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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.
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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:
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|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.
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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.
Over the past few days, Vice President of Hockey Operations Al MacIsaac traveled to Philadelphia and Nashville to hand deliver 2013 Stanley Cup rings to three members of the championship team.
First, MacIsaac visited netminder Ray Emery at Flyers headquarters in Philadelphia.
1st Star: RW Ryan Hartman, Plymouth (OHL)
The Line: 3GP, 4G, 2A
Chicago’s 2013 first-round pick surged for six points in three games for the Plymouth Whalers last week, including a three-point night against Saginaw (2G, 1A) on Oct. 5. Hartman currently ranks first on the team and shares 17th in the Ontario Hockey League with nine points (6G, 3A) in his first seven games.
Every NHL coach will agree that getting a season off to a fast start will go a long way in determining success. Certainly there is no better example than the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, who set a league record last season by picking points in their first 24 contests with a 21-0-3 mark.
The Chicago Blackhawks presented players and executives with the 2013 Stanley Cup championship rings on Sunday evening at a lavish reception downtown JW Marriott hotel. This year's version presents a slightly more squarish shape, with tapered rubies drawing attention to the diamond-filled Indianhead logo at the center of the design. Here's how the two most recent championship rings compare: