Most days, the Chicago Blackhawks locker room is crawling with
reporters looking for a quote. This day, it's crawling with . . .
well . . . crawlers. And walkers. And a few
And while all eyes are on famous names like "Hossa,"
"Keith" and "Seabrook," these hockey sweaters are much smaller
versions than what we typically see on the United Center ice. After
all, these jerseys are designed for the hockey players' tinier
That's right: the Blackhawks are having a baby boom. In
the last two and a half years, the team has added eight mini-Hawks
to its ranks, with two players-to-be-named-later on their
"Everyone's been joking that they're the lockout babies,"
says Abby Sharp, wife of left wing Patrick Sharp. "We've actually
had to convert part of the family room into a kids' play area. It's
so much fun."
We wanted to find out what life is like for these new
Blackhawks families, so we sat down with seven Blackhawks wives to
talk about parenting while the team's on the road, raising kids in
Chicago, and whether the hockey-playing dads are
really tough enough for diaper duty.
--Story by Elizabeth Diffin. Photos by Liz