Home Opener Day is Here! Jersey Reaction(s), Edzo Talks About Leaving, Brotherly Battle in Toronto, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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Home Opener Day is Here! Jersey Reaction(s), Edzo Talks About Leaving, Brotherly Battle in Toronto, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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Welcome to a HOME game day, Blackhawks fans! After what’s felt like another offseason since winning in San Jose, the Hawks open the United Center for the 2022-23 regular season. Yesterday we shared the plans for this afternoon’s red carpet events so, if you’re coming to the UC tonight, make sure you check that out so you don’t miss the festivities.

  • I had a chance to try the new food options (and one specific cocktail) and see the new sportsbook lounge. I shared some reviews of the new food today so you know what to try when you’re at the UC for the Blackhawks (or Bulls or concerts) this season.
  • The huge win: the wagyu hot dog. Do it. You won’t regret it. I promise.
  • Adidas revealed this year’s Reverse Retro jerseys on Thursday morning and the response was mixed on social media. Lots of hate with a few positive vibes. If you look at the number of replies to our tweet below, you might be able to guess what the majority of the responses were… What are your thoughts?
  • Good news, however. It sounds like the Blackhawks have heard the fans begging for the primarily black jerseys to come back as a third jersey and that might be happening soon. Stay tuned for that positive news on the jersey front…
  • While Scott Powers was in Seattle he double-dipped and caught up with Edzo and his son, Nick, who are working games for the Kraken now (weeping emoji). Interestingly, the Kraken actually asked the Blackhawks for permission to talk to Olczyk while he was still working for them, and that permission was granted (surprising to us as readers and, apparently, Edzo himself at the time).

“Look, I never thought I’d leave home,” Edzo told Powers. “That’s a fact. That’s just whatever. But like I said, the situation dictated itself, and the offer was too good to refuse, and I get an opportunity to work with my family. Just the timing is what it is, and you have to make those decisions. Just the way everything worked out and everybody kind of being in the places and the opportunity that was there, I needed to take a step back and figure out if that was (what I wanted).”

  • We’ll still get to hear Edzo on national broadcasts and wish both Eddie and Nick all the best in Seattle. They’re two of the best people the good Lord put on this planet.
  • Earlier this week a report floated the idea of the NHL’s salary cap going up as much as $4 million next year. And, as I noted at that time, that could be a double-edged sword for the Blackhawks (more cap space for them to spend, more for other teams to keep their players and not need to sell). On Thursday, Frank Seravalli reported that increase still needs a lot to go right to happen. So don’t count on it as an absolute… just a possibility.
  • The Rockford IceHogs open their home schedule this weekend, too. And it has a new name: the BMO Center. The Hogs announced a new nine-year agreement with BMO on the newly renovated arena on Thursday in a press conference that included representatives from the IceHogs, BMO and Mayor of Rockford Tom McNamara.
  • If you’re watching the NLCS, you saw the drama of the Nola family. Well, last night in Toronto we had brothers battling in front of their mom — wearing a Dallas hat and Leafs jersey — when Jason and Nick Robertson. It was a fabulous game. Nick was making his season debut for the Leafs and he, appropriately, played the role of the hero. He scored once in regulation and then finished the deal with this OT GWG.
  • Finally, I don’t want this to be a “getting us ready for a big trade” share, but there was a massive trade late last night in the NFL. And it opens a lot of questions for Bears fans.


Author: Tab Bamford

Tab is the Lead Blackhawks voice for BN. He is the author of two books about the Blackhawks, most recently "Chicago Blackhawks: An Illustrated Timeline" (Reedy Press, 2021). Find him on Twitter at @The1Tab