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POSTED ON Friday, 06.15.2012 / 1:17 PM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


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.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 06.14.2012 / 9:58 AM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Every week, the Blackhawks Blog will feature fan tweets that reply to our official Twitter account @NHLBlackhawks mixed in with the tweets from some Blackhawks themselves! Send us your thoughts on the Blackhawks’ players, games and more, and you could be a contributor to our next “Tweet Sheet.”
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POSTED ON Friday, 06.08.2012 / 8:47 AM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


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!

1. Among the 230 players drafted in the 2005 NHL Draft, Niklas Hjalmarsson is one of only nine defenseman to have played in over 260 NHL games.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 06.07.2012 / 9:41 AM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Every week, the Blackhawks Blog will feature fan tweets that reply to our official Twitter account @NHLBlackhawks mixed in with the tweets from some Blackhawks themselves! Send us your thoughts on the Blackhawks’ players, games and more, and you could be a contributor to our next “Tweet Sheet.”
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POSTED ON Friday, 06.01.2012 / 1:00 AM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

With the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals underway, the Friday Five revisits the five most memorable moments in the Stanley Cup Finals in Blackhawks history.

1. Charlie Gardiner’s shutout over the Detroit Red Wings for the entire game and 30:05 of sudden-death overtime in the series-deciding Game 4 of the 1934 Stanley Cup Finals.

“Smiling Charlie” kept the Red Wings off the scoreboard through one and a half overtime periods. At the time, Gardiner was suffering from a chronic tonsil infection. He was the first goaltender to captain a Stanley Cup champion.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.31.2012 / 1:45 PM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Every week, the Blackhawks Blog will feature fan tweets that reply to our official Twitter account @NHLBlackhawks mixed in with the tweets from some Blackhawks themselves! Send us your thoughts on the Blackhawks’ players, games and more, and you could be a contributor to our next “Tweet Sheet.”
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POSTED ON Friday, 05.25.2012 / 1:37 PM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

2011 first-round draft pick Phillip Danault (Photo by Getty Images).

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 impressive accolades of the Blackhawks prospects in postseason play.


1. Alex Broadhurst registered an assist and a shorthanded empty-netter in a 5-2 win over the Waterloo Black Hawks to capture the United States Hockey League's Clark Cup.

Broadhurst finished the playoffs with a league-leading 18 points (9G, 9A). The Orland Park, Ill., native made history on April 24, 2012, recording the first shorthanded hat trick in USHL history. Broadhurst (drafted 199th overall in 2011) tallied his shorthanded trio for the Green Bay Gamblers against the Youngstown Phantoms in a 6-3 victory in the first round of the USHL playoffs.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.23.2012 / 11:00 AM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Every week, the Blackhawks Blog will feature fan tweets that reply to our official Twitter account @NHLBlackhawks mixed in with the tweets from some Blackhawks themselves! Send us your thoughts on the Blackhawks’ players, games and more, and you could be a contributor to our next “Tweet Sheet.”

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POSTED ON Friday, 05.18.2012 / 1:00 AM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Tony Amonte and Jeremy Roenick celebrate a goal against Germany in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

With the elimination round of the 2012 IIHF World Championship underway, the Friday Five revisits the most distinguished international résumés of some of the Blackhawks alumni.

1. In 14 games played in the 1988 and 1989 World Junior Championship, Jeremy Roenick posted 25 points (13G, 12A) for Team USA.

Roenick went on to capture a silver medal in the 1991 World Championship, where he registered 11 points (5G, 6A) in 9 games. The former Blackhawk added another silver medal to his collection in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, tallying 5 points (G, 4A) in six contests.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.17.2012 / 10:13 AM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

For the third straight year, Team Canada's IIHF World Championship tournament ended in the quarterfinal round after dropping the 4-3 decision to fourth-seeded Slovakia in Helsinki.

Patrick Sharp registered an assist in 16:20 of ice time in Team Canada’s last game of the tournament.

Canada started the game slowly, allowing goals from Tomas Kopecky and Miroslav Satan within the first ten minutes of play. Evander Kane was the first on the score sheet for Canada, scoring at 16:14.

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