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POSTED ON Monday, 11.19.2012 / 11:10 AM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


Each week, the Blackhawks Blog takes you around the AHL, ECHL, NCAA and junior hockey ranks to award three Hawks prospects the chicagoblackhawks.com Three Stars of the Week.

1st Star: RW Ben Smith / Rockford (AHL)
The Line: 3 Games, 2 Goals, 2 Assists

While the IceHogs had a tough week, earning only one win in three scheduled games, Smith was one of the team's bright spots. The Boston College alum tallied the eventual game-winner in Friday's win over the Houston Aeros, and was a part of each of the IceHogs' goals in their 3-2 loss Sunday. Smith's five goals this season are good for second-most on Rockford, and his 42 shots on goal are behind only Jeremy Morin's 51 for the team lead.

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POSTED ON Friday, 11.16.2012 / 2:22 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


This weekend, millions of people will flock to the cinema to see director Steven Spielberg's take on our 16th U.S. President, Abraham Lincoln.

Though the Blackhawks Blog can neither confirm nor deny "Honest Abe's" affection for the sport of hockey (the first organized indoor hockey game wouldn't be played until roughly a decade after his death), the Blackhawks paid tribute to Lincoln during their summer with the Stanley Cup in 2010. The Cup visited a number of historic sites in Illinois, many of which tied in directly with "The Great Emancipator."

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POSTED ON Monday, 11.12.2012 / 11:06 AM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Each week, the Blackhawks Blog takes you around the AHL, ECHL, NCAA and junior hockey ranks to award three Hawks prospects the chicagoblackhawks.com Three Stars of the Week.

1st Star: G Mac Carruth / Portland (WHL)
The Line: 4 Games Played, 4 Wins, 0 Losses, 3 Goals Allowed

The Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks are off to a torrid start in 2012-13, with a 16-3-1 overall record and rolling with a 12-game winning streak. One of the biggest keys to that amazing run has been the play of 2010 Blackhawks draft pick Mac Carruth, who is a perfect 9-0-0 so far and has surrendered less than a goal per game on average. In four appearances this week, Carruth gave up one goal in each of his three starts – including a 43-save effort on Saturday against Spokane – and came on in relief of fellow Portland netminder Brendan Burke, securing the win as the Winterhawks tallied the final four goals in a 9-5 win at Vancouver. Carruth currently leads the WHL in save percentage (.967) and goals-against average (0.97).

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POSTED ON Friday, 11.02.2012 / 10:57 AM
By Harvey Wittenberg - Web Contributor / The Blackhawks Blog

Photo courtesy of Google.com

While 26-year-old netminder Carter Hutton has been turning heads in Rockford and working his way up the Blackhawks' organizational depth chart, he could soon become a part of another fraternity: no fewer than 93 NHL players have come from the area that now comprises Thunder Bay, Ont., -- four towns joined to form the city back in 1970 -- including current Blackhawks Assistant General Manager Norm Maciver. Of those 93, 19 have played for Chicago.

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POSTED ON Friday, 10.19.2012 / 8:48 AM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Blackhawks Ambassador Stan Mikita's legendary tenure with the Blackhawks is reflected in record books, the rafters above the ice in the United Center, and in bronze on West Madison Street. Oct. 19 is a special anniversary in Stosh's calendar, but do you know why? Read on for The Friday Five: Mikita's Dates to Remember.

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POSTED ON Friday, 10.12.2012 / 8:27 AM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

On Monday, Oct. 15, Blackhawks Television Color Analyst Eddie Olczyk will be officially inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in Dallas, Texas. Olczyk will be the 17th Blackhawk in franchise history to be honored with that distinction, and he spent time on the same side of the ice with five of the other 16 inductees (none of the remaining 11 laced up their skates for the Blackhawks past 1950)! The well-connected Illinois native's teammates are outlined in today's edition of The Friday Five: The Six Degrees of Eddie O.

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POSTED ON Monday, 10.08.2012 / 3:22 PM
By Harvey Wittenberg - Web Contributor / The Blackhawks Blog

Hall of Fame goalie Glenn Hall made his first start in a Chicago uniform on Oct. 8, 1957, with a 1-0 shutout of Toronto at the old Chicago Stadium. "Mr. Goalie" went on to register 49 more whitewashes as a Blackhawk—second in franchise history only to Tony Esposito's 74.

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POSTED ON Friday, 10.05.2012 / 12:33 PM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

The Rockford IceHogs kicked off the 2012-13 season this week with training camp and the first game of their preseason schedule, a 3-2 shootout victory over the Milwaukee Admirals at BMO Harris Bank Center on Thursday night. With that in mind, The Blackhawks Blog brings you The Friday Five: Rockford Edition.

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POSTED ON Friday, 09.28.2012 / 1:00 AM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Hall of Famer Dick Irvin poses in the original Blackhawks uniform, circa 1926.

Happy Birthday to the Chicago Blackhawks! On Sept. 25, 1926, the National Hockey League awarded Major Frederic McLaughlin and the city of Chicago with a franchise, and the rest is history---86 years of it, to be exact! In this edition of The Friday Five, the Blackhawks Blog looks back at some interesting facts about how the Blackhawks came to be.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 09.25.2012 / 4:06 PM
By Harvey Wittenberg - Web Contributor / The Blackhawks Blog

The National Hockey League granted a Chicago franchise to Major Frederick McLaughlin on Sept. 25, 1926, one of three American teams added to the league that year (along with the Detroit Cougars—later Red Wings—and the New York Rangers). McLaughlin, who had been a commander with the 333rd Machine Gun Battalion of the 86th Infantry Division during World War I, named the team in honor of his military unit, which took its "Black Hawks" moniker from Chief Black Hawk of the Sauk nation.

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