Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/19/14
Brad Richards is just getting to know the Chicago Blackhawks, so forgive him if his approach is still a little formal. After signing a one-year contract with the Blackhawks on July 1 worth a reported $2 million, the veteran center is meeting most of his new teammates this weekend at the Seventh Annual Blackhawks Fan Convention. The event, hosted at the Chicago Hilton, drew an estimated 10,000 fans to the International Ballroom on Friday evening to watch Richards and other Blackhawks "low-five" their way down a fashion runway during the opening ceremonies. "It's overwhelming trying to think of all these names I've got already," said Richards, whose previous contract was bought out by the New York Rangers this offseason. "I guess if you're going to come to a new team, this is a way to meet the whole organization. I've been here since Wednesday and it's been a lot of fun." It didn't take Richards long to have some fun with a couple of popular Blackhawks' nicknames. While speaking with reporters, Richards started referring to Chicago's cornerstone forwards -- Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane -- as "Jonathan and Patrick." He eventually stopped himself, mid-sentence, to ask a rhetorical question. "I shouldn't call him Jonathan," Richards said, smirking. "Does anybody call him Jonathan? It's pretty official. Taser and Kaner?" That's what teammates already call the two cornerstones, so Richards is catching on quick. Aside from an NHL All-Star Game with Toews and Kane, Richards hadn't played with any current Blackhawks at other stops in his career. That made the early transition period a little strange, but the convention is speeding up the indoctrination as a Blackhawks regular.
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