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2013 Blackhawks Convention

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David Kaplan and Mark Carman talk with Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith at the 2013 Blackhawks Convention.

Garry Meier talks with Andrew Shaw at the 2013 Blackhawks Convention.

Highlights from the Opening Ceremonies of the 2013 Blackhawks Convention, including player introductions and remarks by Jonathan Toews.

WGN Radio Blackhawks Play-by-play announcer John Wiedeman sits down with Kap and Carm to talk about how long he expected it to take to win a Stanley Cup, how he chose to say what he said when they won the Cup, his thoughts on the possibility of a Blackhawks dynasty, and even more.


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Kap and Carm are joined by forwards Bryan Bickell and Brandon Bollig to discuss scoring game-winning goals in the playoffs, Bickell’s role in planning his upcoming wedding, Bollig’s appearance in a movie as a 12-year-old, how they’ll spend their day with the Stanley Cup and much more.

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Bryan Bickell is welcomed during the opening ceremonies of the Blackhawks Convention at the Hilton Chicago, Friday, July 26, 2013. (Alex Garcia / Chicago Tribune)

Toews and Keith speak with Kap and Carm about how they’ve spent this offseason, explain what it’s like to play for Coach Q, describe watching this franchise go from having little fan support to one where people are rabid about the team across the globe, and more.

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Jonathan Toews speaks during the opening ceremonies of the Blackhawks Convention at the Hilton Chicago, Friday, July 26, 2013. (Alex Garcia / Chicago Tribune)

Garry talks with #65, Andrew Shaw at the Blackhawks Convention.

2013 Blackhawks Convention – Andrew Shaw

Garry Meier is broadcasting from the 2013 Blackhawks Convention.

Twice in the last four seasons the Blackhawks have had a parade through the streets of Chicago to celebrate Stanley Cup championships with millions of fans.

Joel Quenneville, the coach who guided the Hawks to those titles, has been rewarded for those successes with a contract extension. It was announced Friday during a “major team announcement” before the opening of the Blackhawks Convention. The three year extension is in addition to the year remaining on Coach Q’s current contract.

In five seasons with the Hawks, Quenneville has compiled a 222-106-44 record in 372 regular-season games and hoisted the Cup twice. The first championship came in 2010 and ended a 49-year Cup drought for the Original Six organization and was followed by another title in ’13 after the Hawks dispatched the Bruins in six games.

Click here for more on this story from the Chicago Tribune

BlackhawksConventionLogoThe 2013 Blackhawks Convention is this weekend!  It’s time to celebrate the Stanley Cup Champions!

The 6th Annual Blackhawks Convention will take place at the Hilton Chicago (720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago) from Fri., July 26-Sun., July 28, 2013.

Below is the WGN Radio event schedule, now including scheduled guests. All information is subject to change.

Garry Meier – 3 to 7 p.m. (Normandie Lounge), including Opening Ceremonies and special guests
David Kaplan- 7 to 8:40 p.m. (Normandie Lounge)
– 7:10 – Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith
– 7:35 – Bryan Bickell and Brandon Bollig
– 8:05 – John Wiedeman

Steve Cochran – 2 to 4 p.m. (Normandie Lounge)
– 2:05 – Blackhawks executive TBA
– 2:35 – Brandon Saad
– 3:05 – Coach Joel Quenneville
– 3:35 – Andrew Shaw
Sports Central with Jim Memolo, Glen Kozlowski and Troy Murray – 4 to 6 p.m. (Continental Ballroom)
– 4:05 – John Wiedeman
– 4:35 – Corey Crawford
– 5:05 – Patrick Sharp
– 5:35 – Jonathan Toews