Throughout November, Bryan Bickell, Brandon Bollig, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad are participating in the "Movember" initiative, growing mustaches and taking donations to support men's health initiatives. To donate to their cause, click here.
Each week, the Blackhawks Blog will track their progress and provide some analysis on how each player's 'stache is coming along.
1st Star: C Teuvo Teravainen, Jokerit (FIN)
The Line: 2GP, 1G, 2A, +2 plus/minus rating
Teravainen contributed points in both of his appearances last week, as Jokerit extended their win streak to six games. The 2012 first-round pick netted the game-winning goal and added an assist on Oct. 29 in a 4-1 win over HIFK, then collected a helper on Saturday against Lynx. Teravainen currently ranks third on the team with 11 points (3G, 8A) in 15 tilts.
|Margaret and Coach Q pose with an inflatable Stanley Cup on Halloween. (Photo courtesy of Mark Kaufman)|
On Thursday night, head coach Joel Quenneville was visited by a trick-or-treater in a special costume: a mini Coach Q!
Margaret from Hinsdale, Ill., donned a special suit, tie and mustache for her portrayal of Coach Q on Halloween.
|Cover artwork courtesy of Michigan Avenue Magazine.|
Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp grace the cover of Michigan Avenue Magazine's November issue, which hits newsstands soon. In the feature, the forwards discuss their paths to the National Hockey League, childhood heroes, their brotherly relationship and more.
|(Photo by Greg Hamil)|
1st Star: G Antti Raanta, Rockford (AHL)
The Line: 3GS, 3-0-0-0
Raanta improved to 5-1-0-0 in his first American Hockey League campaign by winning all three of his starts last week. The Finland native made a combined 97 saves on 102 shots for a .951 save percentage, helping Rockford jump to first place in the Western Division. Raanta’s most impressive outing came on Sunday, when he saved 46 of 48 shots against the Texas Stars in a 4-2 win, including all 19 faced in the third period.
|(Photo courtesy Rockford IceHogs)|
1st Star: LW Jeremy Morin, Rockford (AHL)
The Line: 2GP, 2G, 2A
Morin paced the IceHogs with four points last weekend, tallying a goal and an assist in two consecutive games. Morin also tallied a shootout goal in Rockford’s 5-4 shootout victory over Grand Rapids on Saturday night. He ranks second on the team with seven points (3G, 4A) in his first six games—sharing 10th in the league—and paces the American Hockey League with 29 shots on goal.
|Photos courtesy of the Winnipeg Jets.|
Michael Frolik got a special delivery from Vice President of Hockey Operations Al MacIsaac on Tuesday. MacIsaac presented Frolik's Stanley Cup championship ring to the forward in Winnipeg.
The Blackhawks' 3-2 shootout win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, Oct. 15, marked the franchise's 2,500th regular-season victory in the National Hockey League, coming nearly 87 years after their first-ever win on Nov. 17, 1926, a 4-1 decision against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Chicago Coliseum. Since that inaugural season, the Blackhawks have played 5,948 games and faced 45 opponents, including eight defunct franchises. Below, the Blackhawks Blog takes a look at the making of 2,500 wins:
Click the image to view full-size graphic (JPG)
|Photos courtesy of the Sharp family.|
The Blackhawks Blog presents to you... Baby Sharp No. 2!
Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp and his wife Abby welcomed their second child, daughter Sadie Ellen on Sunday, October 13.
|(Photo by Bill Smith)|
1st Star: C Drew LeBlanc, Rockford (AHL)
The Line: 2GP, 2G, 1A
LeBlanc, the 2013 Hobey Baker Award winner, tallied his first professional points over the weekend, staging a two-goal outing on Friday in Lake Erie, including the game-winner. The next night, he added his first assist as an IceHog. LeBlanc signed as a free agent out of St. Cloud State in the former WCHA.