Providing passionate and pragmatic views on the Chicago Blackhawks. Raised in Northern Illinois, I was fortunate enough to have my Dad immerse me in the best game on Earth. Pond hockey, weekends at various ice rinks, attending minor league games, and trips to the old barn (Chicago Stadium) are part of the fabric of my youth. I spent many nights during the Blackhawks' "lost decade" buying $8 student tickets and sitting on the glass. Became a Blackhawks STH in 2007 and what a ride it has been!