The Character of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Recently I was emailed a story about the Chicago Blackhawks heading over to their GM, Dale Tallon’s, dad’s funeral. While it is beginning to take on the earmarks of an urban legend, it really doesn’t need the fluff- truth is better than fiction in this case. Read the real scoop here. The article says something about the character of this team. The emailed version is below:
A True story…..
In the middle of a grueling six game road trip where a very young
hockey eam is away from home, the third game of the trip ends late on a
cold Canadian Saturday night. This is the only break on the trip and the
three days between games allow them the only break to get back home in
their own beds for a couple of days before going back on the road. A scheduled
commercial flight waits for them at Toronto’s International Airport for the short flight home; they could be home by midnight. This plane departs on schedule, but without a single member of the hockey team.
Back in the locker room a vote is taken after the game was complete,
and a unanimous decision is made by this young team to skip this flight and
stay one more day. They make arrangements to check back in the hotel and
on a frozen Sunday morning charter two buses that have no heat and begin a
journey two hours straight north into a sparsely inhabited Canada, but where
hockey is its passion. They arrive at their destination to the surprise of the teams general manager who is there attending his fathers wake.
After a few emotional hours, this team boards the buses and head back
for a two-hour trip back to Toronto. On the way they ask the drivers to
stop in a tiny Canadian town because they are hungry. To the shock of the
patrons and workers at this small hockey town McDonald’s, a professional team
walks out of two rickety buses and into the restaurant, which just happens to
have pictures of two members of this team on its wall. The patrons know
every single one of these players by sight being fanatic fans of hockey in
these parts. One can only imagine their amazement of the locals seeing and
entire professional hockey team sit down and have a meal in their tiny
little town in the middle of a hockey season. After a while they board the buses
and catch their same flight 24 hours later, giving one day to their general
Have I made this up, is this an excerpt from some fictional book? No
this a true story of the Blackhawks last Saturday night and they decided to
attend Dale Tallon’s fathers funeral. Its amazing that such a good story
can be found nowhere on the internet, and not even mentioned in the Chicago
papers. Had one of the Blackhawks got into a fight and punched some drunken
loser in a Toronto bar it would be plastered all over papers and the
This being said, its hard to imagine any professional football,
basketball or baseball team doing this, but the members of the Blackhawks claim
any “hockey” team would have done this. This is one reason I continue to
be a big hockey fan, and another reason I am excited about this Chicago
team.I thought I would share as this story appears to have gone unnoticed.