10/06/2009 3:06 PM - From chicagoblackhawks.com: (link)
The Chicago Blackhawks will launch their 2009-10 regular-season home opener on Saturday with a special red carpet event on Madison Street from 5:00 to 5:30 P.M., before the team faces off against the Colorado Avalanche at the United Center at 7:30 P.M.
The 2009-10 Blackhawks players will arrive via limousine on Madison Street in front of Gate 3 at 5:00 P.M., and will each be introduced before walking down a red carpet and into the United Center’s Gate 2 ½. Blackhawks Radio Play-By-Play Announcer John Wiedeman will serve as the master of ceremonies for the event, which attracted thousands of fans last season.
The event is free and open to the public and also features appearances by Blackhawks alumni, executives, broadcasters, Tommy Hawk, the team’s mascot, and the Bud Light Ice Crew. Parking lots around the United Center will open at 4 P.M., while gates will open for the home opener at 5:30 P.M. Madison Street between Damen and Wood will be closed from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. to accommodate the event.