The Chicago Blackhawks announced their promotional schedule for the 2021-22 season on Wednesday afternoon. Several details emerged regarding ticket sales, special events, and other highlights.
Tickets for regular-season games and preseason home games will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, September 14 at 12 PM Central Time.
There will also be a presale for fans on the Blackhawks Priority Access List, which will open on Monday, September 13.
Tuesday, November 9 vs. Pittsburgh: Marian Hossa
Thursday, October 21 vs. Vancouver: Patrick Kane - 1,000 Games
The Blackhawks will honor forward Patrick Kane's accomplishment of skating in his 1,000th NHL game. Kane reached the milestone on March 9 at Dallas during the pandemic-shortened 2021 season, so he and the team elected to wait until fans could return to celebrate the accomplishment. The team will present Kane with a silver stick in a pregame ceremony before the Blackhawks take on the Canucks at 7:30 PM.
Thursday, January 13 vs. Montreal: Andrew Shaw
Former Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw announced his retirement from hockey on April 26, 2021. "The Mutt" recorded 151 points (75 goals, 76 assists) and 339 penalty minutes in 362 games across seven seasons for the Blackhawks. Shaw quickly became a fan favorite for his hard-nosed play style and he went on to win two Stanley Cups in Chicago.
The Blackhawks will honor Shaw in a pregame ceremony with a fitting opponent in the building. The gritty forward spent three seasons with the Montreal Canadiens -- his only other NHL team -- where he posted 96 points (41 goals, 55 assists) and 234 penalty minutes across 182 games in three seasons. Following the ceremony, puck drop between the Blackhawks and Canadiens is scheduled for 7:30 PM.
Monday, January 31 vs. Vancouver: Brent Seabrook
Like Shaw, Brent Seabrook announced his retirement from hockey in early 2021. Simply put, Seabrook was one of the best Blackhawks defensemen of all time. A staple of the blue line during the team's dynasty of the 2010s, Seabrook skated in 1,114 NHL games -- all with the Blackhawks -- and recorded 464 points (103 goals, 361 assists).
"Seabs" seemed to have a knack for the big moment as he provided several clutch playoff moments including three game-winning goals in the playoffs, all of which came during Blackhawks Stanley Cup-winning seasons. The three-time champion will have a ceremony in his honor before the Blackhawks square off against the Canucks -- a heated rival from Seabrook's playing days -- at 6:30 PM on the last night of January 2022.
Thursday, March 3 vs. Edmonton: Niklas Hjalmarsson
Another longtime stalwart of the Blackhawks blue line, Niklas Hjalmarsson, hung up the skates this offseason as well. Chicago hockey fans will remember Hjalmarsson as one of the best defensive defensemen in franchise history. "Hammer" logged 143 points (23 goals, 120 assists) and a staggering 1,186 blocked shots in 623 games across 10 seasons with the Blackhawks.
Hjalmarsson finished his career with the Arizona Coyotes, where he played 198 more NHL games across an injury-riddled four-season stretch. Now that his playing days are over, the Blackhawks will honor Hjalmarsson with a ceremony before taking on the Oilers at 7:30 PM in early March. This matchup will allow Hjalmarsson's former Blackhawks teammate, Duncan Keith, to watch the ceremony up close and personal from the Edmonton bench.
Pat Foley's Final Season
The 2021-22 campaign will be longtime Blackhawks broadcaster Pat Foley's 39th and final season calling games for the team. The team plans to honor Foley when the Blackhawks host the Sharks on Thursday, April 14 at 7:30 PM.
October 24 vs. Detroit, 6 PM: Oktoberfest
October 27 vs. Toronto, 6:30 PM: Día de los Muertos
November 7 vs. Nashville, 6 PM: Native American Heritage Night
November 12 vs. Arizona, 7:30 PM: Military Appreciation Night
November 28 vs. San Jose, 6 PM: Hockey Fights Cancer
December 17 vs. Nashville, 7:30 PM: Home for the Holidays
December 21 vs. Florida, 7:30 PM: Home for the Holidays
December 23 vs. Dallas, 7:30 PM: Home for the Holidays
February 27 vs. St. Louis, 2 PM: Family-friendly matinee
March 8 vs. Anaheim, 7:30 PM: St. Patrick's Day game
March 20 vs. Winnipeg, 6 PM: Chicago Blackhawks Foundation Night
April 12 vs. Los Angeles, 7:30 PM: Pride Night