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8 reasons why Blackhawks fans were voted NHL’s most loyal
BY STEPHANIE STREMPLEWSKI
This all might change if Corey Crawford allows a soft goal tonight against the Kings, but for now Blackhawks fans are the most loyal in the NHL, according to a report by Forbes.
Trailing behind Chicago’s beloved team is fellow Original Six member and Stanley Cup finalist New York Rangers. So what are the Los Angeles Kings fans ranked on this report? All that matters is that they are not even in the top five rankings. So what makes Chicago fans so loyal to the United Center? Here’s what we think:
1. They have the best logo in the NHL
If you have not seen the famous Indian head logo, come to Chicago. It’s nearly impossible to go a day without seeing it someplace.
2. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are in the Top Five for best selling jerseys in the NHL (Marian Hossa is ranked #11)
Not only did the Los Angeles Kings not make the top five rankings for most loyal fans in the NHL, but not one of their players is among the Top 20 for top-selling jerseys.
3. They are a member in the Original Six
In 1926, the Chicago Blackhawks became the fourth team to enter the Original Six. In the same year, the New York Rangers became the last team to complete it. Knowing that the Rangers have just entered the Stanley Cup Finals is giving Blackhawks fans hope for an Original Six Stanley Cup face off.
4. The Kings’ mascot Bailey is a “belieber”; Chicago fans are not
In July 2013, pop-singer Justin Bieber was seen standing on the Blackhawks’ logo in Chicago’s locker room, something that the players are not even allowed to do. In March 2012, Bailey tweeted out, ” I think I am the only NHL mascot that follows Justin Bieber I am one of #19MillionBeliebers #OperationBieberBlast”
5. Jim Cornelison and the National Anthem
You will never hear 21,000 fans screaming their heads off while Jim Cornelison sings the National Anthem high and mightily unless you are at the United Center. While Cornelison’s strong lungs fill you with might, seeing 21,000 red and white sweaters cheering all around you will send more chills down your spine than the temperature of the ice.
6. The United Center is #6 in the 2013 NHL Arena Rankings
The factors in the rankings included food, atmosphere, neigborhood, parking, etc.
7. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are the 21st Century Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull
In 1961, Hall of Famers Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull won the Stanley Cup Championship against Chicago’s biggest rival, the Detroit Red Wings. 49 years later, future Hall of Famers Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane would win the the Cup in 2010 and again in 2013.
8. Blackhawks fans are living in a Golden Age of Hockey
The Blackhawks have brought their team and the NHL back to life. With four future Hall of Famers playing on the ice (Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, and Duncan Keith), and led by future Hall of Famer coach (Joel Quenneville), there’s no wonder why the Blackhawks have won 2 Stanley Cup Championships in the past 4 years, an accomplishment that very few teams have done.