Chicago Blackhawks fans will hear a familiar compilation of songs prior to the team taking the United Center ice this season.
According to Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Blackhawks are bringing back “The Orchard” as part of the team’s pregame videos for the 2021-22 season.
Truly an eye-catching spectacle, “The Orchard” features video and audio clips of iconic moments in Blackhawks history interlaced with a virtual rendering of the jersey-front Indianhead logo stitching.
“The Orchard” is so beloved among Chicago hockey fans because the team utilized the video as part of their pregame introductions throughout the most dominant stretch in franchise history. The Blackhawks deviated from the fan-favorite tradition in the 2017-18 season, which marked the team’s first time missing the playoffs in 10 years.
According to Pope, the decision to bring back “The Orchard” stemmed from what the Blackhawks’ event presentation team learned in 2021, an odd season that featured limited-capacity in-person attendance for only two Hawks games. Perhaps the absence of fans at the United Center made the Blackhawks listen more intently to the desires of their most fervent supporters.
One thing Hawks fans may not know about “The Orchard” is the mix of songs that comprise the soundtrack of the adored video. The first song is “Fanfare for the Common Man” by Aaron Copland and The London Symphony Orchestra. The second track is “The Might of Rome” by Hans Zimmer, Gavin Greenway, The Lyndhurst Orchestra, and Lisa Gerrard.
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