There’s a new-and-improved piece of equipment in the Blackhawks dressing room this season: a championship belt featuring Hawks-themed pendants that goes to the team’s top player after every win.
The original belt was acquired in the spring of the Blackhawks’ Cup-winning season. During a road trip to Phoenix, defenseman Brent Seabrook discovered a WWE event going on outside the rink.
“Seabs saw a bunch of people walking around with these belts, and he thought it’d be a good idea to pass it around to the MVPs,” said Sharp. “He went and offered a guy some money for it, bought it and brought it to the rink the next day.”
The original belt had the chosen player’s name affixed to it in masking tape, while the new belt has magnetic nameplates for each winner.
“It’s just a thing we started to get guys fired up and have some fun,” added Seabrook. “I think the guys like it, and it’s been good.”
Michael Jordan had his North Carolina shorts. Jim McMahon had his headbands. Patrick Kane has his mouthguards.
“They get beat up pretty quick obviously because I chew on them,” said Kane. “Even if it’s beat up though, if I’m playing good at the time, I’ll stick with that mouthpiece because I think it’s good luck. But I usually change them up every six or seven games, out of necessity. It’s always nice when you get a fresh one in there.”Click here to read the full post >>
Over the course of the 2011-12 hockey season, the Blackhawks will log almost 150 hours in the air. So what will the players do to pass the time? Play cards, of course. But there’s one game that appears to be hockey’s own inside secret: Snarples.
“I started playing in juniors,” said Bryan Bickell. “Not my first year, because rookies sit at the front of the bus and just look straight ahead. But for the next four years over juniors and the minors, that’s where I learned it. It’s the hockey game. I think there are many different names for it, but hockey players call it Snarples. I don’t know where we got it from, but it stuck and everybody knows it.Click here to read the full post >>