As if there was any way to hate Chicago more than you already might, here's another reason.
Mayor Emanuel: "Chicago will be Hockey Town Usa."
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) February 11, 2016
Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, "Chicago will be Hockeytown, USA."
What does it really mean to be deemed such a prestigious honor?
While Chicago has won three of the last six Stanley Cups overall, that is just three of their six titles in 89 years of existence. Our beloved winged wheel has not missed the playoffs since the 1989-90 season and have hoisted Lord Stanley's Cup four times in that span alone, 11 times overall in our 89-year history.
I suppose that if he's talking about very recent history, they could claim they have been the most successful.
However, since we're discussing relatively recent, it was not long ago that attendance for Blackhawks fans was among worst in the league.
Even officially speaking, Chicago cannot claim the right to be called 'Hockeytown'. The Wings have trademarked the phrase themselves. If they wanted to do 'Hockeytown, USA,' that's not gonna fly either, because that honor goes to Warroad, Minnesota. Also trademarked.
The Mitten State is also home to USA Hockey's National Team Development Program U18 teams, based in Plymouth.
In addition, there's more participation in the sport in Michigan compared to Illinois. As of the 2013-14 season, Michigan's 50,585 players was only second to Minnesota's 54,507. Illinois had roughly 30,000 registered players, which is nearly a 40% spike from the 2008-09 season, a year before they won the first of three recent Stanley Cups.
It's okay, Chicago. We'll give you props for what you've been able to accomplish lately.
Sorry, not sorry, Mr. Mayor, but you are not 'Hockeytown'.