Archive | February 2012

Bolland’s Charity

Written by: Caroline Kaszycki

Blackhawks center David Bolland is set to launch a new charity

For the Blackhawks, success isn’t just about the fame. David Bolland, center for the Chicago Blackhawks, is set to launch “The David Bolland Foundation” in 2012.

The foundation is dedicated to helping marginalized and at-risk youth.

Bolland hopes to raise awareness and funds by focusing on three main projects: Chicago’s Beyond the Ball, Toronto’s The Remix Project, and the international disability charity Easter Seals.

In an interview with Red Eye Chicago, David Bolland said, “Chicago gives to us. They come to our games, they treat us like kings in the city, and it’s great for us to help out and give back in any way we can.”

Bolland grew up in a working class neighborhood in Mimico, ON. His passion and commitment to social causes grew out of a strong desire to work hard and take care of the people around him.

David Bolland first became involved with the Chicago community by working closely with the ISSA Family Foundation, participating in various food drives and events throughout the city.

On Dec. 20, 2011, Bolland and teammates Brent Seabrook and Marian Hossa volunteered at a food drive with ISSA to raise more than $20,000 and 8,000 pounds of food for the Chicago Food Depository.

The Remix Project is a program originating in Toronto aimed to help level the playing field for young artists from disadvantaged and marginalized communities that want to pursue careers in the creative industry.

Bolland became an official ambassador for The Remix Project in 2011, and hosted the first annual David Bolland Golf Classic to gain fundraising support for the program.

Beyond the Ball is a Chicago initiative to provide quality sports-based youth development programs to foster leadership.

Bolland believes that providing kids with a safe area to play is the first step toward building a positive culture of opportunity and developing values of social responsibility. They sponsor youth basketball leagues in participating schools throughout the city.

The Easter Seals disability service provides funding for medical services for autism, rehabilitation patients, and military veterans, among others. David Bolland, through the Sledge Hockey Program, wants to support kids with disabilities that have an interest in playing hockey.

For many who have only dreamed about getting into the ice rink, sledge hockey allows them to actively engage in the sport much like wheelchair basketball.  Avril Lavigne also partnered with Easter Seals and takes a closer look at how children with disabilities are looking beyond their limitations and doing what they really love.

You can get involved with any of these programs by visiting David Bolland’s website and getting more information.



National Anthem Tradition

If you have ever been to a Blackhawks home game, then you know exactly what tradition happens before each and every puck drop at the United Center.

If you have not been there, well then your missing out on something spectacular.

Cornelison and U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Kevin Chaskalson and U.S. Army Veteran former Sergeant Donald Diebold

What takes place during the national anthem is a tradition unlike any other in sports.

Right before most sporting events, some rendition of the national anthem is sung, it’s nothing new.

But when the lights go down and Jim Cornelison hits the ice with numerous ARMY vets and troopers and starts singing, the tradition comes alive.

The tradition being the crowd cheering and clapping so loud you can barely hear Cornelison.

This may not sound like a big thing but until you have experienced it, you can never understand.

This small but powerful ritual is said to have begun in 1985 in the old Chicago Stadium.  The Blackhawks were playing the Edmonton Oilers in the play offs.  The Hawks were down in the series and the crowd was so excited for the game and tried to pump up the players that they began cheering during the anthem, which started a controversial but electrifying tradition in Chicago Blackhawks history.

Since that playoff series, the crowd has cheered at every home game during the Star Spangled Banner.

The annual NHL All-Star games were being held in the Chicago Stadium in 1991, which two days before “Operation Desert Storm” was declared.

Before the All-Star games started, the whole hockey world got a taste of what was transpiring in Chicago during every game.

The cheering during that anthem was not for the hockey, but for the troops, making it the patriotic act it is today.  It was probably the most special and emotional anthem in all of hockey.

In an interview with Chicago Blackhawks writer, Bob Verdi, former NHLer Wayne Gretsky, who was there for the games said “I was standing next to Mark Messier during the anthems.” I said to him, ‘this is unbelievable.’ I’ve heard it as loud here before when we came into Chicago with the Edmonton Oilers. But never as emotional. The flags of both countries, the banners, the vibrations. You could tell that the fans, like us, were thinking of other things.”

Almost 30-years later, the tradition in Chicago is still alive and well, the sell-out crowds constantly overpowering the singer.

Although some people think it is unpatriotic and disrespectful, a lot of people see it as a sign of support for the troops.

If there is one thing a person should do, its go to a Hawks game and witness, in person, the powerful, national anthem in Chicago.

Top Moments of the 2010 Playoffs

On June 9, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pa. the Chicago Blackhawks won their first Stanley Cup in 49 years.

April 24, 2010 Game 5

When the play offs started in April, they were up against their divisional foes, the seventh seed, Nashville Predators.

On April 24th, the two teams faced off with hopes to win game five and take a three game to two lead.

What happened in this game became arguably the best moment of the play offs for Chicago (minus the Cup winning game).

The Hawks were down 4-3 with about a minute left. Marian Hossa took a five minute boarding penalty, which left the Hawks short handed and in a desperate situation.

With 30 seconds left the Hawks got the puck out and pulled the goalie to even the field at five players apiece.

What happened next will forever be remember by Hawks fans.

13.6 seconds left, Patrick Kane scored a short-handed goal to tie the game.

April 24, 2010 Game 5 Overtime

In overtime the Hawks killed off the remaining penalty time, and a few seconds later, Marian Hossa scored the game winning goal to take a 3-2 series lead.

The Hawks won game six, which finished the series and moved on to round two, but things could have been a lot different had the Hawks not won the all-important game five.

May 7, 2010 Game 4

Round two feature some very familiar foes, the Vancouver Canucks.  During game four Captain Jonathan Toews scored his first career play off hat trick, all power play goals.  He added two assists to end the game with five points.  This was the second game in a row a Hawks player netted a hat trick.

May 23, 2010 Game 4

In the conference finals the Hawks were up against the number one seed, San Jose Sharks.  The Hawks entered game four with a 3-0 series lead. The Hawks defeated the Sharks and swept them in four games.  In game four, Duncan Keith lost seven teeth after the puck hit him in the face.  This victory ensured them a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals.

June 7, 2012 Game 5

With the series tied at two games apiece, the Hawks and Flyers squared off in game five.  The Hawks came out and played a huge game and scored three goals in the opening period.  The victory that night was win number three, the Hawks just needed one more to win it all.  Chicago fans knew it was coming after this game.

June 9, 2010 Game 6

This game would end up going into overtime and the rest as they say…is history.

Patrick Kane forever ingrained himself as the hero in Chicago and had probably the most unique finishes to a series.

June 11, 2010 Parade

Over two million people lined the streets of downtown Chicago to celebrate the Hawk winning the Cup

October 9, 2010 Home Opener

The following season at the home opener at the United Center, against rivals Detroit Red Wings, the Hawks players skated their Championship banner and Stanley Cup onto the ice, a historical moment in Chicago.  A great video to celebrate a unforgettable season. This video sums up the entire season and play off run.

Why hockey is the best sport

Hockey might not be as popular of a sport compared to football and basketball but it certainly is more entertaining.


There are so many things that make hockey the best sport and something that every person should watch.  It is such a fast paced, non-stop game that nothing compares to hockey.


1. The Goals

What makes hockey special and so different from other sports like basketball is that goals are a huge deal.

In basketball games the score can exceed 100 points, which can get a bit boring. In hockey a team is lucky if they score three goals in a game.

But when a player does score, let the celebration begin. The goal scorer will do a celebration dance or move, each player having his own unique style, some even being really funny.

Then the goal horn sounds, then the music starts.  Each team having it’s own horn and goal song.  There is nothing like the roar of the crowd after the home team scores.


Now, even though goals do not happen as often as other sports, there are plenty of other entertaining aspects to the game.


2. The Stick Handling

In hockey the players can only pass the puck with the sticks, which is definitely harder than it sounds.  But, there are some players in the NHL that are mesmerizing with the puck.  Just check out this video for the proof.


3. The Big Hit and the Fights

Some people think it’s a little barbaric to hit and fight an opposing team’s player, but that’s just not the case.  A player hits someone to get him away from the puck.  Hits can only be made when a player has or just had the puck; otherwise it’s a penalty.  Being psychical is part of the game.

People who do not watch hockey do not understand why there is fighting in hockey.  Most of the time a fight happens because a player is sticking up for a teammate, making it a stand up act and one that is appreciated by the players who are being defended. Other times, the fight is sort of staged, to get ones team into the game and bring some energy, but there is always an amount of respect for the opposition.


4. The Players

The athletes who play hockey are usually not arrogant, they work hard and play hockey because the love the sport.  They rarely make over five million dollars a season, some making around $800,000, compared to other athletes who make over 20 million dollars a season.

They also truly appreciate their fan base and constantly give their all, which is all I fan can ask for.



5. The Trophy

In baseball and in football the trophy goes to management first, which is wrong.  The players are the ones who worked so hard to win the championship and it is only right that they get the trophy first.  In the NHL when the Stanley Cup is won, it is presented to the Captain of the team and passed from teammate to teammate, going to the management last.

Also, if a player never wins the Cup, they never touch it.  A person only touches the Cup when they win, making it that much more special and makes the player work that much harder.


Hockey is a the greatest sport and if your not sure, watch a game and you will see for yourself.