Watch Chicago Blackhawks’ banner raising, in all its dramatic glory

Greg Wyshynski
October 2, 2013

The Chicago Blackhawks raised their 2013 Stanley Cup banner in all of its dramatic glory on Tuesday night, kicking off the NHL regular season with a home game against the Washington Capitals.

Take a look as the Blackhawks’ banner was raised to the rafters.

In a perfect world it would have taken 17 seconds for the banner to go from the ice to the ceiling, but whatever …

Eventually Jonathan Toews stopped hugging everyone and the Blackhawks’ title defense formally began …

So here’s the question: Who had the more overly dramatic opening ceremony? The Blackhawks’ banner raising, or the Montreal Canadiens’ overwrought (and overlong) torch passing?

The answer is always Montreal.