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POSTED ON Monday, 12.17.2012 / 10:35 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: 2 Games Played, 4 Goals Allowed, 55 Saves, 2-0-0 Record

With the European leagues on break and fewer games for many of the Blackhawks' prospects, there weren't many standout offensive performances this past week, but on the other side of the ice, goaltender Mac Carruth had another strong week of work for Portland, earning his 14th and 15th wins of the year. Carruth and the Winterhawks yielded just two goals apiece in weekend wins against Seattle and Everett with the 2010 draft pick backstopping each of the victories. Carruth's 1.73 goals-against average on the year ranks second in the WHL, and his .938 save percentage leads the league.

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POSTED ON Monday, 12.10.2012 / 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: C Phillip Danault / Victoriaville (QMJHL)
The Line: 2 Games, 1 Goal, 7 Assists, +3 Plus/Minus

Team Canada opens its annual evaluation camp for its 2013 World Junior Championship team on Tuesday, and Danault, who will attend with fellow Blackhawks prospect Mark McNeill, enters the week-long gathering with a full head of steam. The Tigres went 2-0-0 this past week, outscoring opponents 11-4, and Danault registered a point on eight of those goals. The astounding week rocketed Danault up the QMJHL's top scorer list, where he now ranks 14th in the league overall with 44 points, and second overall in assists (30).

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POSTED ON Monday, 12.03.2012 / 10:06 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 Carter Hutton / Rockford (AHL)
The Line: 3 Games Played, 5 Goals Allowed, 99 Saves, 3-0-0 Record

A daunting road schedule was kind to the IceHogs this week - three away games in five days all resulted in wins for the Blackhawks' top minor league affiliate. Hutton got the starting nod in all three contests and performed like the top netminder he has become, racking up three victories while allowing just five total goals. Rockford enters Monday atop the AHL's Midwest Division and Hutton's stability in net is a big reason why they've climbed to the top.

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POSTED ON Friday, 11.30.2012 / 1:00 AM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


This weekend, the city of Addison, Ill., will honor the career and legacy of Bobby Hull by naming a street in his honor. This is the latest accolade for the greatest left wing in NHL history, whose other honors include - among other things - a recently-dedicated statue in front of the United Center.

But this recent milestone got us at the Blackhawks Blog thinking... Hull has clearly made an impression in the minds of hockey fans and the city of Chicago, but what lasting impact has he made on the team's record books?

We dug up five of "The Golden Jet's" Blackhawks franchise records which are unlikely to ever be bested.

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POSTED ON Monday, 11.26.2012 / 9:56 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 Teuvo Teräväinen / Jokerit (SM-liiga)
The Line: 4 Games, 3 Goals, 4 Assists

After missing four weeks with an injury, the Blackhawks' first pick in the 2012 draft has rebounded with a vengeance, helping Jokerit to a 3-1 week. The skilled forward tallied at least a point in each of his team's four contests in the week, including a three-point (2G, A) outing against Espoo during Jokerit's 5-3 win Sunday. The Helsinki native has scored 13 points (6G, 7A) in 18 contests playing in Finland's SM-liiga this year.

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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 Saturday, 06.23.2012 / 1:32 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
The similarities are notable.

2012 Blackhawks draft pick Garret Ross, like Andrew Shaw the year before him, is a 20-year-old OHL forward who was drafted by Chicago in the fifth round in his final year of draft eligibility. Both are known as heart-and-soul players, and neither are bashful about dropping the gloves when the situation arises.

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POSTED ON Monday, 06.11.2012 / 10:08 AM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Before the Blackhawks take the podium to announce the 18th overall selection of the 2012 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks Blog takes you through the history of the team's greatest draft picks, and how they spent their time in the Blackhawks sweater.

C Troy Murray - Selected 57th overall in the 1980 Entry Draft

Another great value from the 1980 Blackhawks draft class - the same one that brought Denis Savard, Steve Larmer, Steve Ludzik and Jerome Dupont to Chicago, as well - the 57th overall selection became shutdown centerman Troy Murray.

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