POSTED ON Thursday, 02.12.2015 / 11:54 AM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Searching for the right words to tell your special someone how much they mean to you this Valentine's Day? The Blackhawks Blog is here to help, with a variety of sweet messages featuring your favorite Blackhawks. Save your favorite image and send it to your Valentine, or download the full set and print them at home to hand out in class or at work.


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POSTED ON Monday, 02.9.2015 / 3:29 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, Notre Dame (H-EAST)
The Line: 2GP, 2G, 4A

Hinostroza extended his recent hot streak with six points in two games last weekend, as the Fighting Irish went 1-0-1 at Maine. The 2012 sixth-round pick notched three helpers in Friday’s 4-4 tie, including one on the game-tying goal in the last minute of regulation, then posted two goals and an assist the next night. Hinostroza’s seven-game point streak (3G, 11A) has propelled him to the top of Notre Dame’s scoring table; he now has six goals and a team-high 25 helpers in 30 games.

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POSTED ON Friday, 02.6.2015 / 3:59 PM CT
By Leah Pascarella - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

From outstanding rookies to seasoned veterans and everyone in between, it is often hard to decipher where players rank.

ESPN Insider Rob Vollman recently announced the most valuable NHL players in each age group, compiling his list using several advanced hockey metrics in order to compare skaters to goalies and offensive contributions to defensive play. Here's how the Blackhawks ranked (links for ESPN Insiders):

Captain Jonathan Toews was named the best 26-year-old in the NHL. This is nothing new for the center, as he led his age group last year, when he was 25.

Vollman wrote that Toews is "the league’s most complete player in every zone, game situation and time of the season," and commented on his ability to play against top opponents in both zones while dominating possession. Toews also leads 26-year-olds in the important category of faceoff prowess.

The captain isn’t the only Blackhawk getting noticed in his age group, however. Duncan Keith led his age group last year and grabbed a nod in this year’s group for 31-year-olds. The same goes for Patrick Sharp, who led the 32-year-old category last year. Marian Hossa, 36, received an honorable mention in the 35-and-up age group, as well.

The results were divided among the league, but as always, the Blackhawks' depth from top to bottom was well represented.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.2.2015 / 11:56 AM 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.

(Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame Athletics)

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

Hinostroza extended his point streak to a season-long five games with a goal and three assists over the weekend, helping Notre Dame to a split against New Hampshire. The 2012 sixth-round pick had a goal and a helper on Friday in a 5-2 loss, then tacked on two more assists the next night in a 5-3 win, including one on the game-winner. Hinostroza moved into second in team scoring with four goals and a team-high 21 assists in 28 games this season.

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POSTED ON Monday, 01.26.2015 / 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 Whiteshark Photography)

1st Star: G Mac Carruth, Indy Fuel (ECHL)
The Line: 3GP, 3-0-0, 26-save shutout

Carruth backstopped the Fuel to their best week of results in their inaugural season, winning all three of his starts and extending his win streak to five contests dating back to Jan. 16. The 2010 sixth-round pick posted his first shutout of the season with a 26-save effort at Gwinnett last Monday, then allowed just one goal in each of his other appearances, making a combined 74 saves on 76 shots. Carruth improved his record to 6-9-2-2, with a 2.69 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in 20 games this season.

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POSTED ON Monday, 01.19.2015 / 2:05 PM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
(Photo courtesy Rockford IceHogs)

1st Star: LW Garret Ross, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
The Line: 3GP, 1G, 2A

Ross moved into second in team scoring with three points in three games last week, picking up one point in each contest. He compiled an assist on Tuesday in a 3-2 shootout loss to Charlotte, scored a power-play goal on Friday in the IceHogs’ 4-0 blanking of the Iowa Wild and capped off the weekend with an assist in Rockford’s 3-2 win over Chicago on Saturday. Ross currently leads the team with 13 goals and a +20 plus/minus rating in 35 games.

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POSTED ON Friday, 01.16.2015 / 10:56 AM CT
By Leah Pascarella - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Nick Schmaltz (left) and Ville Pokka. (Photos courtesy North Dakota Athletics and Rockford IceHogs)

ESPN’s Corey Pronman recently ranked the top 50 NHL prospects (ESPN Insiders access), and two players in the Blackhawks system found their way onto the list. Rockford IceHogs defenseman Ville Pokka was ranked No. 24, while 2014 first-round draft pick Nick Schmaltz came in at No. 40.

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POSTED ON Monday, 01.12.2015 / 2:47 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 University of Michigan Athletics)

1st Star: C Tyler Motte, University of Michigan (BIG10)
The Line: 2GP, 4A

Motte found plenty of chemistry with his Wolverines linemates in two big conference wins over the University of Minnesota last weekend. The 2013 fourth-round pick notched two helpers in Friday’s 4-3 overtime victory, then posted two more the next night in a 7-5 shootout. Motte now ranks third on the team with 13 assists and 18 points in 17 games during his sophomore campaign.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 01.6.2015 / 10:52 AM CT
By Harvey Wittenberg - Web Contributor / The Blackhawks Blog
The Blackhawks honored the memory of Clint Reif, an integral part of the dressing room, after his passing on Dec. 21.

While Blackhawks stars such as Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith tend to draw the attention and cheers from the fans, the hard work and effort put in behind the scenes came into focus recently, as the tragic passing of Assistant Equipment Manager Clint Reif deeply impacted the Blackhawks family.

Game in and game out, behind the bench and in the locker room, these staff members don't receive the same amount of praise—except from the players and coaching staff who appreciate their work.

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POSTED ON Monday, 01.5.2015 / 1:06 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 Rockford IceHogs)

1st Star: RW Mark McNeill, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
The Line: 3GP, 1G, 2A

McNeill has rounded back into top form after returning from a lower-body injury, and he helped the IceHogs win two out of three outings last week. McNeill posted the game-winning goal and an assist in Rockford’s 3-0 win over Chicago on Sunday after picking up a helper on the team’s only goal in a 2-1 loss to Hamilton last Tuesday. With Teuvo Teravainen recalled to Chicago, McNeill now ranks second among active roster players with 22 points (11G, 11A) in 23 games this season.

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