You might have thought the celebrations were over, but they never really will be for the Blackhawks. After a rough summer and several trades, you might have worried during the off-season, but there is nothing to worry about! Last night was the Chicago Blackhawks Training Camp Festival at the United Center where we were able to see prospects scrimmage along with some familiar faces.

Yesterday was a Monday, but that didn’t seem to cause anyone to miss the Blackhawks Training Camp Festival at the United Center. Even at 2:30 p.m. the line of Blackhawks fans went from the main entrance of the United Center on Madison and wrapped around the building down Damen–this was how it was for every entrance with some lines wrapping around others. Fans were lined up for blocks! Doors opened at 4:30 p.m. and everyone pushed inside to notice something new: metal detectors. While some malfunctioned and caused a backup in lines, fans still remained happy that hockey was back. With their Jonathan Toews bobble heads in hand, everyone went to find seats anywhere they wanted—this was the time to sit in seats you may never get to during regular season (I tried out the 200 level–it was nice).

A Different Feel

This year’s Training Camp was different than the one in 2013—after the Blackhawks won the Cup the celebration never stopped and they brought the Stanley Cup to training camp. However, this year they did not bring the Cup to the United Center for the festival. While that was mildly disappointing, the rest of the night was not. Leaving the summer behind them, the Blackhawks went on with the night and focused on allowing the prospects to showcase their talent—and there was a lot of that in the UC last night. The White team beat the Red team 4-3, and the fans were cheering the whole night. An extra loud cheer was let out when the camera panned to show Keith, Hjalmarsson, Seabrook, Toews and Kane standing behind the glass watching.

Blackhawks Release Three Forwards

After last night’s Training Camp Festival, the Blackhawks have released three forwards: Radovan Bondra, Roy Radke and Hayden McCool. Radka was the sixth round pick this year in the NHL Draft for the Blackhawks, Bondra was the fifth round pick and McCool was a free agent. McCool will return to Windsor in the OHL.

And, now, the Blackhawks roster stands at 59 with 33 forwards, 21 defensemen and five goaltenders. Tonight’s preseason game against the Detroit Red Wings will be a fun game to watch and see how these lines perform! Welcome back Blackhawks Hockey!

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