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POSTED ON Monday, 08.11.2014 / 5:56 PM
By Emerald Gao and Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Brisebois pursues a puck at Prospect Camp. (Chase Agnello-Dean/Chicago Blackhawks)

Each summer, dozens of prospects land in Chicago for a week of fitness tests, off-ice workouts and competitive scrimmages. It's a chance not only for Blackhawks brass to evaluate the talent in the system, but also for fans to catch a glimpse of the organization's future. This year, chicagoblackhawks.com polled prospects to find out their favorite hockey player to watch, the person they text the most and more, all in their own words.

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POSTED ON Monday, 08.11.2014 / 5:52 PM
By Emerald Gao and Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Phillip Danault carries the puck up the ice at Prospect Camp. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/Chicago Blackhawks)

Each summer, dozens of prospects land in Chicago for a week of fitness tests, off-ice workouts and competitive scrimmages. It's a chance not only for Blackhawks brass to evaluate the talent in the system, but also for fans to catch a glimpse of the organization's future. This year, chicagoblackhawks.com polled prospects to find out their favorite hockey player to watch, the person they text the most and more, all in their own words.

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POSTED ON Friday, 08.08.2014 / 4:34 PM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Last Thursday, Alyssa Koeppler helped her 5-year-old neighbor Kyle prepare for his first event ahead of kindergarten – a Teddy Bear Picnic. His elementary school in Lake in the Hills offers new kindergarteners the opportunity to meet with their teacher, read a book and eat some cookies to ease into the new school year.

Alyssa, who watches her neighbor during the day, instructed Kyle to pick out a stuffed animal for the Teddy Bear Picnic.

“Kyle ran upstairs and without any hesitation at all,” Alyssa explained, “brought his [Patrick] Kane doll with him.”

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 08.05.2014 / 5:50 PM
By Emerald Gao and Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Nick Schmaltz looks up to make a pass at Prospect Camp. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/Chicago Blackhawks)

Each summer, dozens of prospects land in Chicago for a week of fitness tests, off-ice workouts and competitive scrimmages. It's a chance not only for Blackhawks brass to evaluate the talent in the system, but also for fans to catch a glimpse of the organization's future. This year, chicagoblackhawks.com polled prospects to find out their favorite hockey player to watch, the person they text the most and more, all in their own words.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 08.05.2014 / 5:47 PM
By Emerald Gao and Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
John Hayden fires off a shot at Prospect Camp. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/Chicago Blackhawks)

Each summer, dozens of prospects land in Chicago for a week of fitness tests, off-ice workouts and competitive scrimmages. It's a chance not only for Blackhawks brass to evaluate the talent in the system, but also for fans to catch a glimpse of the organization's future. This year, chicagoblackhawks.com polled prospects to find out their favorite hockey player to watch, the person they text the most and more, all in their own words.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 08.05.2014 / 5:10 PM
By Emerald Gao and Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Anthony Louis protects the puck at Prospect Camp earlier this month. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/Chicago Blackhawks)

Each summer, dozens of prospects land in Chicago for a week of fitness tests, off-ice workouts and competitive scrimmages. It's a chance not only for Blackhawks brass to evaluate the talent in the system, but also for fans to catch a glimpse of the organization's future. This year, chicagoblackhawks.com polled prospects to find out their favorite hockey player to watch, the person they text the most and more, all in their own words.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 07.30.2014 / 1:01 PM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
It took Labowitch about 5 hours to complete this design. (Photo courtesy of Jane Labowitch)

For Jane Labowitch, creating intricate designs using an Etch A Sketch is a skill she’s been honing since she was 4.

“I've done well over 100 pieces on an Etch A Sketch,” said Labowitch, also known as Princess Etch A Sketch. “If I could estimate, I'd say at least around 300.”

Her abilities were put to the test when upon offering up a custom Etch A Sketch piece as a raffle prize at a work event, the winner requested something to display in their Blackhawks-themed basement.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 07.19.2014 / 5:50 PM
By Bria Davis - Special to chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Check out what fans and players are talking about at the 2014 Blackhawks Convention.

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POSTED ON Friday, 07.18.2014 / 10:02 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

The 2014 Blackhawks Convention is always a chance for the players, coaches and alumni to interact and share a weekend with their fans. But captain Jonathan Toews took that interaction to a new level during the opening ceremonies when he invited all fans in attendance to join him in a "selfie." The captain took the photo on stage, and it was later posted on @NHLBlackhawks.

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POSTED ON Friday, 07.18.2014 / 5:13 PM
By Beau Starrett, with Bria Davis - Special to chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
(Chase Agnello-Dean/Chicago Blackhawks)

Today’s scrimmage was more tiring compared to the other ones, but it was definitely a good experience, getting out there with the older guys in the pro group. For me, I’m about their size, so it’s good to see the skills they’ve got, follow in their steps and look good out there. Because the free-agent guys left yesterday, there were fewer bodies out there, but the pace was pretty similar. It was good to get the legs going one last time.

Scoring my third goal of Prospect Camp was good. My linemate, [2014 pick] Jack Ramsey, just got it behind the net, threw it in front and I was grinding away and put it in five-hole. It was good to get a goal out there in front of the older guys.

Coming into camp, I definitely had an idea of what it was going to be like; I expected the pace out there and the drills we did. I was aware we would have a lot of scrimmaging going on, and it was a good camp overall. I look forward to coming to next year’s camp and so on and so on.

Leaving camp with faster pace and having played against older guys was good. You can always get better when you're out there on the ice; you always improve and always work your body. I look forward to taking this learning experience going into next season with the South Shore Kings in the OPJHL.

Since this is the last day, we’ll be taking the bus to the airport, and from there, we just go our own separate ways. Being in Chicago for a week was great; me and a lot of the younger guys went out and had some fun. It’s good to meet new players; my roommate, [2014 fifth-round pick] Dylan Sikura from Aurora, will be at Northeastern next year, so getting to meet guys you’ll be paying against in the future is definitely special. It’s good to build relationships the first year and go from there. I look forward to seeing this group of guys next year.

Starting next week I’ll just get right back into training. My routine consists of skating three times a week and playing in a pro league in Massachusetts with [2012 draft pick] Chris Calnan. May plan is just working out and getting bigger, faster, stronger for next season.

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