It’s nearly June and, thankfully, those long, cold days of summer are finally over. Despite the fact that the first day of summer is still a few weeks away, Memorial Day weekend always seems to kick-start those tranquil summer vibes. One thing we can be sure of though (although living here in Chicago I’m always a bit apprehensive to say it) is that the snow and ice are behind us until next winter.
That is, unless you are a hockey fan. For us here in the Windy City there is still a fresh coat of it down at The United Center, home to our Blackhawks, who (thankfully!) pulled off a game 6 win last night against the Anaheim Ducks to tie up the Western Conference Playoff series as they battle for the Stanley Cup.
For those of you unfamiliar, hockey is a pretty big deal around these parts. Actually, it’s a really big deal. On Saturday the Ducks and the Hawks meet up for the last time in Anaheim for game 7, and it’s sure to be a fist-clenching-edge-of-your-seat battle to see who comes out on top.
Contrary to what you may believe, hockey is not considered all that popular of a sport in Denmark. Although neighbors Sweden and Finland score spots #3 and #4 on the Top 10 Countries for Hockey, and are known for being hockey powerhouses, there are only a handful of hockey players from Denmark in the NHL today, and The Cup has yet to visit this southernmost Nordic country.
But that seems to be changing. Denmark has recently been dubbed an emerging force in hockey, and according to websites such as hockeysfuture.com two of the top future hockey prospects are Danish. Of course, it helps that Anaheim’s goaltender, Frederik Andersen is from Herning, Denmark. He is obviously a huge obstacle in the way of The Hawks’ quest for their 6th Stanley Cup Championship.
It seems that the Danes are making their mark. They are slated to host the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in 2018, and perhaps by that time Denmark will rank up there with Sweden and Finland. As for Saturday, I’m hoping Stanley stays stateside for now.
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Women’s Auxiliary Smørrebrød Benefit Luncheon at The Danish Home of Chicago on May 30th