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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.22.2012 / 1:30 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Toews
Battling an upper body injury, Jonathan Toews will miss his second straight game Thursday night when the Blackhawks host Dallas, Head Coach Joel Quenneville said after practice Wednesday. Quenneville said that Toews is considered questionable for the team's matchups against Los Angeles and Anaheim this weekend, as well.

"Tazer is progressing; he's day-to-day," Quenneville said.

Toews currently leads the Blackhawks in goals (29) and ranks second on the team with 57 points in 59 games this year.
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POSTED ON Monday, 02.20.2012 / 10:22 AM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


The Hockey News got personal with Jonathan Toews for their March 5 issue, and the Blackhawks' captain graces the cover of the magazine's latest issue, which is on newsstands now.

Below is an excerpt from the feature story, written by Adam Proteau, courtesy of The Hockey News.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.13.2012 / 5:20 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


In the middle of a grueling road trip, the Blackhawks got a rare practice on home ice Monday. In the middle of an eight-game winless streak, both players and coaches underscored the need to play a total team game on Tuesday night, when the Hawks visit their division rivals in Nashville.

“Top guys have to play like top guys, checkers have to check,” winger Patrick Sharp said. “Everybody has to play their own role. You don’t win games because of a small number of players; you win because the entire team was on the same page from top to bottom. We’ve seen that in the past and this season, and we want to get back to it tomorrow.”

“We certainly need our top guys to be special players here; I think they complement our special teams as well,” said Head Coach Joel Quenneville. “I think everybody has got to have some responsibility here, from the coaches, to the players and how we play in all zones. We’ll get that one win we need so desperately right now and build off of it.”

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POSTED ON Friday, 01.27.2012 / 8:32 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


4 p.m. ET, NHL All-Star Media Day: With no on-ice obligations on Friday, the 2012 All-Stars were in a different arena on Friday, sitting down with the gathered media for All-Star Media Day. Blackhawks representatives Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa were in the middle of it all, appearing on TSN, NHL Network and WGN Radio, as well as speaking with dozen of other outlets.

"It actually wasn't too bad," Kane remarked after the event. "I was probably only up there for an hour. You get the same questions for sure, but it's something that you do. It's cool appearing on TSN, NHL Network, XM Radio and media like that. It's a good way to get people excited about the game."

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POSTED ON Thursday, 01.26.2012 / 3:37 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
This weekend, the Blackhawks Blog will be on the ground in Ottawa taking in all of the sights and sounds of NHL All-Star Weekend 2012.


2:30 p.m. ET, NHL Trophy Processional: As hockey is the national sport of Canada, it only makes sense for its capital of Ottawa to welcome the NHL All-Star Game in grand fashion. And the city found a way to celebrate the game and its unique traditions in a way that may never be replicated: by skating the NHL's trophies down the world-famous Rideau Canal Skateway on their way to the Ottawa Convention Center for the All-Star Fan Fest.

Accompanied by hundreds of Timbits Minor Hockey players, as well as their parents, coaches and hundreds of NHL fans, the trophies skated their way down down the canal one by one. If there was large security presence or a velvet rope on site, it was not easy to spot; hockey fans from all over North America were free to get within inches of some of the most important hardware in professional sports, and snap a few pictures as they moved past.

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POSTED ON Monday, 01.23.2012 / 12:57 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


Captain Jonathan Toews will miss Tuesday's game against Nashville and is likely to miss Sunday's All-Star Game due to an upper body injury, head coach Joel Quenneville said after practice Monday. The center remains day-to-day with the injury, which Quenneville added was "not serious."

Toews left Saturday's game - a 5-2 loss in Nashville - in the second period and did not return. Quenneville said there wasn’t a defining blow in either Friday or Saturday's game that caused the injury. The coach added he hopes to get Toews back after the All-Star break, when the Hawks begin a nine-game road trip that starts in western Canada.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 01.19.2012 / 2:35 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Emery
The Blackhawks will turn to netminder Ray Emery Friday when the Florida Panthers visit the United Center, Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville told the media after practice on Thursday. The assignment marks the 29-year-old netminder's first start in four games.

Emery has earned a 10-3-2 record in 16 games with the Blackhawks this season, yielding 2.67 goals per game with a .907 save percentage. He last appeared in net on Jan. 12, a 5-2 win against Minnesota at the United Center. Emery is a career 8-3-0 against the Panthers with one career shutout.
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 01.11.2012 / 2:19 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


In a league where developing and keeping young talent is a priority, the Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are among the best of the best, according to ESPN.com's rankings of the best NHL players under 25. Toews earned the top spot on the list, besting the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby, while Kane placed fourth overall, just behind Washington's Nicklas Backstrom. Boston's Tuukka Rask rounds out the top 5.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 01.01.2012 / 12:24 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Crawford
The Blackhawks will again turn to netminder Corey Crawford Monday when they take on the Edmonton Oilers, Head Coach Joel Quenneville announced after Sunday's practice. Monday's assignment will mark the 27-year-old goaltender's fifth-straight start. Crawford was last in net Friday night when the team beat Central Division rival Detroit 3-2, making 26 saves in the effort. On the season, Crawford is 15-8-2 with a 2.77 goals-against average, and has won three of his last four starts.

Injury update: Quenneville told the media Sunday that center Marcus Kruger will miss his third-straight game with an upper body injury. Defenseman Steve Montador is questionable with an upper body injury.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 12.29.2011 / 3:20 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Among the returns on Thursday was a new face, as Jimmy Hayes was recalled from Rockford ahead of the team’s practice and will likely suit up with the fourth line on Friday.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Hayes, who has scored 18 points with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs this season. “It’s what I’ve worked for my whole life. It was a great phone call to get. It’s what I’ve worked hard to do and I get a chance.”

At 6-foot-6 and 221 pounds, Quenneville said that he likes the toughness and physicality that Hayes could bring to the lineup, but was also impressed with how the 20-year-old Boston College product had improved his skating.

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