Archive for July, 2014
This weekend, the Hilton Chicago played host to the annual Blackhawks Fan Convention. Over 10,000 Hawks fans from around the world gathered for one weekend to celebrate the team and to prepare for the upcoming season. One of the coolest parts of the convention is if the fans could ask the players anything. Anything! For example, Blackhawk fans Paige and Alena Batinich asked Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to do an impromptu dance-off during a panel in which players recalled what happened during the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. The result went viral. The video currently has over 50,000 hits on YouTube.
Today, Paige and Alena asked for one thing: an encore. This occurred during a panel that featured Kane, Toews, and new Blackhawk forward Brad Richards; all of whom have won the Conn Smythe Trophy. Once again, the result went viral. I posted this tweet immediately after it happened.
And now for your viewing pleasure, here’s Kane vs. Toews Dance-Off 2: Electric Boogaloo.
Today is July 11, 2014. 7.11.14. Now while today may be known as the day LeBron James announced that he’s returning to Cleveland to once again play for the Cavaliers, or the day 7-Eleven stores gave away free Slurpees, in the hockey world, more specifically, Buffalo, it’s a day to celebrate The French Connection. The line of Rick Martin, Rene Robert, and Gilbert Perreault was one of the most formidable lines in the NHL in the 1970s. All three of them grew up in Quebec (Verdun, Trois-Rivières, and Victoriaville respectively), and in the early Sabres days, helped build the team to what it is today. In the seven seasons The French Connection played, the Sabres only missed the playoffs once (1974), and in 1975, helped the Sabres to a berth in the Stanley Cup Final, where in Game 3, they connected in the game-winning overtime goal amidst the fog in The Aud. In 1990, Perreault was the first Sabre to have his number retired. In 1995, the final season the Sabres played at The Aud, Perreault’s French Connection linemates joined him up in the rafters. They set the standard of what Buffalo Sabres hockey is all about. You can even feel their impact before you enter First Niagara Center as there is a statue of them located in Alumni Plaza. So while 7.11.14 might just be another Friday on the calendar, 7.11.14 is a day to remember the cornerstone of NHL hockey in Western New York.