On Wednesday evening, the Blackhawks will be back on the ice against the St. Louis Blues in a warm-up game before their play-in series against the Edmonton Oilers.
A few hours before the first on-ice action in five months, the Blackhawks made a strong statement.
The Hawks have banned headdresses from all Blackhawks events at the United Center moving forward.
From the team’s statement:
“These symbols are sacred, traditionally reserved for leaders who have earned a place of great respect in their Tribe, and should not be generalized or used as a costume or for everyday wear.”
The Blackhawks also announced the organization is partnering with the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History to develop the Chicago Blackhawks Cultural Education Center. Housed at the Trickster Cultural Center, this new state-of-the-art exhibit “will include Native American artifacts from their vast collection and integrate a greater use of technology to create an interactive space for students throughout Chicagoland, Northwest Indiana and Southern Wisconsin to visit as part of their core curriculum.”