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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 / 11:56 AM
By Leah Pascarella - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Nick Schmaltz (left) and Ville Pokka. (Photos courtesy North Dakota Athletics and Rockford IceHogs)

ESPN’s Corey Pronman recently ranked the top 50 NHL prospects (ESPN Insiders access), and two players in the Blackhawks system found their way onto the list. Rockford IceHogs defenseman Ville Pokka was ranked No. 24, while 2014 first-round draft pick Nick Schmaltz came in at No. 40.

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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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POSTED ON Tuesday, 01.06.2015 / 11:52 AM
By Harvey Wittenberg - Web Contributor / The Blackhawks Blog
The Blackhawks honored the memory of Clint Reif, an integral part of the dressing room, after his passing on Dec. 21.

While Blackhawks stars such as Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith tend to draw the attention and cheers from the fans, the hard work and effort put in behind the scenes came into focus recently, as the tragic passing of Assistant Equipment Manager Clint Reif deeply impacted the Blackhawks family.

Game in and game out, behind the bench and in the locker room, these staff members don't receive the same amount of praise—except from the players and coaching staff who appreciate their work.

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POSTED ON Monday, 01.05.2015 / 2:06 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 IceHogs (AHL)
The Line: 3GP, 1G, 2A

McNeill has rounded back into top form after returning from a lower-body injury, and he helped the IceHogs win two out of three outings last week. McNeill posted the game-winning goal and an assist in Rockford’s 3-0 win over Chicago on Sunday after picking up a helper on the team’s only goal in a 2-1 loss to Hamilton last Tuesday. With Teuvo Teravainen recalled to Chicago, McNeill now ranks second among active roster players with 22 points (11G, 11A) in 23 games this season.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 01.03.2015 / 2:26 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Robin Norell (left) will play in Sweden's semifinal game on Monday, while John Hayden and three other Blackhawks prospects are out after a quarterfinal loss to Russia. (Getty Images)

The 2015 U20 World Championship is over for four Blackhawks prospects after Team USA was defeated by Russia in the quarterfinal round for the second straight year on Friday afternoon in Montreal. The 3-2 loss meant elimination for 2013 picks John Hayden, Tyler Motte and Anthony Louis, in addition to 2014 first-rounder Nick Schmaltz; all four players will now return to their college teams.

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POSTED ON Monday, 12.29.2014 / 2:32 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Team USA, featuring four Blackhawks prospects, has gotten off to a good start at the 2015 World Juniors tournament, winning its first two group stage games. (Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The annual IIHF U20 World Championship tournament is the hockey world’s favorite holiday tradition, offering fans the chance to watch the most exciting junior-age players compete head to head as well as a glimpse of the sport’s future stars. Last year, Blackhawks fans were treated to an incredible performance by 2012 first-round pick Teuvo Teravainen, who captained Finland to its first gold medal since 1998 and led all players with 15 points (2G, 13A) in seven games.

This year, Chicago is again well-represented at World Juniors, with defenseman Robin Norell suiting up for Sweden a second time and four forwards—plus Head Coach Mark Osiecki, normally the associate coach in Rockford—hoping to help Team USA reach the pinnacle. Through the first two games of the tournament, here’s how each prospect has fared.


D Robin Norell, Sweden

Norell was reunited with last year’s defensive partner, Robert Hagg (Philadelphia’s first-round selection in 2013), to form a veteran duo for Sweden in their tournament opener, a 5-2 win over the Czech Republic. He then moved to a pairing with Gustav Forsling (VAN, 2014) in Saturday’s 5-1 win over Denmark. The shutdown blueliner has been held without a point in two games, in addition to collecting one shot on goal and one minor penalty.

Sweden plays Russia in a battle of Group B heavyweights this afternoon at 4 p.m. CT. NHL Network will offer live coverage at the conclusion of the USA-Slovakia match.

C Nick Schmaltz, USA

Schmaltz has been a noticeable presence on Team USA’s second line alongside 2015 draft-eligible Auston Matthews. Chicago’s 2014 first-round selection ranked third on the team with four shots on goal in a 2-1 shootout win over Finland on Friday, then assisted on Matthews’ game-winner in a 6-0 win against Germany on Sunday.

C Tyler Motte, USA

Motte has played primarily a checking role on a line with Hudson Fasching (LAK, 2013) and University of Michigan teammate Dylan Larkin (DET, 2014), and that line broke out in a big way on Sunday, combining for six points and 15 shots on goal against Germany. Motte collected an assist and now has six shots on goal through two games; he is expected to start on USA’s top line this afternoon against Slovakia, playing with captain Jack Eichel and Alex Tuch.

C Anthony Louis, USA

Louis has seen plenty of action in Team USA’s first two games, rotating on a line with fellow Blackhawks prospect John Hayden, Northbrook native J.T. Compher (BUF, 2013) and Miles Wood (NJD, 2013), and seeing occasional power play time. Louis has no points and four shots on goal through two games.

C John Hayden, USA

A Team USA alternate captain, Hayden has been held without a point, with four shots on goal in two games so far.

The Americans will take on Slovakia today at 3 p.m. CT, as they try to overtake with Group A leaders Canada. Viewers can find the game on NHL Network or stream it live on NHL.com. Preview below:

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POSTED ON Monday, 12.15.2014 / 2:01 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
(Photo courtesy Rockford IceHogs)

1st Star: C Joakim Nordstrom, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
The Line
: 3GP, 3G, 2A

The return of the captain from Chicago was a welcome sight for the IceHogs, who went 2-1-0-0 in three games this week. Nordstrom picked up an assist in a 4-2 loss at Lake Erie on Friday, then netted his first professional hat trick on Saturday, adding a helper for a career-high four points as Rockford posted a 5-2 win over the Monsters. The IceHogs continue to lead AHL teams with four hat tricks this season (Nordstrom, McNeill, Ross twice), and Nordstrom ranks third on the team with eight goals and eighth with 13 points in 17 games.

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POSTED ON Monday, 12.08.2014 / 2:32 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
(Photo courtesy Rockford IceHogs)

1st Star: LW Garret Ross, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
The Line: 3GP, 4G

Ross netted his second hat trick of the season in Rockford’s 4-3 overtime loss to Lake Erie on Dec. 7. The 2012 fourth-round pick also scored in a 4-0 win at Milwaukee on Thursday; with his four tallies last week, he now leads Rockford with 10 goals and ranks second with 17 points in 25 games. Ross is the only player in the AHL with more than one hat trick this season, and Rockford leads the league with three hat tricks so far in 2014-15 (Mark McNeill has the other one).

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.25.2014 / 3:45 PM
By Leah Pascarella - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Daniel Carcillo with his new baby boy.

The Blackhawks welcomed another baby into the family yesterday when forward Daniel Carcillo and his fiancée, Ela, had their baby boy: Austin Wolf Carcillo. He is the couple’s first child and was born weighing 8 pounds, 9 ounces. Although Austin is tiny now, it won’t be long before he wears his very own No. 13 jersey as he cheers on his dad!

Congratulations Daniel and Ela!

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