|(Rudi Ayasse / Chicago Blackhawks)|
Everybody was playing their best today; the talent out there is a lot better. My legs are feeling a little bit better from yesterday, and as your legs get better, you get faster. I just want to make myself noticeable. If I have to throw a big hit, I will throw a big hit. If I have to make a nice pass, I will make a nice pass. I’m just doing what I do best, and everybody else is doing the same.
Being from the area, a bunch of people have been coming to watch me at Prospect Camp. My dad was here both days, and my dad’s friend was here for a day along with my friend Brock and his girlfriend.
I was born in the city, and we lived in Lincoln Square for a little bit. We moved to St. Charles when I was about 5 years old, and when I turned 10, we moved to Geneva. That’s pretty much where I grew up, going through the Geneva middle school system until I left.
For my first birthday I got my first pair of skates. I was skating around the rink at about 1 and a half years old, so I have been pretty much skating as soon as I could walk. I played baseball, lacrosse and many other sports growing up, but I liked hockey the most.
I grew up watching the Blackhawks. My family are Blackhawks season ticketholders, so I’ve been to a few games. Of the current players, I look at Marian Hossa a lot and think he plays a great game. I try to model myself after him. There’s a little bit of an awe factor, trying to make my way up the organization, but everybody is a hockey player so I just have to do my best every day and show what I can do.
Team A (Red)
Bondra - Schmaltz - Louis
J. Dahlstrom - Sikura - Radke
Doherty - Bengtsson - Hudson
Semenov - Godovkovs
Snuggerud - Press
C. Dahlstrom - Hultstrom
Valleau - Purmal
Team B (White)
Knott - Motte - Hayden
Olofsson - Johnson - Coughlin
Thomas - Aston-Reese - Hirano
Gilbert - Schlichting
Jensen - Jardine
Norell - Shea
1st Period (25 minutes)
A - Radke 1:19
B - Rooney 12:25
A - Doherty 15:18
B - Jardine 18:40
B - Hayden 24:57
(Team B leads 3-2)
2nd Period (25 minutes)
B - Aston-Reese 2:30
A - J. Dahlstrom 13:49
A - Radke 15:35
A - Radke 15:54
A - Doherty 19:34
(Team A wins 6-4)
Throughout the week, 2015 draft pick Roy Radke will be blogging for chicagoblackhawks.com about his experiences during his first Blackhawks Prospect Camp.
Yesterday we had physical testing and everything, so it was a little difficult to get going on skates. Today you’re a little sore, so everybody is just feeling each other out right now. The talent here is a little bit better than in the OHL. Everybody is a little quicker, a little faster and stronger, so it’s just something I have to get used to.
It feels good to score three goals in my first scrimmage game. It’s a good start to the week. I’m just going to keep building on my confidence and get more comfortable out there. Hopefully I can keep it going.
I am getting more comfortable with the media. There was a lot of media in the Ontario Hockey League; everybody wanted to know who I was and where I was coming from.
I live in Geneva, Illinois, so I have been to the city a lot. Usually I’ll walk around in the city and get something to eat. I really like going to North Avenue Beach. Being from the Chicago area, I know [2013 sixth-round pick] Anthony Louis really well, and he’s my roommate right now at camp. And I played with Nick Schmaltz growing up. I also know Vinny Hinostroza; he’s in the same advisory as I am. I’m familiar with a bunch of guys here and am getting to know more as camp goes on.
It’s been a little over three weeks since the Chicago Blackhawks hoisted the Stanley Cup, but that doesn’t mean everyone has stopped talking about it! Check out this hand-drawn flipbook, made by The Flippist, that illustrates how the Blackhawks clinched the Stanley Cup. Relive Duncan Keith and Patrick Kane’s exciting goals, plus a big stop from Corey Crawford in this animated flipbook!
Every year the Chicago Blackhawks play the same teams from the East Coast to the West Coast, but every now and then they get a chance to take on a new team. Check out this video from 1970, when Tony Esposito and the rest of the squad took on the Sesame Street gang, skating against Cookie Monster, Big Bird and Ernie in a historic matchup.
As if winning hockey's ultimate prize wasn't enough, two Blackhawks welcomed new additions to their families last week. Brent Seabrook and teammate Antoine Vermette both had daughters just days after hoisting the Stanley Cup.
|Brent Seabrook with Kenzie and Carter. (Photo courtesy Seabrook family)|
If Blackhawks fans ever had any doubt about where the Stanley Cup would wind up this year, they should have stuck with the oddsmakers in Vegas who labled Chicago the winner back in September. But like a Hitchcock movie, every game in the final series with Tampa Bay was tense, with twists and turns on every shot off the posts.
To win the coveted Lord Stanley, you need your top players to be their best. However, to capture 16 games over a two month stretch, your supporting cast has to step forward. Going back to the opening round against Nashville, it took the goalscoring of Blackhawks defensemen Duncan Keith (twice) and Brent Seabrook, plus the rookie goaltending of Scott Darling until Corey Crawford took over in Game 6, to eliminate the Predators.
The second round saw the Blackhawks take on the hottest Western Conference team, the Minnesota Wild, who eliminated the division champion St. Louis Blues. The series pattern was set in the opener when rookie Teuvo Teravainen scored his first playoff goal at the 19th minute of the second period for the game winner in a 4-3 decision on the way to a four-game sweep. Corey Crawford made at least 30 saves in every game.
The Western Conference Final had the underdog Blackhawks take on the number-one seeded Anaheim Ducks. This is where the supporting cast stepped up to save the day in overtime, twice. After losing the opener 4-1, fourth-line center Marcus Kruger tallied in the 16th minute of the third overtime -- a franchise record -- to tie the series. Crawford made a team playoff-record 60 saves. And in Game 4, after being scratched the previous game, Antoine Vermette scored the game-winner in the second OT to tie the series. After losing the fifth game, Blackhawks stars Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa registered winning goals in Games 6 and 7, respectively, to take the series.
For the Final, the spotlight swung back to the supporting cast, with Vermette getting the winner with less than 5 minutes remaining in the opener. After dropping the next two, Brandon Saad stepped up with deciding marker 6 minutes into the third period of Game 4 to tie the series. Vermette picked up his third playoff game-winner 2 minutes into the final period of Game 5 for the 3-2 series edge. Keith, Kane and Corey Crawford took over in Game 6 to end the suspense of another Stanley Cup for Chicago fans.
Even Hitchcock couldn't have written a better ending!
Jonathan Toews had a special interview after practice earlier this week, as actor Vince Vaughn stopped by the United Center to ask Captain Serious some not-so-serious questions.
From celebrating his 2010 Olympic gold medal in a crammed room to what goes through his head during the national anthem, Toews gave Vaughn the inside scoop on life as the captain. Vaughn and Toews also debated if the electrifying atmosphere of the United Center is comparable to a rock concert, and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello made a special appearance to give his expertise.
Toews had the opportunity to ask Vaughn a few questions, including his most memorable moment as a fan and what’s it like to be funny. Sounds like No. 19 might be looking for some tips!
Click here to see Bonus Content from the interview.
|(Photo courtesy Versteeg family)
The Blackhawks welcomed a new baby to the family just in time for the Stanley Cup Final! Kris and Brittany Versteeg’s baby boy, Jaxson James, was born this morning in Chicago. Jaxson weighs 7 pounds 9 ounces and is the Versteeg’s first baby. Little Jaxson will be watching a lot of hockey in the upcoming weeks as he cheers on his dad and the rest of the team to another Stanley Cup!
Congratulations, Kris and Brittany!