I just got back from Chitcago, I was trolling along with my Blues shirts. I meet some terribly bandwagon fans up there.
When the Blues win the cup 2 out of 4 years then the glamorous shit happens like this.
Our fan conventions started 2 years before we won the cup - the first was in July 2008. Our 7th convention was just held this past weekend. I have never gone to any of them and have no plans to do so. Here's why:
1) I'm not an autograph guy and don't care to stand in line waiting for someone to sign his name for me. The majority of the convention involves autograph lines. The most popular players of course have the longest lines. And the team hearthrob (Patrick Sharp) has all women in his line from what hawks fans have said and the line is one of the longest.
2) There are breakout sessions where you go to different rooms to listen to a group of players talk about hockey and share stories (i.e Toews discussing leadership and what it's like to be a captain). There is no inside information revealed though and everyone is drinking the kool-aid.
3) I've seen the YouTube versions of these that people taped and even the Q&A afterwards and I didn't think anything was that revealing. No one asks a tough question and most of the 'questions' are really just fans telling the players how much they love them and the team. Yawn. You can also see how everyone in the audience clings to every word these players say like it's gospel - it's amazing how much power fame really has. Fans love hearing about practical jokes the players do to each other on the road and what kind of music they like, their favorite food, etc. I could care less. Just put the puck in the opposing net and keep the puck out of our own net and I'm happy. I could care less about the players' personal lives.
Hence these conventions are not for me.