Hawks Headlines: NHL Attendance Beating the NBA

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Patrick Sharp #10 of the Chicago Blackhawks scores a goal against Dan Ellis #30 of the Dallas Stars in the second period at American Airlines Center on December 10, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.

In today’s edition of Hawks Headlines, we take a look at reactions from across the web to the Chicago Blackhawks’ sizable Olympic contingent, how NHL attendance numbers are surpassing those of the NBA, and the anchor around Patrick Kane’s neck that is weighing down his chances at winning the Hart Trophy this season.

-Mark Lazerus leads off our Olympic round-up this morning with his piece on the 10 Blackhawks chosen to represent their countries at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. The question Lazerus asks in the piece is a simple one: are there too many Blackhawks going overseas? Chicago Sun-Times

-Sam Fels also weighs in with his thoughts on the selections, and even makes a couple of excellent Photoshop jokes in the comments if you’re into that sort of thing. Committed Indian

-Scott Powers talked to Patrick Sharp after it was announced that he was selected to participate in his first Olympic Games as part of Team Canada. ESPN Chicago

-Need a crash course to get ready for those Olympics? Here is a good starting point. Chicago Tribune

-Nina Falcone wrote a very interesting piece about attendance in the NHL and NBA this season, and has some surprising news: the NHL is actually doing better than the NBA does in that key metric of fan interest in the sport. CSN Chicago

-We missed this piece by Jay Zawaski, so we’re paying our penance by including it today. Dr. Z has some great info on how Michal Handzus is hampering the MVP chances of Patrick Kane this season. CBS Chicago

-Finally, Chris Block brings us a very interesting look inside the mind of Hawks back-up goaltender Antti Raanta. Third Man In

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