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POSTED ON Monday, 03.17.2014 / 3:02 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
(John Mersits/University of Notre Dame)

1st Star: D Stephen Johns, Notre Dame (H-EAST)
The Line: 3GP, 3G, 1A

Johns’ offensive explosion paced Notre Dame’s upset of top-seeded Boston College in the quarterfinals of the Hockey East tournament, as the Irish emerged victorious from the three-game set in Boston last weekend. The 2010 second-round pick posted a season high with two goals and an assist in a 7-2 win in Game 1 on Friday, then opened the scoring for Notre Dame in Sunday’s 4-2 victory that clinched a spot in the tournament final.

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POSTED ON Monday, 03.10.2014 / 2:24 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
(Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

1st Star: C/RW Ryan Hartman, Plymouth (OHL)
The Line: 3GP, 2G, 1A

The Whalers clinched the eighth seed in the Ontario Hockey League’s Western Conference after winning two of three games last week. Hartman tallied in both wins and added an assist on March 9 against Saginaw. The 2013 first-round draft pick paces the team with 26 assists and shares the team lead with 51 points, despite playing just 50 games this season.

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POSTED ON Monday, 03.03.2014 / 2:47 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
(Terry WIlson/OHL Images)

1st Star: C/RW Ryan Hartman, Plymouth (OHL)
The Line: 3GP, 1G, 4A, +3 plus/minus rating

Chicago’s 2013 first-round pick collected points in each of his three games last week to help the Whalers win two of their outings. Hartman picked up helpers on the opening goal as well as the game-winning tally in a 4-2 win over Kitchener on Tuesday. He assisted on Plymouth’s only goal in a 2-1 shootout loss to Barrie on Friday, then posted the game-winning goal and an assist the next night in a 5-0 win over Windsor. Hartman leads the Whalers with 25 assists and ranks second with 48 points in just 47 games this season.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.24.2014 / 3:40 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
(Todd Reicher/Rockford IceHogs)

1st Star: C Brandon Pirri, Rockford (AHL)
The Line: 2GP, 2G, 1A

Pirri extended his point streak to six games and goal streak to three contests with two goals and an assist for the IceHogs over the weekend. The 2009 draft pick opened the scoring in Friday’s 2-1 win over the Chicago Wolves before assisting on the game-winning goal by Garret Ross; the next night, Pirri netted the game-winner in a 4-1 win over Milwaukee. Pirri was named the MVP of the AHL All-Star Game on Feb. 13 after posting three points (2G, 1A) in the combined league roster’s 7-2 win over Sweden’s Farjestad BK.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.10.2014 / 5:23 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
(Greg Hamil/Rockford IceHogs)

1st Star: LW Jeremy Morin, Rockford (AHL)
The Line: 3GP, 4G, 2A, +4 plus/minus, first career hat trick

Rockford stretched their victorious streak to a season-long four games with three wins last week, and Morin led the way offensively with his first career hat trick and an assist on Feb. 8 in a 8-3 rout of the Iowa Wild. He added another goal the next night in a 5-4 overtime win against Utica and now leads the team with 15 tallies in just 35 games this season. Morin’s 71 career AHL goals also constitute a franchise record, passing Preston Mizzi’s 69, set during Rockford’s UHL days.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.03.2014 / 2:55 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
(Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

1st Star: C/RW Ryan Hartman, Plymouth (OHL)
The Line: 2GP, 3G

Hartman broke an eight-game scoreless streak last week, netting the opening goal for the Plymouth Whalers in a 3-2 loss to Kingston on Friday; the next night, Chicago’s 2013 first-round pick tallied twice in a 4-3 win over Belleville. Hartman ranks third on the club with 16 goals and 32 points in 35 games this season.

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POSTED ON Monday, 01.27.2014 / 1:19 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
(Matti Korpi)

1st Star: C Teuvo Teravainen, Jokerit (SM-liiga)
The Line: 2GP, 1G, 4A

Another big week from Teuvo Teravainen propelled Jokerit to two straight wins, as Chicago’s 2012 first-round pick posted five points (1G, 4A). Teravainen scored his fifth goal of the season and added an assist on Tuesday in a 5-1 win over KalPa, then collected three helpers in a 7-1 win over TPS Turku on Saturday. He continues to lead the team with 31 points (5G, 26A) in 35 games.

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POSTED ON Monday, 01.20.2014 / 5:25 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
(Jon Quackenbos/Boston College)

1st Star: C/RW Kevin Hayes, Boston College (H-EAST)
The Line: 2GP, 3G, 4A, +2 plus/minus rating

Hayes, the nation’s second-highest scorer behind only linemate Johnny Gaudreau, added to his career-high numbers last week, compiling seven points (3G, 4A) in two games for Boston College last weekend. The 2010 first-round pick collected two assists on Friday as the Eagles beat crosstown rival BU 6-4; the next night, he netted his first collegiate hat trick plus a pair of helpers in a 7-2 win over Maine. With his weekend contributions, Hayes extended his career-long point streak to 10 games, tallying 10 goals and 14 assists over that span.

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POSTED ON Monday, 01.13.2014 / 4:40 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
(Jon Quackenbos/Boston College Athletics)

1st Star: C/RW Kevin Hayes, Boston College (H-EAST)
The Line: 2GP, 2G, 3A, +3 plus/minus rating

College hockey’s top line kept rolling last weekend, contributing points on seven of BC’s eight goals against Providence and Brown, with 2010 first-round pick Kevin Hayes picking up five points (2G, 3A). On Friday, Hayes assisted on both the Eagles’ opening goal and the game-winning power-play tally, before adding an empty-netter in the 5-2 win over Providence. The next night, he opened the scoring, then notched a helper on the game-tying goal in the third period. Hayes ranks second on the team and third in the NCAA with 35 points (13G, 22A) in 21 games this season.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 01.09.2014 / 11:12 AM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

While Finland continues to celebrate a surprise victory at the 2014 IIHF U20 World Championship last week, Blackhawks fans half a world away can also rejoice at the fantastic showing by the future of the club. The organization had four draft picks from 2012 and 2013 at the tournament representing three countries, two of whom won medals with their teams. Corey Pronman of ESPN Insider's NHL Draft Blog handed Chicago's group of prospects an overall grade of A- (subscription required), one of five teams in the upper eschelon along with Nashville, Washington, Buffalo and Montreal.

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