In his pre-Circus Trip media availability, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said something that was potentially newsworthy for Blackhawks fans.
Hoiberg just said it's his understanding this is last Circus trip. #breakingnews
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) November 14, 2016
So could this be the final extended November road-trip for the Blackhawks? It should be, based on Chris Kuc’s reporting last year.
— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) July 23, 2015
UPDATE: the Chicago Tribune’s Chris Kuc followed-up on Monday afternoon with the official news: the Circus Trip is dead.
From the Kuc story:
“The reason we’re doing this is two-fold,” Terry Savarise, Senior Vice President of Operations for the United Center, said Monday. “One is that in future years the Bulls and the Blackhawks no longer have to endure two two-week road trips and a subset of that is that those two two-week road trips had resulted in a compression of our home-game schedules which usually ended up having too many home games for fans in a short period of time. There were times when you’d have four home games in a one-week period, which fans didn’t like.”
“So the elimination of the two-week circus run and the reduction of the Disney Ice Show run from two weeks down to one allows us to resolve those two issues on behalf of the teams,” Savarise added. “I think the teams are pleased to have the additional flexibility in the scheduling process.”