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Could The Midwest Become ‘Blackhawks Country’?

HawksSaturday’s column from CBS Chicago

(CBS) With two Stanley Cup championships in four years, Chicago has been transformed into a Blackhawks city. But could the Midwest actually be transformed into “Blackhawks Country”?

This week, Chicago’s NHL franchise announced that it will be taking its title-winning show on the road later this summer when it opens training camp Sept. 12 on the campus of Notre Dame.

According to the team, the Hawks will train for four days (Sept. 12-15) at the Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend – selling tickets for just $5 a pop – before returning home to the United Center on Sept. 16 for their annual training camp festival.

“We are thankful that Notre Dame is allowing us to host our camp at their new state-of-the-art, world-class facility,” said Hawks general manager Stan Bowman, a Fighting Irish alum. “Opening camp on the road offers our players and coaching staff a unique team bonding atmosphere. We look forward to bringing Blackhawks hockey to our fans in Northwest Indiana.”

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