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1st Star: C Anthony Louis, Miami University of Ohio (NCHC)
The Line: 2GP, 3G
In an underdog surprise, the eight-seeded Miami RedHawks eliminated North Dakota with a 3-0 win to reach the first-ever NCHC title game, then put up a good fight against Denver before losing 4-3 in the tournament final. Louis tallied in Friday’s 3-0 blanking over UND, then netted two more goals the next night in a losing effort. The Winfield, Ill., native ended his freshman campaign with 25 points (12G, 13A) in 36 games, ranking fifth on the team.
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1st Star: D Stephen Johns, Notre Dame (H-EAST)
The Line: 3GP, 3G, 1A
Johns’ offensive explosion paced Notre Dame’s upset of top-seeded Boston College in the quarterfinals of the Hockey East tournament, as the Irish emerged victorious from the three-game set in Boston last weekend. The 2010 second-round pick posted a season high with two goals and an assist in a 7-2 win in Game 1 on Friday, then opened the scoring for Notre Dame in Sunday’s 4-2 victory that clinched a spot in the tournament final.
Even if you're a die-hard Blackhawks fan, it's okay to wear green once a year: St. Patrick's Day! In preparation for the holiday, the Blackhawks Blog created some e-cards that will sham-rock your world!
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1st Star: C/RW Ryan Hartman, Plymouth (OHL)
The Line: 3GP, 2G, 1A
The Whalers clinched the eighth seed in the Ontario Hockey League’s Western Conference after winning two of three games last week. Hartman tallied in both wins and added an assist on March 9 against Saginaw. The 2013 first-round draft pick paces the team with 26 assists and shares the team lead with 51 points, despite playing just 50 games this season.
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1st Star: C/RW Ryan Hartman, Plymouth (OHL)
The Line: 3GP, 1G, 4A, +3 plus/minus rating
Chicago’s 2013 first-round pick collected points in each of his three games last week to help the Whalers win two of their outings. Hartman picked up helpers on the opening goal as well as the game-winning tally in a 4-2 win over Kitchener on Tuesday. He assisted on Plymouth’s only goal in a 2-1 shootout loss to Barrie on Friday, then posted the game-winning goal and an assist the next night in a 5-0 win over Windsor. Hartman leads the Whalers with 25 assists and ranks second with 48 points in just 47 games this season.
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1st Star: C Brandon Pirri, Rockford (AHL)
The Line: 2GP, 2G, 1A
Pirri extended his point streak to six games and goal streak to three contests with two goals and an assist for the IceHogs over the weekend. The 2009 draft pick opened the scoring in Friday’s 2-1 win over the Chicago Wolves before assisting on the game-winning goal by Garret Ross; the next night, Pirri netted the game-winner in a 4-1 win over Milwaukee. Pirri was named the MVP of the AHL All-Star Game on Feb. 13 after posting three points (2G, 1A) in the combined league roster’s 7-2 win over Sweden’s Farjestad BK.
When Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville registered his 693rd NHL win on Jan. 29 against Vancouver, he moved up to third on the NHL's list of winningest coaches.
In the top six throughout NHL history, five have Chicago connections:
Atop the list is Scotty Bowman, who in 30 seasons saw his teams emerge victorious 1,244 times in regular-season play, in a career capped off with nine Stanley Cups. Scotty coached five different teams and celebrated the Cup five times with Montreal, three with Detroit and once with Pittsburgh. Now with the Blackhawks as a Senior Advisor, you can add two more rings to that haul—plus his son, Stan, is the current GM.
Al Arbour ranks second on the NHL coaching wins list with 782 victories, 740 of which came with the New York Islanders, as he won four straight Stanley Cups (1979-83). Arbour, a defenseman and the only NHL player I know that ever wore glasses, played for the Blackhawks for three seasons, including the 1961 Cup-winning campaign.
As of the Olympic break, Coach Q has registered 695 wins with the Blackhawks, Colorado and St. Louis; he has two Cup titles here, and he was an assistant for the 1996 Colorado title team. Also, Quenneville ranks second in franchise history with 257 victories behind the Blackhawks bench, trailing Billy Reay, who had 516.
To reach third place, Coach Q passed up Hall-of-Famer Dick Irvin, Sr., who had 692 wins and four Stanley Cups—three with Montreal and one in Toronto. Irvin was named the first-ever Blackhawks captain in 1926 and served for three seasons before moving behind the Chicago bench for two years. However, Irvin clashed with GM Bill Tobin five games into the 1931 season and was fired. Irvin was hired shortly after by Toronto and led the Maple Leafs to the 1932 Stanley Cup. The organization brought Irvin back as Chicago's coach for the 1955-56 campaign, but he was in failing health.
The controversial Mike Keenan ranks sixth among the NHL's winningest coaches with 672 victories and one cup with the Rangers. "Iron Mike" is fifth on the Blackhawks coaching list, accruing 153 wins in four campaigns (1988-92) and serving one year as GM.
The only non-Hawks connection in the top six is Pat Quinn, with 684 triumphs in 21 years with five different teams.
While Quenneville is in his 17th season as a coach and his sixth in Chicago, he says he really doesn't keep track of the numbers, but is more interested in bringing home another Stanley Cup to the Blackhawk fans!
With Valentine’s Day this Friday, it’s important to tell the people in your life how much you care about them. If you’re having trouble coming up with the right words to say, then you’re in luck—the Blackhawks Blog has sweet messages for every special Blackhawks fan in your life! Click here for Part 1.
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1st Star: LW Jeremy Morin, Rockford (AHL)
The Line: 3GP, 4G, 2A, +4 plus/minus, first career hat trick
Rockford stretched their victorious streak to a season-long four games with three wins last week, and Morin led the way offensively with his first career hat trick and an assist on Feb. 8 in a 8-3 rout of the Iowa Wild. He added another goal the next night in a 5-4 overtime win against Utica and now leads the team with 15 tallies in just 35 games this season. Morin’s 71 career AHL goals also constitute a franchise record, passing Preston Mizzi’s 69, set during Rockford’s UHL days.
With Valentine’s Day this Friday, it’s important to tell the people in your life how much you care about them. If you’re having trouble coming up with the right words to say, then you’re in luck—the Blackhawks Blog has sweet messages for every special Blackhawks fan in your life. Check back later for Part 2!