The Chicago Blackhawks Convention continued Saturday with a 10-hour day that included autograph sessions, panels, and entertainment for fans.
I unwisely spent five hours of my day acquiring a wristband and signature of Tony Esposito. The extremely wasteful time has meaning because my dad grew up a “Tony O” fan, so getting his autograph on my dad’s Blackhawks sweater was important. His session started at 3:30 p.m. and was supposed to end at 5:30. The wife and I left with signatures in two at 6 with many more to go.
Most signing sessions had similar crazy stories. Brandon Saad had his signing at 9 a.m., with wristbands going out at 8:30. Fans camped out by his area as early as 4 a.m. to guarantee the plastic band. I talked with two ladies that confirmed that stupidity of some fans. They admitted getting his stage at 6 a.m. Other signings included Steve Larmer, Jonathan Toews (if you won and received his winning color-coded signing time), and Stu Grimson.
Panels ranged from meeting the...