Cheryl Raye-Stout interviews the Stanley Cup at Wrigley Field after the Blackhawks win in 2010. (Author’s own)"></div><p>Since there are no games left to be played, Bulls fans will carefully watch the moves that General Manager Gar Forman will make this summer. No doubt Blackhawks fans will do the same with Bowman. Both sets of fans will have to wait till next year. Of course they just have to sit next to a Cub Fan to get instructions since they have applied it for a hundred years.</p><p>One personal note, heck, I love covering playoff runs and&nbsp;championships maybe I am feeling rather numb right now.</p><p><em>Follow Cheryl Raye Stout on Twitter at @CRayeStout.</em></p></p> Sat, 12 May 2012 22:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-05/turn-out-lights-united-center-99080 Tab Bamford tests fans' Blackhawks IQ http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-24/tab-bamford-tests-fans-blackhawks-iq-95775 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-24/AP Photo Charles Rex Arbogast.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago is full of fanatics--that is, Chicago sports' fanatics. And <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> thought it was about time to test some of the <a href="http://blackhawks.nhl.com/" target="_blank">Chicago Blackhawks</a> most loyal fans. Tab Bamford occasionally writes a blog for <em><a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/" target="_blank">ChicagoNow</a></em>, along with his other sports writing endeavors. He is also the author of <em><a href="http://www.triumphbooks.com/products/100_things_blackhawks_fans_should_know_and_do_before_they_die/1572436342.php?page_id=290" target="_blank">100 Things Blackhawks Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die</a></em>.</p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> asked Bamford to moderate a showdown between Steve Waranauskas, WBEZ IT wizard, Jimmy Greenfield, community manager at <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/" target="_blank"><em>ChicagoNow</em></a> and Kat Velez, senior Chicago Blackhawks reporter for <em><a href="http://aeryssports.com/runs-on-duncan/" target="_blank">Runs On Duncan</a></em>--all super fans in their own right.</p></p> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 15:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-24/tab-bamford-tests-fans-blackhawks-iq-95775 Bulls and Hawks hit a wall as Angelo and Martz hit the road http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-09/bulls-and-hawks-hit-wall-angelo-and-martz-hit-road-95383 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-09/Boozer.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The <a href="http://www.chicagobears.com/index.html" target="_blank">Bears</a> said goodbye to Jerry Angelo and Mike Martz and the <a href="http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=chc" target="_blank">Cubs</a> traded Carlos Zambrano to the Florida Marlins to be with Ozzie Guillen. And there were tough losses for both the <a href="http://www.nba.com/bulls/" target="_blank">Bulls</a> and the <a href="http://blackhawks.nhl.com/" target="_blank">Hawks</a> over the weekend. So, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> dove right in with WBEZ's regular sports contributor Cheryl Raye-Stout.</p><p><em>Music Button: Curumin, "Tudo Bim Malandro", from the album Achados e Perdidos, (Quannum Projects)</em></p><p><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 09 Jan 2012 15:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-09/bulls-and-hawks-hit-wall-angelo-and-martz-hit-road-95383