We see Blackhawks players sitting at their stalls in the dressing room, but where are their stalls related to the rest of their teammates?
Blackhawks Magazine's "Blackhawks Illustrated" feature went inside the room to provide this handy map to spot where each player sits.
The Blackhawks amazing run to start the 2012-13 campaign commanded the attention hockey fans across North America, local and national media, including Sports Illustrated. In their latest issue, the Blackhawks are front and center, touted as the franchise that made hockey "a must-see" again.
Check out the cover featuring Daniel Carcillo's last-minute game-winner on March 6:
When the Blackhawks took the ice in Los Angeles on Jan. 19, the goal was merely to spoil the Kings' Stanley Cup banner-raising ceremony. Chicago won decisively, 5-2... and then they kept winning. Their six straight victories to begin the campaign set a franchise record, and it wasn't until Jan. 30 that the team dropped their first point in a shootout loss at Minnesota. Whispers about the NHL record started once the Blackhawks crossed the 10, 11, 12-game mark without a regulation loss, and history was made on Feb. 15 when Chicago claimed a 2-1 victory against San Jose for their 17th consecutive game with a point gained in the standings.
And still that was not enough. The team finished a seven-game homestand earning 13 of 14 possible points, then kept going strong—20, 21, 22. Another record approached on the horizon: the team's mark of nine straight wins, set in December 2008, with many of the same core players that were driving this current streak. That one fell on March 5 with an emphatic 5-3 victory over the Wild at home.
In the infograph below, we looked at the numbers and stats that defined the Blackhawks' amazing run and celebrated the workhorses and the difference-makers that helped make history.
1st Star: C/RW Jimmy Hayes, Rockford (AHL)
The Line: 3GP, 3G, 2A, +2 plus/minus, first career hat trick
The IceHogs swept a quick two-game stint in Oklahoma City over the weekend, coming from behind in both tilts, including a 7-4 stomping on Saturday, courtesy of a four-goal burst in the third period. Jimmy Hayes was the undisputed star of that game, notching his first professional hat trick and adding two assists for a career-high five-point night. Hayes opened the scoring on the power play in the second period, added a second tally later that period and capped off his night with an empty-netter.
Each week, the Blackhawks Blog will give you five stats you need to know about the Blackhawks this season.
1. After Wednesday night’s win over the Colorado Avalanche, Ray Emery became the first goalie in NHL history to begin a season with 10 straight wins.
In his 10 starts for the Blackhawks this season, Emery has earned a perfect 10-0-0 record. His 10-game win streak also marks a career high for the second-year Blackhawk.
On this date in 1992, Jeremy Roenick became the first American-born Blackhawk, and the third in team history, to score 50 goals in one season. He reached the milestone in his hometown of Boston, as Chicago edged the Bruins 2-1.
Hey Chicago Blackhawks, u guys are AWESOME!! #streaking— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 7, 2013
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As the Blackhawks embarked on historic point and win streaks to start the season, fans across the league started to take notice and show their colors. While Chicago dominated the standings on the ice, the team's rising popularity off it was reflected most starkly in the NHL's jersey sales numbers last month.
Captain Jonathan Toews led all players in the league, taking over the top spot from Philadelphia's Claude Giroux, while Patrick Kane's blistering start helped him jump 17 spots from No. 21 to No. 5. Marian Hossa, who recently passed the 1,000-game mark, rose 14 spots from No. 25 to No. 11.
The full top 20 list is below:
1. Jonathan Toews (CHI)
2. Ryan Callahan (NYR)
3. Sidney Crosby (PIT)
4. Claude Giroux (PHI)
5. Patrick Kane (CHI)
6. Evgeni Malkin (PIT)
7. James Neal (PIT)
8. Pavel Datsyuk (DET)
9. Joe Thornton (SJS)
10. Zdeno Chara (BOS)
11. Marian Hossa (CHI)
12. Henrik Zetterberg (DET)
13. Tyler Seguin (BOS)
14. Milan Lucic (BOS)
15. Kris Letang (PIT)
16. Alex Ovechkin (WSH)
17. Patrick Marleau (SJS)
18. Steven Stamkos (TBL)
19. Matt Duchene (COL)
20. Brad Marchand (BOS)
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1st Star: C Phillip Danault, Moncton (QMJHL)
The Line: 3GP, 3G, 3A, +1 plus/minus
Phillip Danault extended his point streak to seven games as Moncton went 3-0 last week. The Blackhawks’ first-round draft pick in 2011 assisted on three of the Wildcats’ dozen goals on Feb. 26 against Cape Breton, then scored twice at Rimouski and once at Quebec over the weekend. Danault has racked up 33 points (9G, 24A) in 20 games since joining Moncton at the trade deadline, and has been held off the scoresheet just four times in that span.
2nd Star: C Alex Broadhurst, London (OHL)
The Line: 3GP, 3G, 2A, +3
Broadhurst continued his stellar first season in the OHL with a five-point week for the league-leading London Knights. The 19-year-old native of Orland Park, Ill., scored the game-winner in a 5-2 win at Windsor, logged a helper on March 1 against Sarnia and contributed three points (2G, 1A) in a 6-1 romp over Kitchener the next night. Broadhurst’s 60 points (23G, 37A) and +31 rating this season rank third on the team.
3rd Star: C/RW Mark McNeill, Prince Albert (WHL)
The Line: 3GP, 5A, +3
The Raiders won two of three outings last week, and Prince Albert captain Mark McNeill played a big part in those victories, logging three primary assists in a 4-1 victory at Moose Jaw on Feb. 26 and adding two more helpers in a 7-0 win over Regina the next night. McNeill leads the team with 60 points (21G, 39A) in 58 games this season.
Pirri overtook Martin St. Pierre as the IceHogs’ points leader with a four-assist weekend. He contributed to three of Rockford’s goals in their 4-1 win over Peoria on March 1 and added one more the next night against Milwaukee.
Whitney capped off an excellent February with a 30-save win on Feb. 28 at Acadie-Bathurst, boosting his record to 7-1-0-0 with a 2.01 goals-against average, .930 save percentage and two shutouts, good enough to earn the QMJHL’s third star of the month honors.
Around the system:
- University of Vermont defenseman Michael Paliotta scored his first goal of the season—his first career game-winner—on March 2 in a 5-2 win at Boston University. The 2011 draft pick also logged a career-high +4 in the game.
- Defenseman Joe Gleason logged points in both of North Dakota’s games against Bemidji State this weekend, tallying his fifth goal of the season in a 4-2 win on Friday and adding a helper in a 2-2 tie on Saturday.
- Blueliner Braden Birch netted his first goal for Cornell this season in a 4-1 win at Brown.
- Rockford forward Jeremy Morin extended his point streak to seven games with a pair of goals on March 1 against Peoria, but was held off the scoresheet the next night. Ben Smith scored the IceHogs’ other two goals in the 4-1 win over the Rivermen.
- IceHogs defensemen Shawn Lalonde and Adam Clendening both chipped in over the weekend with two assists each. Both of Lalonde’s helpers came against Peoria, while Clendening logged one in each contest.
Marian Hossa has enjoyed a successful NHL career, playing in parts of sixteen seasons at the professional level. In celebration of his upcoming 1,000th NHL game, here are some of Hossa’s most impressive career stats.
1. On Sunday, Marian Hossa will become the 12th player to hit his 1,000th NHL game in a Blackhawks sweater.
Hossa joins a list of "Who's Who" among Blackhawks greats, including Chris Chelios, Stan Mikita, Eric Nesterenko, Bobby Hull, Doug Mohns, Sylvain Cote, Brent Sutter, Michel Goulet, Eddie Olczyk, John Tonelli and Bob Murray.