Hawks Headlines: Blackhawks Convention Recap

Also, Stan Bowman praises Antti Raanta

 The Chicago Blackhawks held their annual Blackhawks Convention over the weekend at the Chicago Hilton. Miss the festivities? No problem, because we have collected a bunch of cool stories about the event, and even have some video of one particularly noteworthy moment featuring two of the team's biggest stars. 

  • Chris Kuc has a good recap of the weekend's festivities, including why defenseman Brent Seabrook wasn't in attendance (his wife is close to giving birth to the couple's first child) and also some breakdown of the team's chances at Olympic glory. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Something rather surprising happened on day two of the Convention Saturday: Patrick Kane was actually booed by the crowd at one of the panels. That's because he praised LeBron James, but the Hawks winger did manage to get back into the crowd's good graces. Mark Strotman has more. [Comcast SportsNet]
  • Even though the Hawks signed goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin to be the back-up to Corey Crawford this season in net, Antti Raanta still has caught the attention of plenty of members of the team's brass, including GM Stan Bowman. [Daily Herald]
  • One thing that the Convention does is give the players an opportunity to be reflective and insightful, and Nina Falcone has the story of watershed moments in the careers of Brandon Saad and Andrew Shaw. [Comcast SportsNet]
  • When head coach Joel Quenneville had a press conference on Friday to discuss the new extension he had just inked with the team, there were several notable attendees: the players that he coaches. Mark Lazerus has an interesting story about the players' relationship with their famously prickly coach. [Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Finally, fans will recall that captain Jonathan Toews busted out a little bit of a moonwalk after the team won the Stanley Cup in Boston in June..

This came after Kane had busted some moves of his own at a Jimmy Buffet concert in 2010: 

The real question, though, is which one of them did it better? Well, the duo took to the stage at the Convention to answer that question:  

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