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POSTED ON Friday, 06.08.2012 / 8:47 AM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


On June 6, one of the Blackhawks' defensemen added blew out one more candle on his birthday cake. That's right, Blackhawks blueliner Niklas Hjalmarsson turned 25 on Wednesday.

As a celebration of the Swedish import's special day, we bring you The Friday Five: Niklas Hjalmarsson Edition. Swedish meatballs for all!

1. Among the 230 players drafted in the 2005 NHL Draft, Niklas Hjalmarsson is one of only nine defenseman to have played in over 260 NHL games.

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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 / 9:41 AM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Every week, the Blackhawks Blog will feature fan tweets that reply to our official Twitter account @NHLBlackhawks mixed in with the tweets from some Blackhawks themselves! Send us your thoughts on the Blackhawks’ players, games and more, and you could be a contributor to our next “Tweet Sheet.”
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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 Monday, 06.04.2012 / 1:00 AM

Bryan Bickell is not afraid to stand up for his teammates on the ice. That explains why his favorite pump-up jam is "Not Afraid," by Eminem. 

The Blackhawks Blog caught up with Bicks to learn more about him, his favorite things, and more.

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POSTED ON Friday, 06.01.2012 / 1:00 AM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

With the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals underway, the Friday Five revisits the five most memorable moments in the Stanley Cup Finals in Blackhawks history.

1. Charlie Gardiner’s shutout over the Detroit Red Wings for the entire game and 30:05 of sudden-death overtime in the series-deciding Game 4 of the 1934 Stanley Cup Finals.

“Smiling Charlie” kept the Red Wings off the scoreboard through one and a half overtime periods. At the time, Gardiner was suffering from a chronic tonsil infection. He was the first goaltender to captain a Stanley Cup champion.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.31.2012 / 1:45 PM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Every week, the Blackhawks Blog will feature fan tweets that reply to our official Twitter account @NHLBlackhawks mixed in with the tweets from some Blackhawks themselves! Send us your thoughts on the Blackhawks’ players, games and more, and you could be a contributor to our next “Tweet Sheet.”
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POSTED ON Friday, 05.25.2012 / 1:37 PM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

2011 first-round draft pick Phillip Danault (Photo by Getty Images).

Each week, the Blackhawks Blog will give you five stats you need to know about the Blackhawks this season. This week, we take a look at the impressive accolades of the Blackhawks prospects in postseason play.


1. Alex Broadhurst registered an assist and a shorthanded empty-netter in a 5-2 win over the Waterloo Black Hawks to capture the United States Hockey League's Clark Cup.

Broadhurst finished the playoffs with a league-leading 18 points (9G, 9A). The Orland Park, Ill., native made history on April 24, 2012, recording the first shorthanded hat trick in USHL history. Broadhurst (drafted 199th overall in 2011) tallied his shorthanded trio for the Green Bay Gamblers against the Youngstown Phantoms in a 6-3 victory in the first round of the USHL playoffs.

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