This weekend's Blackhawks Convention has been sold out for a while, so a hearty congratulations if you snagged passes with your 17 open browser windows. The area around the Hilton Chicago will be surrounded in red and black, and I guarantee you'll find these seven people in the crowd.
Make a checklist and tweet a pic of each with the hashtag #HawksConventionScavengerHunt and maybe the RedEye sports editor will send you something cool! Or he’ll insert an editor’s note after this sentence saying “no, Alex.” (Editor’s note: Nice try, Alex, but we can do without a thousand photos of Dave Kaplan.)
The Convention Pro
CP has been to all six Blackhawks Conventions. CP has a Hawks jersey signed by EVERYBODY, even Ben Eager. CP brings a folding-style basket chair because CP knows there's a lot of standing around. CP will tell you where the nearest bathroom is by memory alone. You should buy CP a drink.
The Second Wave Bandwagoner
2WB is an old-school hockey fan—BEFORE 2010, mind you (2009, to be precise). 2WB wears that Dustin Byfuglien jersey with pride and looks down on those with Andrew Shaw shirtseys. 2WB will walk right past Murray Bannerman and not realize what 2WB has done. Speaking of …
Murray Bannerman jersey guy/girl
This person is probably awesome.
The Unbelievably Excited Teen Girl Group
Sort of cheating to count them as one "person," but you'll see that they move, talk, scream, and cry in unison at all times. They are feeling more feels at that moment than you'll ever feel again in your life.
Seriously, the guy never takes a day off. He loves it when people rub his head for good luck, so go ahead and do that. It's cool.
Panel Question Guy
Think you know hockey? PQG puts your knowledge to shame. He can recite the Fenwick Close of the last 20 Stanley Cup champions, and you still think Fenwick Close is a spinoff of "Downton Abbey." PQG will find a way to get a question asked at nearly every single panel. Think Comic Book Guy on "The Simpsons."
Red Wings Guy
This seems unlikely, but I promise you'll see one dude wearing a Detroit jersey walking the hallways of the Hilton. I saw him last year and he was ready to spout off "Try winning another one!" or "Call me when you get to 10!" to anyone who'd listen. After this year's epic comeback/collapse, RWG might not be as chirpy. But he'll be there because he already paid for the passes. And you know damn well he doesn't want to be in Detroit.
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