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Any Blackhawks fan will tell you just how distinctive the team's logo is, and the rich, long history of Chicago hockey that it represents. Now, The Hockey News' "Post-to-Post" blog has honored the symbol again, rating it the top logo in the NHL.
"We didn’t want history to influence our decisions. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens sit outside the top 10 for that reason. Ranking all the Original Six 1-6 is boring, predictable and doesn’t accomplish what we wanted to do here: reward the best logos, not the longest history," writes THN's Rory Boylen. "Even still, the Chicago Blackhawks stood up to that measurement. The vibrant color combination and the respectful way it honors a WWI battalion and a Native American chief sets this logo apart from the rest. If we handed out the Three Stars of these logo rankings, the Blackhawks logo would be one, two and three."
After challenges came from both within and outside the Blackhawks organization, several other members of the team, as well as front office executives and alumni joined in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Among the new participants were forwards Ben Smith and Kris Versteeg, alumni Troy Murray and Jack O'Callahan, as well as Executive V.P. Jay Blunk, V.P. of Hockey Operations Al MacIsaac and Director of Hockey Admin. / GM of Minor League Affiliations Mark Bernard. Check out all of their videos below.
Click here to see Patrick Kane, Andrew Shaw, Brandon Saad and Joel Quenneville's videos. For John McDonough and Dr. Michael Terry's videos, click here.
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Blackhawks President and CEO John McDonough answered Head Coach Joel Quenneville's call to do the "Ice Bucket Challenge," in support of ALS awareness. With an assist from Brandon Saad -- himself a veteran of the challenge -- McDonough completed the challenge Tuesday, challenging other executives from around Chicago sports.
It may be the dog days of summer, but the Blackhawks are feeling very chilly after several members of the team took the "Ice Bucket Challenge" to raise awareness for ALS. The challenge asks celebrities, athletes and social media influencers to film themselves being doused with icy water, post it to social media and ask their friends to do the same. Those who refuse are asked to donate money to help fight ALS.
The 2014 Blackhawks Convention is always a chance for the players, coaches and alumni to interact and share a weekend with their fans. But captain Jonathan Toews took that interaction to a new level during the opening ceremonies when he invited all fans in attendance to join him in a "selfie." The captain took the photo on stage, and it was later posted on @NHLBlackhawks.
|(L-R): John Hayden, Tyler Motte and Anthony Louis will take part in the U.S. Junior Team Evaluation Camp (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean).|
Three Blackhawks prospects will be among 42 players joining the 2014 U.S. Junior Team Evaluation Camp this summer, auditioning for roster spots on the country's World Junior Championship Team. 2013 draft picks Anthony Louis, Tyler Motte and John Hayden will compete with the United States' best under-20 players for the right to compete at the IIHF's annual event, which will take place in Toronto and Montreal this December.
Scotty and Stan Bowman share a father-son skate at the Montreal Forum, during Scotty's head coaching tenure with the Montreal Canadiens in the mid-1970s.
|Kris Versteeg has been curating the warmup music during the playoffs (Photo by Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images).|
If you think that the United Center's musical selection during the players' pregame warmup has taken on a little different flavor lately, your ears are not deceiving you. Throughout the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the music that plays when the Blackhawks and their opponent take the ice has been selected by honorary DJ Kris Versteeg, pulled from his personal playlist.
The Blackhawks Blog caught up with "DJ Steeger" at practice to discuss how he chooses the best pump-up tunes, his teammates' reaction and more.
It's gold again for Canada. The Canadian squad won its second straight gold medal in Olympic men's hockey, defeating Sweden, 3-0, on Sunday in Sochi, Russia. In total, six Blackhawks will return to the NHL with medals: Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Patrick Sharp with gold, and Marcus Kruger, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya with silver. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
On Friday, Patrick Sharp celebrated his 32nd birthday in style as he tallied a hat trick against the Colorado Avalanche during the Blackhawks' 7-2 win. Sharp became the only Blackhawk to ever record a hat trick on his birthday, and the first since Pavol Demitra in 2002.