I used to be a die hard blackhawks fan, but the owner arthur wertz was a fucking tyrant.
seriously, the guy ruined hockey for most of the people in chicago, for 1 the guy was greedy, I mean mega greedy, he would charge outrageous prices for tickets, but he also owned all the concesions, and would charge 20 bucks for a beer and 10 for a hot dog, even by sports team stadium standards, that is fucking rediculous. with parking and admission and if you wanted anything to eat or drink it could easily cost you 500 bucks + per person to go see a blackhawks game.
the guy also was cheap and wouldnt get any talent whatsoever, he would just get the cheapest players he could to stick out on the ice regardless of the how they would perform.
but the absolute worst thing he did which almost sunk the team was NO GAMES AT ALL were allowed to be broadcast on TV in or around the chicago land area for like 300 miles, he figgured if he played the games no one would come out to the arena to watch them, the problem is that no new people were able to become blackhawk fans and and with the problems mentioned above the team began to die off hard core in popularity, for years im talking 30+ it was imposible to get tickets to the blackhawks, constantly sold out, the past few years they were lucky if they could get 3,000 people in the arena.
last year however, wertz died , the old coot left the team to his son rocky who imediatly struck a deal to put 20 games of last years season on TV and all of the following one, he also began to lower prices to more reasonable levels.
so I am just now starting to get back into NHL hockey, but I guess you could say I am a blackhawks fan, they are my favorite NHL team.
truth is I live about 70 miles out side of chicago atm in rockford and we have an ice hockey team here called the rockford icehogs, which was just small time team in the United hockey league, however last year the ice hogs switched over to the American Hockey League and is now the blackhawks offical farm team, so truth be told the ice hogs are my favorite hockey team but they are not NHL soooo.
plus the icehogs have the coolest logo ever ( ill spoiler tag it so it dont take up so much space )