Wirtz, Esposito coming to Rockford for autograph signing

ROCKFORD – The Rockford IceHogs are inviting fans to a special book signing with Chicago Blackhawks chairman, Rocky Wirtz, and Hall of Fame goaltender, Tony Esposito, for the team’s home game on Friday, Feb. 1 against the Chicago Wolves (7 p.m.) at the BMO Harris Bank Center.

Wirtz and Esposito will be on-hand throughout the evening on Friday, Feb. 1 to promote the release of Wirtz’s book, “The Breakaway: The Inside Story of the Wirtz Family and the Chicago Blackhawks.” The book offers fans a behind-the-scenes look at how Wirtz helped establish the Blackhawks as one of the premier franchises in all of professional sports. “The Breakaway” also features a forward written by Esposito, who has 15 years of first-hand experience in the Blackhawks organization from his standout playing career.

Three meet-and-greet packages are available for the event, and quantities are limited:

VIP PACKAGE: $100

Package includes:
Lower-level ticket to IceHogs game on Feb. 1
One copy of “The Breakaway”
Limited-edition Blackhawks hat
Special-edition display case
Autograph from Wirtz and Esposito
VIP ticket holders can bring one guest to the autograph session
Additional tickets to the IceHogs game are available for just $10 with this deal
Autograph Session: VIP ticket holders receive early access into the BMO for autographs from 5:30 – 6 p.m.

Ordering Info: VIP packages must be pre-purchased prior to the game on Feb. 1. Packages can be ordered by calling (815) 847-6399, beginning Jan. 15 at 10 a.m.

SEASON TICKET HOLDER PACKAGE: $65
*This package is only available for current IceHogs season ticket holders*

Package includes:
One copy of “The Breakaway”
Limited-edition Blackhawks hat
Special-edition display case
Autograph from Wirtz and Esposito
Autograph Session: Season ticket holders will receive access to an exclusive autograph session from 6 – 6:30 p.m.

Ordering Info: Season ticket holders must pre-purchase this $65 package before Feb. 1 to attend the autograph session. Packages can be ordered by calling (815) 847-6399, beginning Jan. 15 at 10 a.m.

GENERAL PACKAGE: $65
Package includes:

One copy of “The Breakaway”
Limited-edition Blackhawks hat
Special-edition display case
Autograph from Wirtz and Esposito
Autograph Session: Wirtz and Esposito will be signing autographs for fans who purchase the general package from 6:30 p.m. through the conclusion of first intermission of the IceHogs game on Feb. 1.

Ordering Info: The general package can only be ordered in-person at the IceHogs game on Feb. 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Wirtz will only be signing copies of his book, while Esposito will autograph the limited-edition Blackhawks hat. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation.

Derek Bayne

Derek Bayne

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