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anonymous asked:

I grew up with hockey like any other sport, casually and only really knowing/caring about my home team & only interacting with my fellow home team fans, but now I'm seeing there's like this whole tumblr fandom to the nhl and I was wondering what are like the reputations of the teams??? And obvi everyone has their own biases based on their faves but I was just curious (bc I love hearing about all of the reputations and drama and gossip that is 100% alive in the sports world)

um okay i really love this ask but i’m also Nervous to answer it bc obviously my views are gonna be based on my teams and tbh i don’t a ton about some of the teams. so let me just preface this by saying that i don’t intend to shit on anyone’s team. pls don’t come yell at me. i love y’all. i’m gonna put this under a read more bc it’s gonna be long af. this isn’t so much drama as it is just a primer on the teams bc i’m not looking to start drama. 

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anonymous asked:

Hey, I don't really know who to ask this from and I'd want the tumblr fandom perspective on it - why does a lot of people hate Blackhawks? I'm pretty new to NHL and it's made me curious. Peeps mention Hawks and their dislike often but I dont really know why theyre disliked. Whats your take on it? All the dislike has made me kept my distance to them HAHA. I hope I'm not bothering you!

You’re not bothering me at all! Here’s what I know of the situation:

Caveat that I wasn’t in hockey fandom at the time, so this is my understanding after the fact - the big thing that happened was the Events of Summer 2015, when P*trick K*ne was accused of rape. The h*wks organization and teammates supported him throughout the case, before it was dismissed. Whether you believe he is innocent or not, the fact that the organization supported him before the case was over greatly soured many fans to the team - he wasn’t suspended from preseason games, they let him talk to the media etc.. (As an aside, from what I hear there was also a lot of Drama in the fandom based on people who supported K*ne before the charges were dropped.)

Their logo is also racist, and they have not changed it, while native designers have given them more respectful designs. Many people are made uncomfortable by this.

The players and team are also considered over-hyped by some, while having stats and records comparable or worse to others, but treated better because Cups. In general people also may not like the play style.

There is also some dislike because of the players on their team. I mentioned the rape case against K*ne, but there have been other incidents with him, such as beating up a cab driver and choking a woman. Several players have had issues with racist actions  - K*ne blackface, Cr*wford’s mask and P*narin’s racist comments come to mind.

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@heat-starved ask for just the Blackhawks Part of the rookie family post, so here it is! 

ROOKIE FAMILIES 2016-17

(sorry I’m literally 7 months late)

Thanks to @nhl-canes for her help with the Teuvo situation! (go follow her she’s super awesome!

Original Post

Teuvo Trade Post

Shaw Trade Post

2016-2017 Post with the leafs part too

Raising Kane (from ESPN.com in 2009)

CHICAGO – He’s one of the cornerstones of this city’s hockey renaissance. Yet he looks like he’s 12. He plays like there’s nothing he can’t do on the ice. Yet he’s not even 6 feet tall. He can’t go anywhere without being asked for an autograph. Yet he carries himself with the humility of a city sanitation worker.

At 20 years old, Patrick Kane is one of the NHL’s brightest stars. His hat trick in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals not only helped the Blackhawks advance, but it brought with it the national sports spotlight. And now, in the Western Conference finals against Detroit, everyone is expecting Patrick Kane to do great things.

And yet, at the end of the day, he’s so much more than a hockey player, so much more than No. 88, the future of the Blackhawks. Ask him about the roles that matter most in his life and Kane surely will tell you son, friend and big brother. It’s the reason his family was right there with him at the NHL draft, at his first NHL game and at last year’s NHL awards.

So in the era of social networking, in the era of MySpace, Twitter and Facebook, here are 20 things you might not know about the Blackhawks’ forward, one for each of Kane’s 20 years. They come courtesy of Kane himself, as well as the people who have been there from the beginning: his mother, Donna; father, Pat; and three sisters: Erica (20), Jessica (18) and Jacqueline (15).

1. He’s exceptionally competitive.

He wanted to have this handwriting contest one day,” Erica said. “So we sit down, write our name five times, and all of the sudden he stands up and goes, ‘All right, I win. I’m the best.’ And he walks away.

2. One of his closest friends is his 83-year-old grandfather.

They are very, very close,” Donna Kane said. “They will sit outside and play cards, they’ll sit on the deck and tell stories and they’ll watch baseball and eat cheeseburgers together. I remember one time I went over there and Pat was napping on the couch and Grandpa was sleeping on the chair.

3. After his hat trick against Vancouver, he had 69 text messages waiting for him. One was from Jacqueline, and the two began going back and forth creating a Patrick Kane rap song.

It was pretty silly,” Jacqueline said. “Something like, 'Oh Patrick, you just scored a hat trick. That Kane, he’s so insane.

4. Growing up he was forced to play with dolls because it was the only way he could get his sisters to play sports.

I’d be the dad and have to play house or whatever,” he said. “It wasn’t something I wanted to do, but I had to do it.”

5. After doing his doll duty, Patrick would team up with Jacqueline for a 2-on-2 soccer battle against Erica and Jessica in the basement.

They were a little more girlie girl so we’d dominate,” Jacqueline said. “I remember we’d do the introductions, we’d flicker the lights on and off. We kept statistics on the wall. We won more than we lost. Sometimes my sisters quit.”

6. And when they did, Pat would make them pay.

They’d be running up the stairs and I’d just whip the ball at their backs,” Kane said. “They always knew that if they didn’t want to play anymore that was fine. But the ball would soon be coming at them. Ahh, good memories.”

7. Every time she visits in Chicago, Donna Kane still does her son’s laundry. And cleans his house.

I’ll do his wash and rip the sheets off the bed,” Donna said. “His interest is hockey. He wants to play hockey. The other stuff will have its time and moment. So for now, I don’t mind helping him out.”

8. In Kane’s new home, he currently has six pieces of furniture: two beds, three televisions and a sectional.

Typical college kid,” Donna said.

9. Kane has specific rules for when his sisters come to visit.

It’s hilarious,” Erica said. “We have to obey his rules. Try to be quiet, if you have to go to the bathroom, go downstairs. Don’t wake him up when he’s sleeping. Stuff like that.

10. When the season is over, Kane will head home to Buffalo, where he stays with his parents and sleeps in the same bed, in the same bedroom, where he grew up.

No matter what anyone else says, if you ask him he’ll tell you Buffalo is still his home,” Donna said.

11. Once there, he’ll cruise around town with Jacqueline before heading home and working on his moves.

We’ll just drive around the side streets and blast music, maybe go to McDonald’s,” Jacqueline said. “And then we’ll go home and have a dance-off.”

12. The majority of his summer, though, will be spent in his parent’s backyard playing a game called “Keep it Up.”

You take those big bouncy balls, like the ones at K-Mart, and the idea is to hit the ball back and forth and keep it up as long as possible,” Erica said. “We play for hours on end. And some of the saves people make, you laugh so hard. You look like an idiot.”

13. When he’s away from Buffalo, Pat calls home almost every night.

14. He never went to a prom.

There was always a hockey game or a hockey tournament or something going on,” Donna said. “I don’t even think he ever went to a school dance.”

15. He’s very protective when it comes to his sisters, and he regularly gives them advice about dating.

He tells us who’s bad, who’s good and who to stay away from,” Jessica said. “He’s a really good listener.”

16. Despite his superstar status, he still acts like a kid.

My dad has these motorized scooters, and Pat will come home in the summer and just race these things up and down the street,” Erica said. “He’s just such a kid.

17. He loves a good practical joke.
“He did this thing not long ago where he crawled into the bedroom at his house where my dad was watching television and then just jumped up and scared my dad to death,” Jacqueline said.

18. He’s learning to like shopping.

I remember a while back he wanted to buy something for each of us and my mom was like, 'Just give the girls money.’ We didn’t think he could handle shopping. But he went to Aldo and picked us all up a couple pairs of awesome shoes.”

19. Less than an hour after his family dropped him off in Detroit to play junior hockey and chase his NHL dreams, Pat tried to quit.

I told him, 'Pat, we’re not quitters. We’ve never been quitters. We made a commitment to a team and an organization and a family, and we can’t just walk away without trying it.’ It was a tough couple of months,” Donna said, “but we got through it.”

20. Despite leaving home at 14, he’s learned that family is everything.

My dad was asking me the other day if it would have been nice to have a younger brother, someone I could teach a few things and could also make a big splash,” Kane said. “But honestly, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I would never change a thing. I wouldn’t be here without them.

anonymous asked:

I dont want to be mean, and I'm not that big a hawks fan, but I'm just wondering how theyre organization is any different from the penguins, flyers, kings, avalanche, or predators. I understand kane is a more prominent player but thats not the point, I guess? sorry if this sounds mean I just don't get it

several people have summed this up better than i ever could, so rather than rehash what has been said so many times before (and less eloquently no less, because i’m certainly not as well spoken or as knowledgeable as others who have talked about this topic at length not only this season, but throughout prior seasons as well) i’m going to link you to some more other posts about the organization and why i, and many others, refuse to support the organization.

THIS article from cbs chicago is one of my favorite articles relating to the issue of k*ne specifically and chicago sports culture as a whole. jess over at @pksuburban (a great blog that you should follow and someone who brightens up my dash every day!) wrote THIS as a response to a similar question. i think this covers a lot of the reasons why i myself and others choose not to support, uphold, and defend an organization. the organization has been offered numerous alternate designs to their racist logo – which is quite literally a caricature – and they’ve refused to change it. that alone tells me all i need to know about the organization as a whole, and no amount of ‘if someone steps on the logo, they have to pay money to a native american charity’ (an excuse that i’ve seen commonly thrown around in relation to the logo conversation) is ever going to change the fact that the logo is racist. i cannot and will not support an organization that has so blatantly disregarded the protests of those that are directly impacted, hurt, marginalized, and targeted through this. i cannot and will not support an organization who thought it was appropriate to shield and actively promote a man – honestly, more so than they had before those accusations – accused of rape. i cannot and will not support an organization who has done the things the blackhawks organization has done. 

and don’t worry! you weren’t mean at all, and i appreciate you being calm and nice in your approach! not everyone i’ve had this conversation with has approached me with genuine curiosity and civility, so i appreciate this a lot!