Last night, I attended the Blackhawks home opener, and honestly, it was the best game I’ve ever seen. I knew I had to be there yesterday, no matter if I got standing room only tickets (which I did). And even though i had to stand for the entire game, the view I had from the SRO area was top-notch I had a good view of the championship banners (which are located on the east side of the arena). Since there were no more room to add more banners, the four Smythe Division banners were compacted into two banners with extensions, and the 1990-91 Presidents’ Trophy banner simply had a 2012-13 extension added. The giveaway for that game was a Xyloband. Now you’re asking yourself, “What’s a Xyloband?” Xylobands are wristbands which contain LEDs and radio frequency receivers. The lights inside the xyloband are controlled by a software program, which sends signals to the wristband, instructing it to light up or blink. The result of the 20,000+ xylobands flashing in unison creates a stunning light show. The first use of Xylobands happened when Coldplay went out on their Mylo Xyloto tour last year (as a matter of fact, that’s where the name comes from). It all started with an opening montage to as song that was used frequently during the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season: Chicago’s Fall Out Boy and their hit My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up). As you can see, the United Center was awash in red and white.
After “The Orchard” pregame video, the ceremony continued with the aforementioned Coldplay, and their hit “Paradise”. Here’s the entire Stanley Cup Championship Banner Ceremony, as seen on NBCSN.