Results tagged ‘ Blackhawks ’

7/6 The Cup & Coach Q


6/9 Go Blackhawks

The Cubs have been rooting for the Blackhawks in the NHL playoffs, and many will be at Wednesday’s Game 1 of the final against the Bruins. The Blackhawks advanced with a double overtime win on Saturday against the Kings.

“It’s nice to have a championship in the city,” Dale Sveum said Sunday. “It’s nice to be able to go and root for the team that’s in your city. A lot of us are into it and we’re hockey fans. It was the big talk this morning. It’s something, when you’re involved in that before, in championships, and people who witness that who haven’t been part of
championships, it kind of gives you goosebumps to understand the reality of it, whenever that happens. That’s the emotions you get when you’re in those situations. … I don’t know how quiet that place got when they were nine seconds away from going to the Stanley Cup. … I’ve been there and know how loud it is.”

It’s been fun to watch some of the players who haven’t been exposed to hockey very much get involved in the game. Coach Franklin Font, who is from Venezuela, went to his first game this year.

“He said, ‘This is the greatest sport ever,'” Sveum said of Font.

Sveum used to have season tickets to the Phoenix Coyotes, but stopped when the team moved out west to Glendale, Ariz.

“I’ve always been a Blackhawks fan anyway,” he said.

He would take his son, Rustin, to Coyotes games.

“He lost his first couple teeth at hockey games,” Sveum said. “He wanted to wait and pull them out at the hockey game. He said, ‘I’m not taking them out until we get to the game’ and he pulled them out himself.”

Sveum knows his football allegiance has been questioned.

“some people don’t like that I’m a Packers fan,” he said. “But when you adopt teams, it’s not that you’re a Bears hater. My true blood is I’m a Raiders fan. I do despise the 49ers. Maybe not ‘despise’ — they’re not my favorite team.”

— Carrie Muskat

6/17 Benefit for Dempster foundation July 21

Ryan Dempster and his wife, Jenny, have announced the celebrity lineup for their first Casino Night and Concert, to be held July 21 at the House of Blues Chicago. You’ll be able to mingle with Cubs players as well as American singer, Jaron and The Long Road to Love; former pro baseball and football player, Bo Jackson; former MLB player, Frank Thomas; Blackhawks players Jonathan Toews, Brian Campbell, and Adam Burish; Danny Briere of the Philadelphia Flyers; and former NHL player Chris Chelios. Each of the celebrities will serve as guest dealers at the casino tables. 

Guests can bid on one of a kind auction items and packages. The event will close with an intimate concert featuring a yet-to-be announced musical guest. All of this is to help benefit the Dempster Family Foundation and help Strike Out 22q. For more info, go to the organization website at

— Carrie Muskat


6/15 Hoisting the Cup

As a little kid growing up in Vancouver, B.C., Ryan Dempster dreamed of one day hoisting the Stanley Cup. He pursued a different career path, though.

“I can’t skate,” Dempster said. “It’s a pretty ugly sight to watch me skate.”

But on Sunday night, he got to lift the Stanley Cup while on the pitcher’s mound at Wrigley Field when the Cubs saluted the Chicago Blackhawks. The Hawks were feted prior to the Cubs’ Interleague game against the Chicago White Sox, and all three teams posed for a photo around the trophy.

“That was awesome — to see three professional sports teams on the field at the same time,” Dempster said Tuesday. “It was pretty special. I don’t think you’ll ever see that, especially during the season.”

But lifting the Cup? Dempster couldn’t believe he had the chance.

“I was extremely honored that they would even ask me to do that and humbled that they gave it to me,” he said. “I know how special of an honor that is, just to even touch it. I was shaking for three innings afterward. Being a little kid in Canada, that’s all I ever thought about it. They’ve embraced me and been so generous to me, it’s brought that little kid out in me for sure.”

One thing he’d like to see continued from Sunday’s game was the crowd response during the national anthem. The 40,456 at Wrigley Field roared when Blackhawks anthem singer Jim Cornelison did the honors, and the song was drowned out by the cheers, just as fans do at the United Center.

“It’d be nice to have that every night,” Dempster said. “That was a lot of fun and the energy was intense. It was a special day and I’m glad I was there and I’m glad all these guys were there.”

— Carrie Muskat

6/13 Here come the Hawks

The Cubs may want to invite the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks back a few times. The hockey team paraded around the field Sunday night, bringing the silver trophy with them.

“It was exciting the whole time,” Cubs center fielder Marlon Byrd said. “It never died down. I haven’t been in the playoffs but if the playoffs are anything like that, I want to be there.”

Captain Jonathan Toews carried the silver trophy into the ballpark from the right field corner, hoisting it over his head, and passed it off to his teammates as they paraded around Wrigley, beginning in front of the bleachers. Even Lou Piniella lifted the Cup, although he had some help from the Hawks’ Coach Q.

“It was heavy,” Piniella said. “I needed to go see our strength coach and lift some weights.”

“What a feeling those guys must have being part of something like that,” Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly said.

The crowd of 40,456 roared when Blackhawks anthem singer Jim Cornelison did the honors at Wrigley, and the song was drowned out by the cheers, just as fans do at the United Center. A few of the Blackhawks sang the seventh-inning stretch, with the Stanley Cup front and center.

“There was a lot of energy out there, that’s for sure,” Cubs third baseman Chad Tracy said. “We had a lot of emotion going on.”

— Carrie Muskat

6/13 The Cup comes to Wrigley

For a few minutes, bragging rights between the Cubs and White Sox were set aside and everyone was a fan of the Chicago Blackhawks. The newly crowned Stanley Cup champions were feted at Wrigley Field prior to Sunday night’s Interleague game between the crosstown rivals. Jonathan Toews carried the silver trophy into the ballpark from the right field corner, hoisting it over his head as the song “Chelsea Dagger” played. He passed it off to his teammates as they paraded around Wrigley, beginning in front of the bleachers.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville and Cubs manager Lou Piniella lifted the Cup together for photographers but when Coach Q took it over to the White Sox side, manager Ozzie Guillen lifted it himself. The Blackhawks then gathered on the mound and team president John McDonough, who held the same title with the Cubs for one year and was the long-time marketing director of the Major League team, placed the Cup on the pitching rubber.

Marian Hossa, wearing plaid shorts and sunglasses with his jersey, filmed the scene from the pitcher’s mound while Patrick Kane ran around the infield with a Blackhawks flag.

In a show of sportsmanship — and a great photo opportunity — the Cubs, White Sox and Blackhawks all gathered around the mound and the Cup for photographers.

Best of all, Jim Cornelison, who sings the national anthem at the United Center, only to be drowned out by the crowd’s cheers, did the honors at Wrigley Field. The rowdy crowd responded, applauding and yelling.

— Carrie Muskat

6/13 Lineup vs White Sox

There’s a buzz at Wrigley Field — the Stanley Cup is coming. More important to Cubs fans, Tyler Colvin is in the lineup and starting in right. Here’s the rest of the lineup for Game 3 vs the White Sox:

2B Theriot

RF Colvin

CF Byrd

1B Lee

LF Soriano

3B Tracy

C Hill

SS Castro

P Lilly

— Carrie Muskat

6/12 Go Hawks

The newly crowned Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks will be feted Sunday at Wrigley Field prior to the Game 3 of the Cubs and White Sox Interleague series. The Blackhawks will be recognized on the field at 6:45 p.m. CT. As part of the festivities, the hockey players will throw out a ceremonial first pitch and lead the fans in singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch. In what will be a real treat, Jim Cornelison, who sings the national anthem at the United Center prior to Blackhawks games, will do the honors Sunday at Wrigley.

— Carrie Muskat

6/11 Sing along

Here’s a list of seventh inning stretch singers for the Cubs’ homestand. There’s a rumor that some of the Blackhawks may stop by Wrigley Field on Sunday night with the Stanley Cup:

Friday: Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling

Saturday: Bears quarterback Jay Cutler

Sunday: To be determined

Tuesday: Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion

Wednesday: Cedric the Entertainer

Thursday: TBD

Friday: George Wendt & Robert Smigel as the “Super Fans”

Saturday: Actor Tim Meadows

Sunday: Actor Joe Mantegna

— Carrie Muskat

5/2 Hawkeytown

Several of the Cubs players attended Saturday night’s Blackhawks playoff game against the Canucks, which Chicago lost, 5-1.

“I’m rooting for good hockey,” said pitcher Ryan Dempster, whose allegiances are torn since he’s Canadian and also living and working in Chicago.

James Russell, who wore his Blackhawks jersey personalized with “The Animal” on the back, was among the many disappointed as the Canucks opened a quick 5-0 lead.

“That’s a big lead in baseball — imagine that in hockey, it’s crazy,” Russell said. “It’s always fun. I wish we could catch them on a win.”

Russell has been to two Blackhawks games but the team has lost both times.

“I’d like to go back — I really like the games,” he said. “I was talking to [Randy] Wells and some of the guys and if they win the Cup, I say we take [batting practice] in our hockey jerseys. I think that’d be awesome.”

— Carrie Muskat