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 eat-sleep-and-cry-ers.
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 counterparts-their kids.
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 way.
"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 DeCarlo.