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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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POSTED ON Friday, 06.08.2012 / 1:00 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 Jonathan Toews - Selected 3rd overall in the 2006 Entry Draft

There are more chapters to be written in Jonathan Toews' career, but its difficult to imagine a scenario that worked out better than the Blackhawks' top pick in 2006. In a draft class loaded with talented forwards - Washington's Nicklas Backstrom, Toronto's Phil Kessel and Philadelphia's Claude Giroux were among others taken in 2006's first round - it could be argued that none have achieved as much as Toews has in his career.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 06.07.2012 / 1:00 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.

LW Darcy Rota - Selected 13th overall in the 1973 Entry Draft

One of the top snipers of his draft class, Darcy Rota finished his final junior hockey season with 73 goals in 68 games for the WCJHL's Edmonton Oil Kings, and was selected by the Blackhawks with the 13th overall pick in the 1973 Entry Draft.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 06.06.2012 / 1:00 PM
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.

LW Eric Daze - Selected 90th overall in the 1993 Entry Draft.

Immensely talented and highly productive, despite playing through back injuries, many would say that Eric Daze's Blackhawks career ended too soon. It's difficult not to agree, especially with the impressive way Daze began his NHL career after being drafted by the Blackhawks in 1993.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 06.05.2012 / 10:46 AM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Denis Savard, in a Montreal Juniors sweater.

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 Denis Savard - Selected 3rd overall in the 1980 Entry Draft.

When the Montreal Canadiens - perhaps surprisingly - passed on Montreal Juniors standout Denis Savard in favor of center Doug Wickenheiser, the Blackhawks were happy to select him with the third overall pick.

It is unlikely that anyone around the team ever regretted the selection.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.10.2012 / 2:20 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


Rewarded for his best amateur season to date, Blackhawks prospect and Saginaw Spirit left wing Brandon Saad was named an Ontario Hockey League First-Team All-Star on Wednesday, the league announced.

The year-end recognition, determined by a vote of OHL general managers, is the first for Saad, who joins the ranks of top-end NHL prospects including Dougie Hamilton and Tyler Toffoli on the first team. Nail Yakupov,  a potential first-overall selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, made the OHL's third team at right wing.

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