Here's what Blackhawks players had to say about fans attending practice:



7th year on Hawks

[Fans] obviously enjoy it. It’s good for them to come in and see what we do on days when we're not playing. All the hard work we do, all the drills and stuff. It's fun for them just to see that part of it.

My first year I thought it was pretty cool. I'd never really had that before in my career, whether it be junior or in the minors or stuff. It only really started when I came here and got to see all the fans here in the stands. It was pretty exciting. We're pretty fortunate to have the kind of support that we do here in Chicago.



3rd year on Hawks, previously with Florida

In Florida, the fans are a little bit less fans than over here, you know? It's not a crazy hockey town there. You want to play somewhere where hockey is for fans kind of the first thing. It's a popular sport over here in Chicago. It's always nice to see the fans waiting for autographs and stuff. It's great. The whole year since I've been here. I can't complain.

If I was a fan it would be pretty cool to be that close to the players. They can really see from a short distance what we're doing there and how fast is the game and how hard we pass and those kind of things. If I was a fan, it would be a good thing to watch.



2nd year on Hawks

It's definitely really cool. I've never had that in the past. I think it makes practice a little more fun.

A lot of fans have said that they like getting to see players goof off. Your name has come up a few times as a goofer. Guilty as charged?

I think a little bit. Especially after practice, I like having fun with guys. Especially Shawzie [Andrew Shaw]. But yeah, you gotta have fun in practice.

What do you do?

Just give 'em a hard time. Give [my teammates] a whack here or there and see what happens.