POSTED ON Friday, 05.15.2015 / 2:16 PM CT
By Leah Pascarella - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

The Blackhawks have fans of all shapes, sizes and, shall we say, breeds! Here are a few of our favorite photos sent in of some furry fans cheering on the Blackhawks during the playoffs.

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POSTED ON Friday, 05.8.2015 / 2:06 PM CT
By Leah Pascarella - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Artemi Panarin skates with team Russia at the 2015 World Championships. (Getty Images)

Artemi Panarin has had quite a successful year. From helping SKA St. Petersburg claim the Gagarin Cup to making his first World Championship appearance for Russia, he’s playing better hockey than ever before.

Panarin ranked fourth in the Kontinental Hockey League this season with a team-high 62 points, scoring 26 goals in 54 regular-season games with SKA.

The Chicago Blackhawks signed the 23-year-old winger on May 1 and are excited to add Panarin to their lineup. Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman called his offensive skills "electrifying" and thinks Panarin will make an easy transition to Chicago.

“I think when you have a skill set like he does with his ability to shoot the puck, make plays in traffic and have a great release in his shot, those things translate to whatever league you are in,” Bowman said.

“He loves to score goals, and he’s at that age where he’s played several years in the KHL and he’s looking for the next challenge.”

Panarin is currently playing a key role on Russia’s most productive line at the IIHF World Championship, scoring two goals and adding four assists in the tournament so far. Click here to read more about Panarin’s path to the KHL, his impressive season and hopes for his career in the NHL.

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POSTED ON Monday, 04.27.2015 / 2:25 PM CT
By Leah Pascarella - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Norah Nemeth dressed in her Blackhawks gear to cheer on her favorite team.  (Photo courtesy of the Nemeth family)

During the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, fans have been sending in photos of their children cheering on the Blackhawks. Here are a few of our favorites!

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POSTED ON Monday, 04.20.2015 / 2:35 PM CT
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.

(Brandon Anderson/Muskegon Lumberjacks)

1st Star: RW Matheson Iacopelli, Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)
The Line: 3GP, 4G, 1A

Iacopelli, Chicago’s third-round draft pick in 2014, got off to a great start in the USHL playoffs, tallying four goals and one assist in Muskegon’s first three games against Youngstown, including the Game 1 overtime winner last Wednesday. Last season’s leading goal-scorer paces the league in playoff scoring so far and shares third in points. Iacopelli finished his second USHL season notched 37 points (23G, 14A) in 56 regular-season games with the Lumberjacks, who lead 2-1 in their first-round series, with Game 4 to be played on Monday evening.

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POSTED ON Monday, 04.13.2015 / 1:03 PM CT
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 Spencer Abbott, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
The Line: 3GP 4G 2A

Abbott’s hot streak continued last week to help Rockford push for home ice in the playoffs, compiling four goals and two assists in three appearances. The 26-year-old led the IceHogs to a 5-3 victory over Milwaukee on Tuesday with four points (2G, 2A) in the contest, then added goals in wins over Iowa and Charlotte last weekend. Abbott has 20 points in 16 games since joining Rockford in March and leads the team with 44 points (18G, 26A) overall this season.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.7.2015 / 10:59 AM CT
By Harvey Wittenberg - Web Contributor / The Blackhawks Blog

Dollard St. Laurent, one of the solid Blackhawks defensemen from the 1961 Stanley Cup championship-winning team, passed away on April 6, 2015, at the age of 85.

"Dolly," as he was called by his teamates, played on the 1961 championship after being a part of four Montreal Cup-winning squads. Wearing No. 19, Dolly played from 1958-62 in Chicago after General Manager Tommy Ivan got him in a trade with Montreal. He appeared in five All-Star Games, the last two in a Blackhawks uniform.

Considered a steady stay-at-home defender at the blue line, Dolly played alongside and in front of Hall of Famers Glenn Hall, Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and Pierre Pilote. His Blackhawks career included 269 regular-season games and 33 playoff contests.

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POSTED ON Monday, 04.6.2015 / 1:58 PM CT
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: 3GP, 3G, 3A

Hartman played a big part in helping the IceHogs secure a playoff spot for the first time since 2010, after picking up three goals and three assists in three outings last week. The 2013 first-round pick assisted on Rockford’s only goal in a 6-1 loss at Grand Rapids on Wednesday, then scored twice in a 6-2 win over the Griffins on Friday and posted three points (1G, 2A) in a 7-2 victory over Rochester on Saturday. Hartman extended his point streak to four games and now ranks sixth on the team with 32 points (13G, 19A) in 62 games this season.

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POSTED ON Monday, 03.30.2015 / 12:18 PM CT
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 Alex Broadhurst, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
The Line: 3GP, 2G, 1A

Broadhurst compiled a three-game point streak for Rockford last week, tallying twice — his first goals of the season — and adding an assist. The Orland Park, Ill., native missed four months with a fractured arm, but has picked up the pace upon his return as the IceHogs are on the verge of securing a berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2008 while challenging for the Midwest Division title.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.24.2015 / 12:50 PM CT
By Leah Pascarella - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

A little over a month ago, Toronto resident Robert Greenfield posted a time-lapse video of himself carving the Blackhawks logo into his backyard rink. The Blackhawks Blog caught up with him to learn how he created his impressive design and how he got started making rink art.

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POSTED ON Monday, 03.23.2015 / 2:06 PM CT
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 AK Bars Kazan)

1st Star: G Anders Nilsson, AK Bars Kazan (KHL)
The Line: 3GP, 3-0-0, 2 shutouts

Nilsson stretched his win streak to four games after going 3-0 in the second round of the playoffs last week; he also notched his second and third postseason shutouts, including a 21-save effort on his 25th birthday on March 19, and has allowed just one goal over his last three appearances. The Swedish native improved his record to 8-2 with a 1.32 goals-against average and .942 save percentage in the KHL playoffs, helping AK Bars Kazan advance to the Eastern Conference Final against Sibir.

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