CHICAGO (CBS) — Whether or not they’re lucky enough to be going to any of the Stanley Cup Final games, plenty of Blackhawks fans want to make sure they look the part.
WBBM Newsradio’s Nancy Harty reports Blackhawks fans eager for the Stanley Cup Final to get started have been buying plenty of team gear while they wait.
Just blocks from the United Center, Gunzo’s Hockey Headquarters sells all kinds of Blackhawks paraphernalia.
Manager Tim Little said they picked a good time last year to add their new location down the street from the Madhouse on Madison.
“We just had a bunch of stock just brought over here, and we’re going through it,” he said.
Red Blackhawks home sweaters are the store’s hottest-selling item, with fans almost equally divided between Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp, and Andrew Shaw jerseys.
Little said Gunzo’s brought in plenty of supplies from its other locations to make sure there’s plenty of Blackhawks sweaters in stock, but he said there’s always a risk they’ll sell out.
“I guess it depends on how well they do,” he said. “We still have a lot of stock, but we’re going through a lot of it.”
Blackhawks fan Vito Keaty has four Hawks tattoos, and a closet full of team gear.
“I just like the look. I always leave here buying something, though,” he said.
Keaty pondered what would be the most he’d spend on tickets to one of the upcoming games.
“Well, I have a son that’s a junior in high school that should be going to college soon, but it all depends on how much these tickets cost,” he said.
Carl Haas was at Gunzo’s on Tuesday to sharpen his skates. Although he doesn’t have tickets for the Stanley Cup Final, he said he’s working on a plan to get in.
“I’m trying to figure out how much the fine is if I just bum rush the doors, and try to go in, because I feel like it would probably be less than a ticket,” he said. “So it’s in the works.”