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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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:
The Stanley Cup arrived back in Chicago this morning, freshly inscribed with the names of the 2012-13 champion Blackhawks. Beginning with captain Jonathan Toews, 25 players were stamped into the silver chalice by Montreal-based engraver Louise St. Jacques. The playing roster was preceded by the names of 27 coaches, front office executives and hockey operations personnel. Included in the final list of 52 names were:
- Brandon Bollig: 25 games, five playoff appearances (the minimum requirement for the shortened season was 23 regular-season games or one Stanley Cup Final appearance)
- Sheldon Brookbank: 27 regular-season games, one playoff appearance
- Daniel Carcillo: 23 games, four playoff appearances
- Ben Smith: one regular-season game, one playoff appearance (Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final)
- Jamal Mayers: 19 regular-season games, no playoff appearances. Players and management petitioned for the 38-year-old to be included on the Cup due to his status as a veteran team leader.
The Blackhawks are back on the cover of Sports Illustrated, this time featuring 2013 Conn Smythe Trophy winner Patrick Kane on the national cover of the magazine hitting newstands soon. In this edition, delve into a comprehensive preview of the 2013-14 season, plus the case for why the Blackhawks will repeat as Stanley Cup champions.
Check out the cover featuring Blackhawks winger Kane in the midst of one of his signature cellys:
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