POSTED ON Monday, 03.30.2015 / 12:18 PM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Each Monday, the Blackhawks Blog will highlight prospects who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college, or European teams in the previous week’s action. All prospect stats will be updated weekly throughout the 2014-15 season.

(Photo courtesy Rockford IceHogs)

1st Star: C Alex Broadhurst, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
The Line: 3GP, 2G, 1A

Broadhurst compiled a three-game point streak for Rockford last week, tallying twice — his first goals of the season — and adding an assist. The Orland Park, Ill., native missed four months with a fractured arm, but has picked up the pace upon his return as the IceHogs are on the verge of securing a berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2008 while challenging for the Midwest Division title.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.24.2015 / 12:50 PM CT
By Leah Pascarella - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

A little over a month ago, Toronto resident Robert Greenfield posted a time-lapse video of himself carving the Blackhawks logo into his backyard rink. The Blackhawks Blog caught up with him to learn how he created his impressive design and how he got started making rink art.

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POSTED ON Monday, 03.23.2015 / 2:06 PM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Each Monday, the Blackhawks Blog will highlight prospects who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college, or European teams in the previous week’s action. All prospect stats will be updated weekly throughout the 2014-15 season.

(Photo courtesy AK Bars Kazan)

1st Star: G Anders Nilsson, AK Bars Kazan (KHL)
The Line: 3GP, 3-0-0, 2 shutouts

Nilsson stretched his win streak to four games after going 3-0 in the second round of the playoffs last week; he also notched his second and third postseason shutouts, including a 21-save effort on his 25th birthday on March 19, and has allowed just one goal over his last three appearances. The Swedish native improved his record to 8-2 with a 1.32 goals-against average and .942 save percentage in the KHL playoffs, helping AK Bars Kazan advance to the Eastern Conference Final against Sibir.

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POSTED ON Monday, 03.16.2015 / 2:22 PM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Each Monday, the Blackhawks Blog will highlight prospects who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college, or European teams in the previous week’s action. All prospect stats will be updated weekly throughout the 2014-15 season.

(Eric Classen/University of North Dakota Athletics)

1st Star: D Nick Mattson, University of North Dakota (NCHC)
The Line: 2GP, 1G, 3A

The senior defenseman had a huge weekend, helping ND move past Colorado College and secure a semifinal berth in the Frozen Faceoff. Mattson tallied the game-winner and added two assists in a 5-1 win on Friday, then posted a helper in North Dakota’s 3-2 win the next night. The 2010 sixth-round pick now ranks second among team defensemen with 20 points (4G, 16A) in 28 games this season.

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POSTED ON Monday, 03.9.2015 / 2:50 PM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Each Monday, the Blackhawks Blog will highlight prospects who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college, or European teams in the previous week’s action. All prospect stats will be updated weekly throughout the 2014-15 season.

(Richard Gagnon/Notre Dame Athletics)

1st Star: C Vincent Hinostroza, University of Notre Dame (H-EAST)
The Line: 3GP, 3G, 2A

Hinostroza’s five points in three games against UMass helped Notre Dame advance in the Hockey East tournament; the 2012 sixth-round pick also moved into a tie for 10th in the nation in points, with 43 (11G, 32A) in 39 games. Hinostroza tallied once in the NCAA record-setting 5OT contest on Friday that opened the series, added two more goals in a 5-3 win the next night and posted two helpers in Sunday’s 7-0 victory to cap off the first round. Notre Dame moves on to face UMass-Lowell in the conference quarterfinals next weekend.

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POSTED ON Monday, 03.2.2015 / 4:13 PM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Each Monday, the Blackhawks Blog will highlight prospects who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college, or European teams in the previous week’s action. All prospect stats will be updated weekly throughout the 2014-15 season.

(Photo courtesy Rockford IceHogs)

1st Star: RW Mark McNeill, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
The Line: 2GP, 2G, 4A

McNeill’s line led Rockford to two wins over the Texas Stars last weekend, with the 2011 first-round draft pick notching a goal and two helpers in each contest, including the only assist on Pierre-Cedric Labrie’s overtime game-winner in a 4-3 win on Friday. McNeill’s offensive explosion snapped a six-game streak without a point, and he now shares second on the team with 31 points (16G, 15A) in 43 games this season.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.24.2015 / 10:40 AM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Stan Bowman's dedication to advanced stats and Joel Quenneville's ability to draw success out of his team: a winning combination for the Blackhawks.

ESPN The Magazine released their Analytics Issue this week, featuring a comprehensive ranking of 122 professional sports teams across the MLB, NBA, NHL and NFL on their use of analytics—assessing buy-in from executives and coaches, investment level and overall approach.

Hockey, as a whole, may be a bit behind baseball and basketball in the prevalence of analytics, but the Blackhawks certainly break the mold. They’re the only NHL organization to appear in the Overall Top 10, and the only club in the “All-In” category among hockey teams. While other clubs are certified “Believers” in the analytics movement, the Blackhawks were early adopters, hiring an analytics firm in 2009 shortly after Stan Bowman was promoted to General Manager.

It’s a winning strategy, especially combined with Head Coach Joel Quenneville’s experience behind the bench: Chicago has posted the highest SAT% among 30 teams since 2009-10, the season they broke a 49-year championship drought.

Bowman is quoted in the article as saying, "We're always trying to expand and add a new component each year that we do a little more with."

Considering the growing list of teams that have also bought into the statistical revolution, staying one step ahead of the pack could be crucial for the Blackhawks on their quest for more Stanley Cups.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.23.2015 / 3:11 PM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Each Monday, the Blackhawks Blog will highlight prospects who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college, or European teams in the previous week’s action. All prospect stats will be updated weekly throughout the 2014-15 season.

(Photo courtesy MJB Images)

1st Star: LW Fredrik Olofsson, Chicago Mission (USHL)
The Line: 3GP, 4G, 2A

Olofsson enjoyed a big week for the Chicago Mission, posting a goal in all three games and compiling six points total. The 2014 fourth-round pick established a season high four points with the game-winner and an empty-netter, as well as two assists, in a 5-3 win over Muskegon on Saturday. Olofsson leads Chicago with 22 goals and ranks second with 45 points in 41 games this season.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.17.2015 / 1:38 PM CT
By Leah Pascarella - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are household names for any Blackhawks fan, but there are some diehards who go a step further and literally bring these names into their homes. The Blackhawks Blog caught up with a few families who named their children after Blackhawks players – and we aren’t talking Jonathan or Patrick – to get the story behind their child’s unique name.

Hossa and Niemi Singer cheer on the Blackhawks from Montana. (Photo courtesy of Amanda Preston)

Michael and Mikaela Singer moved to Billings, Mont., about seven years ago, and brought a little bit of Chicago with them.

The couple has two daughters, 4-year-old Niemi Hope and 17-month-old Hossa Marie. Their names may not be recognizable to most Montana residents, but people who know hockey know the Chicago Blackhawks are the Singers’ favorite team.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.16.2015 / 12:02 PM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Each Monday, the Blackhawks Blog will highlight prospects who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college, or European teams in the previous week’s action. All prospect stats will be updated weekly throughout the 2014-15 season.

(Photo courtesy Rockford IceHogs)

1st Star: D Ville Pokka, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
The Line: 3GP, 1G, 3A

Pokka extended his point streak to a career-long four games with contributions in all three Rockford games last week. The rookie defenseman picked up an assist on Friday at Milwaukee, posted a goal and a helper the next night against Oklahoma City, then finished off the weekend with his 16th assist of the season against San Antonio. Pokka ranks second among team defensemen and sixth overall with 23 games in 45 games this season.

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