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POSTED ON Monday, 10.27.2014 / 2:31 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: RW Mark McNeill, Rockford (AHL)
The Line: 3GP, 2G, 2A

McNeill contributed points in each of Rockford’s three games last week, helping the IceHogs rise a few places in the division and conference standings. The 2011 first-round pick netted his first goal of the season, a shorthanded tally, in a 3-2 loss at Rochester on Oct. 22, collected a pair of helpers on Oct. 25 in a 4-3 victory over the rival Chicago Wolves (including one on the game-winner), then scored an empty-net goal to seal a 5-2 victory over Lake Erie on Oct. 26. McNeill shares the team lead with five points (2G, 3A) in seven games.

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POSTED ON Monday, 10.20.2014 / 1:08 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: C Peter Regin, Rockford (AHL)
The Line: 3GP, 2G, 2A

Regin keyed the Rockford IceHogs offensively as they went 2-0-0-1 on the road last week, compiling two goals and two assists. He recorded three points (1G, 2A) on Thursday in a 3-1 victory over Adirondack, including a helper on the game-winning goal and an empty-net tally; on Saturday, Regin netted the overtime game-winner in a 2-1 win at Hamilton. His four points currently lead Rockford.

(Photo courtesy Rockford IceHogs)

2nd Star: G Scott Darling, Rockford (AHL)
The Line: 2-0-0, 45 saves on 48 shots

Darling saw his first action of the AHL season last week, winning both of his starts while compiling a 1.43 goals-against average and .948 save percentage. On Oct. 16, the 2014 free-agent signing stopped 21 of 23 shots at Adirondack, and two days later he saved 34 of 35 attempts in Rockford’s win over Hamilton.

(Photo courtesy MJB Images)

3rd Star: LW Fredrik Olofsson, Chicago (USHL)
The Line: 2GP, 5G, 1A

Olofsson, the Blackhawks’ 2014 fourth-round selection, had a breakout weekend for the Chicago Steel, collecting six points in two games. He notched a natural hat trick in a 4-3 win on Friday vs. Bloomington, including the game-winner, then tacked on a pair of goals and an assist the next night at Muskegon in a 4-3 win. Olofsson leads Chicago with seven goals and ranks second with nine points in seven games this season.

Honorable mentions: D Michael Paliotta, University of Vermont (H-EAST); G Ivan Nalimov, Admiral Vladivostok (KHL)

Paliotta continued to pace the Catamounts in a pair of wins over the weekend, notching an assist on Friday in a 2-1 win over Clarkson and notching two points (1G, 1A) in Saturday’s follow-up, a 3-0 win at Clarkson. The Vermont captain has points in all three outings so far this season and leads the team with seven points (2G, 5A).

Goaltender Ivan Nalimov, a sixth-round selection in 2014, made 26 saves in a 1-0 shootout loss at HC Sochi on Sunday to record his first career KHL shutout. Nalimov also stopped 27 saves on 28 shots in a relief appearance last Monday; he has a .981 save percentage over his last two appearances.

Around the system:

  • Defenseman Carl Dahlstrom played two games for Linkoping last week in the Swedish Hockey League and netted his first goal in a 4-2 loss to Djurgardens on Saturday... Anders Nilsson made 34 saves on 35 shots in his only start for AZ Bars Kazan last week, a 2-1 shootout loss to Metallurg on Friday. The 24-year-old netminders improved his GAA to 1.66 and his SV% to .940 in 11 games this season.

  • Miami forward Anthony Louis collected a pair of helpers in a 5-1 win over Ohio State on Friday and combined for six shots on goal over the weekend; the sophomore now has four assists in as many games... Freshman forward Nick Schmaltz posted three helpers for the University of North Dakota as they won a pair of weekend games at Colorado College by a combined score of 10-3. The 2014 first-round pick shares third on North Dakota with four points (1G, 3A) in four games.

  • Rockford received offensive contributions from a number of players as the team won their first two games of the season. Defenseman Klas Dahlbeck logged a goal and an assist in three games, including the game-winner in Thursday’s 4-2 victory at Adirondack... Fellow defensemen Viktor Svedberg and T.J. Brennan also scored in the game, both players tallying their first of the season... Joakim Nordstrom opened his scoring account on Saturday, notching Rockford’s only goal in regulation in a 2-1 OT win at Hamilton.

  • Goaltender Michael Leighton stopped all 28 shots he faced on Sunday at Toronto, but couldn’t shut the Marlies down in the shootout as the IceHogs dropped a 1-0 decision. The 33-year-old improved his numbers with the result and now has a 1.43 GAA and .941 SV% in two outings.

  • The Indy Fuel, Chicago’s new ECHL affiliate, began their inaugural campaign with an 0-1-0-1 record in two games last week. Defenseman Mathieu Brisebois netted the franchise’s first-ever goal and added an assist in a 5-4 shootout loss to Fort Wayne on Friday... Former Blackhawks draft choice Justin Holl compiled a pair of assists for Indy on Saturday in a 4-3 loss at Fort Wayne.

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POSTED ON Monday, 10.13.2014 / 1:11 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 Rockford IceHogs)

1st Star: RW Ryan Hartman, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
The Line: 1GP, 2G

Hartman netted both goals in Rockford’s regular-season home opener, a 3-2 loss to Milwaukee on Oct. 11; he was named Second Star of the Game for his efforts. Hartman, the Blackhawks’ first-round pick in 2013, is entering his first full season in the American Hockey League after posting seven points (3G, 4A) in nine games with the IceHogs at the end of the 2013-14 campaign.

(Photo courtesy University of Vermont Athletics)

2nd Star: D Michael Paliotta, University of Vermont (H-EAST)
The Line: 1GP, 1G, 3A, +3 plus/minus

Paliotta’s career-high four points (1G, 3A) keyed the Catamounts in their season-opening 6-2 victory over Northeastern on Oct. 11. Paliotta, who was named team captain in his senior campaign, opened the scoring for Vermont before adding helpers on the next two tallies. Chicago’s third-round pick in 2011 set career highs in all offensive categories last season, including goals (5), assists (22) and points.

(Brandon Anderson/Muskegon Lumberjacks)

3rd Star: RW Matt Iacopelli, Muskegon Lumberjackets (USHL)
The Line: 2GP, 3G

Iacopelli tallied three goals in Muskegon’s home-and-home series against Lincoln over the weekend. Chicago’s 2014 third-round selection scored the game-winner in a 3-2 win on Friday and added a pair the next night in a 4-3 loss, including his second power-play strike of the season. Iacopelli’s six goals lead the Lumberjacks, and he shares first in points.

Honorable mentions: G Anders Nilsson, AK Bars Kazan (KHL); C Anthony Louis, Miami of Ohio (NCHC)

Nilsson, a Swedish netminder acquired from the New York Islanders in the Nick Leddy trade earlier this month, made 19 saves in a 3-0 win for AK Bars Kazan in the KHL to log his sixth win and first shutout of the season. The result improved Nilsson’s goals-against average to 1.75 and his save percentage to .936 after 10 games this season.

Louis notched an assist in each of Miami’s two games against Bowling Green last weekend and added three shots on goal in the team’s 3-2 win on Sunday. Louis, a sixth-round draft selection in 2013, ranked fifth on Miami last season with 25 points (12G, 13A) as a freshman.

Around the system:

  • A pair of Swedish defensemen picked up points for their teams in the domestic league. Robin Norell, a fourth-round pick in 2013, collected an assist for Djurgardens in a 4-3 win over MODO on Oct. 9; he now has two points (2A) in 10 games this season… Blueliner Robin Press posted a pair of assists for Sodertalje in two Allsvenskan games last weekend. The 2013 seventh-round pick leads the team with 16 points (5G, 11A) in 12 games this season.
  • Right wing Jack Ramsey contributed a pair of assists for the BCHL’s Penticton Vees, who went 3-0 last week. Chicago’s seventh-round pick in 2014 has four points (1G, 3A) in nine games this season.
  • College hockey got underway over the weekend, with 11 Blackhawks prospects in action. Boston College winger Chris Calnan tallied his first goal of the season in a 5-2 loss at UMass-Lowell on Friday… Notre Dame forward Vinnie Hinostroza notched his first point of his sophomore campaign in 3-2 loss to RPI on Friday… Ohio State defenseman Sam Jardine posted a pair of helpers in a 5-4 overtime win over Providence on Oct. 10; teammate and fellow Blackhawks prospect Matt Tomkins made 27 saves on 29 shots in the Buckeyes’ 2-1 overtime loss to Providence the next night… Freshman defenseman Luc Snuggerud tallied a goal and added an assist for the University of Nebraska-Omaha in his collegiate regular-season debut, a 5-3 win over Minnesota State, on Friday.
  • No college team has more Blackhawks prospects on its roster this season than the University of North Dakota, which boasts three, including 2014 first-rounder Nick Schmaltz, who opened his collegiate goal ledger by scoring UND’s only goal in a 5-1 loss to Bemidji State on Friday. Sophomore forward Luke Johnson didn’t record a point in two outings, but totaled a team-best 10 shots on goal… Senior blueliner Nick Mattson logged two blocked shots in two games over the weekend.
  • Rockford opened their 2014-15 slate with a 3-2 loss at Milwaukee, with four players collecting their first assists of the season in the tilt: Zach Mikovic, Matt Carey, Phillip Danault and Teuvo Teravainen. Carey led the team with four shots on goal. The IceHogs will play three games this week, all on the road.
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POSTED ON Friday, 08.15.2014 / 10:20 AM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Remember this?

#CaptainSelfie was born on July 18, 2014, when Jonathan Toews took a photo of himself—and a few thousand Blackhawks fans in attendance—at the opening ceremonies of the Blackhawks Convention. But he wasn't the only one: Blackawks Magazine asked the rest of the team to follow the captain's lead and show off their selfie skills.

The results were predictably mixed, as you can see below in our preview. All of the "selfie"-portaits will be published as part of the 2014-15 season's Blackhawks Magazine player profiles, so be sure to pick up a copy at any Blackhawks home game or at the Blackhawks Store on Michigan Avenue.

Brad Richards, the newest addition to the team, got a rousing welcome from Blackhawks fans at the Convention. As he told Team Historian Bob Verdi: "I could tell right away that these people are passionate about hockey. I came in a couple nights before the Convention, went to dinner, and already fans are recognizing me." So the smile on this selfie is no surprise:


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POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.14.2014 / 5:51 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

After dispatching the Minnesota Wild in six games, the Blackhawks will move on to the Western Conference Final (for the fourth time in six playoff runs dating back to 2009), where their opponent will be either the Anaheim Ducks or the Los Angeles Kings. But first, the Blackhawks Blog takes one last look at the second-round series that just concluded, from the heavy minute-eaters to the men behind the masks—and last, but certainly not least, the history-making overtime heroics of Patrick "Showtime!" Kane.

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POSTED ON Monday, 05.12.2014 / 3:22 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

The Blackhawks continued their home dominance in the 2014 playoffs by recording a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild in Game 5 of their second-round matchup. With Brandon Bollig (suspension) and Andrew Shaw (injury) out, Peter Regin made a successful Blackhawks postseason debut, earning Third Star of the Game honors as well as the Championship belt; on the blue line, Michal Rozsival was rested, allowing Sheldon Brookbank to return to the lineup. And despite allowing the first goal of the game, Chicago worked their way back through a power-play goal by Bryan Bickell—the team's first since Game 1 of the series—and a great forechecking shift by the top line of Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp. Below, the Blackhawks Blog takes a look at four factors that led to success in Game 5.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.29.2014 / 5:57 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

One series down, three to go. The Blackhawks lost their first two games of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but took the next four from the St. Louis Blues to advance to the division finals against either Colorado or Minnesota. Chicago's triumph was driven by some big-game performances—among them a couple awards finalists in Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith—as well as a huge team effort on the defensive end. The Blackhawks Blog takes a look at how the numbers played out in this hotly contested First Round.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 04.16.2014 / 10:00 AM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

The beginning of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs signals the start of the Blackhawks' championship defense, and fans might remember the full array of beards during the 2013 title run—from scraggly, to sideburn-heavy, to healthy, flourishing bushes. This year, Bryan Bickell, Brandon Bollig, Nick Leddy, Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw and Ben Smith are participating in the Beard-A-Thon to raise money for Chicago Blackhawks Charities. Fans are also invited to grow one for the team, or pledge money in support of other beard-growers. As the team embarks on their long, hairy odyssey, they might look to historical figures and pop culture for inspiration:

Grizzly Bicks: As the Blackhawks' resident fisherman, Bryan Bickell is undoubtedly at one with mother nature. The untamed waves on top may not be his style, but growing a full-fledged Grizzly Adams beard shouldn't pose too much of a challenge for a weathered outdoorsman like Bicks.

Hossa the White: Much like Gandalf the White, Marian Hossa is no stranger to playing the hero, as he did against Nashville in the 2010 Stanley Cup run. And honestly, at times it seems like the combination of strength, power and hockey sense that Hossa showcases every game can be explained only by sorcery. What we're trying to say is, Marian Hossa is probably a wizard.

Rubeus Seabsgrid: Hogwarts' beloved gameskeeper in the Harry Potter series had a beard that could be intimidating or inviting, depending on the situation. Like Hagrid, Brent Seabrook is always there to lend help, and he's prone to showing up and making a huge impact at the most opportune times—for instance, in overtime of Game 7.

Captain Jack Serious: The captain has owned the mutton-chopped Wolverine look the last few years, so taking on a grubby pirate look may be a bit of a departure for Jonathan Toews. But what better way to shed his "Captain Serious" label than to take a page from Jack Sparrow, who isn't afraid to swashbuckle his way through life.

Brandon Bunyan: Brandon Bollig may have a natural beard-growing advantage over his teammates come playoff time, as he's an old hand at follicle maintenance. And what better beard guide for a blue-collar player than Paul Bunyan, legendary lumberjack of American folklore?

Uncle Smith: Speaking of American icons, all-American boy Ben Smith WANTS YOU! to join the Blackhawks in their march to the postseason.


Honest Nik: On the surface, there's nothing in common between Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, and Niklas Hjalmarsson, Swedish defenseman for the Blackhawks. But both found success on the back of hard work—Lincoln was a self-educated lawyer, Hjalmarsson a shot-blocking machine—and adopting this iconic beard would certainly be a statement in the Land of Lincoln.

King Leoneddy: The soft-spoken Nick Leddy won't be mistaken for a brash warrior like King Leonidas anytime soon. But his dark, full beard has the potential to live up to the legend of the man who led Sparta into fearless battle time and time again.

Michal Hand-Zeus: The 1981 version of Clash of the Titans hasn't aged well, but Laurence Olivier's performance as Zeus is timeless. As one of the Blackhawks' elder statesmen, Michal Handzus can set the tone with a dignified, well-trimmed beard like the one Olivier sported as the ultimate Greek god.

Shaw-li: With his aggressive, stubborn style of playing belying his small stature, Andrew Shaw belongs among the mightiest warriors of Middle Earth. Gimli's fiery braided beard is one of the most impressive out there, a worthy goal for a goal-oriented player like Shaw to strive for.

MacSaad: Brandon Saad proved last year that he could grow a beard as robust as anybody on the Blackhawks, but this year's unending winter might require a bit more head protection. Saad's opponents may not be the extraterrestrial kind that Kurt Russell battled in the 1981 cult film The Thing, but he might considering growing a similar head of hair to help stay warm.

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POSTED ON Monday, 04.14.2014 / 5:12 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
(Photo courtesy Texas Stars)

1st Star: D Adam Clendening, Rockford (AHL)
The Line: 4GP, 3A

On Thursday, Clendening was named to the American Hockey League's First All-Star Team, becoming the first player to earn an All-Star Team nod in each of his first two seasons since Dan Boyle in 1999 and 2000. Over the weekend, the 2011 second-round draft pick picked up three assists in two games for Rockford. Clendening continues to lead the IceHogs offensively, posting a career-high 59 points (12G, 47A) in 73 regular-season games so far this season.

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.11.2014 / 3:36 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
(Getty Images)

Minnesota defenseman Justin Holl hadn’t scored a goal all season, partly due to his role as a shutdown blueliner for the nation’s top-ranked team. And there he was in Thursday’s Frozen Four semifinal game, killing a penalty against North Dakota’s most dangerous players, with regulation time winding down in a 1-1 tie. After Minnesota center Kyle Rau (a 2011 draft pick by Florida) won a defensive-zone draw, the puck was cleared quickly, and the Golden Gophers headed up the ice on an odd-man rush with 6 seconds left in the third period. Holl passed to Rau, whose shot was blocked, the puck ricocheting off Holl’s skate to his stick. With less than a second left, Holl quickly launched a seeing-eye shot from just inside the left faceoff dot, which beat UND netminder Zane Gothberg (2010, BOS) at the far post.

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