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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.24.2015 / 11:40 AM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Stan Bowman's dedication to advanced stats and Joel Quenneville's ability to draw success out of his team: a winning combination for the Blackhawks.

ESPN The Magazine released their Analytics Issue this week, featuring a comprehensive ranking of 122 professional sports teams across the MLB, NBA, NHL and NFL on their use of analytics—assessing buy-in from executives and coaches, investment level and overall approach.

Hockey, as a whole, may be a bit behind baseball and basketball in the prevalence of analytics, but the Blackhawks certainly break the mold. They’re the only NHL organization to appear in the Overall Top 10, and the only club in the “All-In” category among hockey teams. While other clubs are certified “Believers” in the analytics movement, the Blackhawks were early adopters, hiring an analytics firm in 2009 shortly after Stan Bowman was promoted to General Manager.

It’s a winning strategy, especially combined with Head Coach Joel Quenneville’s experience behind the bench: Chicago has posted the highest SAT% among 30 teams since 2009-10, the season they broke a 49-year championship drought.

Bowman is quoted in the article as saying, "We're always trying to expand and add a new component each year that we do a little more with."

Considering the growing list of teams that have also bought into the statistical revolution, staying one step ahead of the pack could be crucial for the Blackhawks on their quest for more Stanley Cups.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.23.2015 / 4:11 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Each Monday, the Blackhawks Blog will highlight prospects who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college, or European teams in the previous week’s action. All prospect stats will be updated weekly throughout the 2014-15 season.

(Photo courtesy MJB Images)

1st Star: LW Fredrik Olofsson, Chicago Mission (USHL)
The Line: 3GP, 4G, 2A

Olofsson enjoyed a big week for the Chicago Mission, posting a goal in all three games and compiling six points total. The 2014 fourth-round pick established a season high four points with the game-winner and an empty-netter, as well as two assists, in a 5-3 win over Muskegon on Saturday. Olofsson leads Chicago with 22 goals and ranks second with 45 points in 41 games this season.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.16.2015 / 1:02 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Each Monday, the Blackhawks Blog will highlight prospects who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college, or European teams in the previous week’s action. All prospect stats will be updated weekly throughout the 2014-15 season.

(Photo courtesy Rockford IceHogs)

1st Star: D Ville Pokka, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
The Line: 3GP, 1G, 3A

Pokka extended his point streak to a career-long four games with contributions in all three Rockford games last week. The rookie defenseman picked up an assist on Friday at Milwaukee, posted a goal and a helper the next night against Oklahoma City, then finished off the weekend with his 16th assist of the season against San Antonio. Pokka ranks second among team defensemen and sixth overall with 23 games in 45 games this season.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.12.2015 / 12:54 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Searching for the right words to tell your special someone how much they mean to you this Valentine's Day? The Blackhawks Blog is here to help, with a variety of sweet messages featuring your favorite Blackhawks. Save your favorite image and send it to your Valentine, or download the full set and print them at home to hand out in class or at work.


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POSTED ON Monday, 02.09.2015 / 4:29 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Each Monday, the Blackhawks Blog will highlight prospects who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college, or European teams in the previous week’s action. All prospect stats will be updated weekly throughout the 2014-15 season.

(Richard Gagnon/Notre Dame Athletics)

1st Star: C Vincent Hinostroza, Notre Dame (H-EAST)
The Line: 2GP, 2G, 4A

Hinostroza extended his recent hot streak with six points in two games last weekend, as the Fighting Irish went 1-0-1 at Maine. The 2012 sixth-round pick notched three helpers in Friday’s 4-4 tie, including one on the game-tying goal in the last minute of regulation, then posted two goals and an assist the next night. Hinostroza’s seven-game point streak (3G, 11A) has propelled him to the top of Notre Dame’s scoring table; he now has six goals and a team-high 25 helpers in 30 games.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.02.2015 / 12:56 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Each Monday, the Blackhawks Blog will highlight prospects who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college, or European teams in the previous week’s action. All prospect stats will be updated weekly throughout the 2014-15 season.

(Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame Athletics)

1st Star: C Vincent Hinostroza, Notre Dame (H-EAST)
The Line: 2GP, 1G, 3A

Hinostroza extended his point streak to a season-long five games with a goal and three assists over the weekend, helping Notre Dame to a split against New Hampshire. The 2012 sixth-round pick had a goal and a helper on Friday in a 5-2 loss, then tacked on two more assists the next night in a 5-3 win, including one on the game-winner. Hinostroza moved into second in team scoring with four goals and a team-high 21 assists in 28 games this season.

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POSTED ON Monday, 01.26.2015 / 5:13 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Each Monday, the Blackhawks Blog will highlight prospects who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college, or European teams in the previous week’s action. All prospect stats will be updated weekly throughout the 2014-15 season.

(Photo courtesy Whiteshark Photography)

1st Star: G Mac Carruth, Indy Fuel (ECHL)
The Line: 3GP, 3-0-0, 26-save shutout

Carruth backstopped the Fuel to their best week of results in their inaugural season, winning all three of his starts and extending his win streak to five contests dating back to Jan. 16. The 2010 sixth-round pick posted his first shutout of the season with a 26-save effort at Gwinnett last Monday, then allowed just one goal in each of his other appearances, making a combined 74 saves on 76 shots. Carruth improved his record to 6-9-2-2, with a 2.69 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in 20 games this season.

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POSTED ON Monday, 01.19.2015 / 3:05 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
(Photo courtesy Rockford IceHogs)

1st Star: LW Garret Ross, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
The Line: 3GP, 1G, 2A

Ross moved into second in team scoring with three points in three games last week, picking up one point in each contest. He compiled an assist on Tuesday in a 3-2 shootout loss to Charlotte, scored a power-play goal on Friday in the IceHogs’ 4-0 blanking of the Iowa Wild and capped off the weekend with an assist in Rockford’s 3-2 win over Chicago on Saturday. Ross currently leads the team with 13 goals and a +20 plus/minus rating in 35 games.

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POSTED ON Friday, 01.16.2015 / 2:48 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / Through The Glass photo blog

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Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane showed off their All-Star Game jerseys after morning skate on Friday.(Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean)


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POSTED ON Monday, 01.12.2015 / 3:47 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Each Monday, the Blackhawks Blog will highlight prospects who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college, or European teams in the previous week’s action. All prospect stats will be updated weekly throughout the 2014-15 season.

(Photo courtesy University of Michigan Athletics)

1st Star: C Tyler Motte, University of Michigan (BIG10)
The Line: 2GP, 4A

Motte found plenty of chemistry with his Wolverines linemates in two big conference wins over the University of Minnesota last weekend. The 2013 fourth-round pick notched two helpers in Friday’s 4-3 overtime victory, then posted two more the next night in a 7-5 shootout. Motte now ranks third on the team with 13 assists and 18 points in 17 games during his sophomore campaign.

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