Legends of the Hawks Puck Talk event Feb. 25

By Doug Halberstadt
Sports Columnist

Several area Chicago Blackhawks fans were looking forward to meeting and talking some old-time hockey with Bobby Hull, Tony Esposito, Eric Daze and Peter Marsh this Friday, Nov. 12. They will have to wait a little while longer.

The Legends of the Hawks Puck Talk that was originally scheduled to take place this Friday, Nov. 12, has been postponed until Friday, Feb. 25, 2011. Any tickets purchased for Nov. 12 can be exchanged or refunded from point of purchase.

Local sports promoter Mark Bjelland has stated that only 300 tickets will be available for this event. Tickets are on sale now at The Scoreboard Lounge—inside the Holiday Inn, online at tix.com or you can charge by phone at 800-595-4849.

Ticket prices include two options. An $85 ticket includes a buffet dinner and one autograph from each hockey legend. The second option is a $120 VIP meet-and-greet ticket. The VIP package includes a 45-minute meet-and-greet session from 5:15 to 6 p.m., one autograph from each player, an opportunity to take a one-on-one photo and the buffet dinner.

Hull was inducted as a player into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983. He began his NHL career with the Blackhawks in 1957 and stayed with the team through the 1971-72 season. He then played nine more seasons with the Winnipeg Jets (1972-1980). He finished his professional hockey career by playing nine games with the Hartford Whalers at the end of the 1980 season. He had 610 career goals and 560 career assists.

Esposito was inducted as a player into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988. His first year in the NHL was with the Montreal Canadians in 1968. He played in 13 games for the Canadians. The remainder of his career (873 games) was spent in net for the Blackhawks. He retired following the 1983-84 season. He had a career total of 423 wins and 306 losses.

Daze was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the fourth round (90th overall) of the 1993 NHL entry draft. He played his entire 11-season career with Chicago. He had 226 career goals and 172 career assists.

Marsh played four seasons with the Blackhawks (1980-84). He finished his NHL career with 48 goals and 71 assists. He also scored 91 goals and 76 assists in three seasons in the World Hockey Association.

In addition to the player meet-and-greet, there will also be a silent auction table benefiting the Rockford Hockey Club.

Any questions pertaining to this event, call (815) 742-3226.

From the Nov. 10-16, 2010

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