The Chicago Blackhawks added a hard-nosed blueliner to the organization on Sunday, agreeing to terms with defenseman Sheldon Brookbank on a two-year deal on the first day of free agency. As a warm--actually more of an extremely hot--Chicago welcome, the Blackhawks Blog brings you The Friday Five: Brookbank Edition. Here are five fun facts about the Blackhawks' newest defenseman.
1. In 2007 Brookbank won the Eddie Shore Trophy as the AHL’s Outstanding Defenseman.
The blueliner took home the top defensive award the same year he was named to the AHL’s All-Star team, leading all AHL defensemen in scoring and setting career highs in goals (15), assists (38), points (53) and appearances (78). Brookbank played in the league’s All-Star Classic where he collected two points (G, A). 2.
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Last week, the Blackhawks added a new Finnish forward to the system with the 18th pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. As a friendly welcome to our new Blackhawk, the Blackhawks Blog gives you The Friday Five: The Teuvo Teräväinen edition.
Teräväinen is a few months shy of his 18th birthday, but spent the entire 2011-12 season with Helsinki's Jokerit of the top professional league in Finland. Take a look back at some of his impressive goals with the club.
1. August 28, 2011 – Teräväinen nets his first goal for Jokerit off a nice pass from teammate Jani Rita. It was Jokerit’s second goal of the night. The Helsinki squad would go on to win the game 3-0, capturing the European Trophy (Europe’s most prestigious hockey pre-season tournament).
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Each week, the Blackhawks Blog will give you five stats you need to know about the Blackhawks this season. This week, we take a look at the first-round draft picks selected by the Blackhawks in the last five NHL Entry Drafts.
1. 2011: Mark McNeill (18th overall)
The Blackhawks’ first selection in last year’s NHL Entry Draft in Minneapolis, Minn. ranked second on the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders with 40 assists and third with 71 points (31G, 40A) in 67 regular-season games this season in the 2011-12 campaign.
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With their second-to-last pick of the 1983 NHL Entry Draft in Montreal, the Chicago Blackhawks selected goaltender named Dominik Hasek 207th overall. This 10th-rounder would go on to win six Vezina Trophies and two Hart trophies in Buffalo, and a Stanley Cup with Detroit.
In the history of the draft, the Blackhawks have found their share of gems, players that were selected in the later rounds but would go on to make substantial impacts on the team. Here's a look at the biggest steals in Blackhawks draft history.
1. Steve Larmer—selected in the sixth round (120th overall) in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft in Montreal.
Steve Larmer snuck under the radar in 1980 when he was selected in the sixth round, but now ranks in the Blackhawks' top-five in points (923), goals (406) and assists (517). He won the Calder Memorial Trophy for Rookie of the Year in 1983. Larmer played in 891 games in 12 seasons with the Blackhawks, placing him at No. 7 on the franchise leaderboard for games played in a Blackhawks sweater.Read the full post >>
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On June 6, one of the Blackhawks' defensemen added blew out one more candle on his birthday cake. That's right, Blackhawks blueliner Niklas Hjalmarsson turned 25 on Wednesday.
As a celebration of the Swedish import's special day, we bring you The Friday Five: Niklas Hjalmarsson Edition. Swedish meatballs for all!