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1st Star: C Brandon Pirri, Rockford (AHL)
The Line: 2GP, 2G, 1A
Pirri extended his point streak to six games and goal streak to three contests with two goals and an assist for the IceHogs over the weekend. The 2009 draft pick opened the scoring in Friday’s 2-1 win over the Chicago Wolves before assisting on the game-winning goal by Garret Ross; the next night, Pirri netted the game-winner in a 4-1 win over Milwaukee. Pirri was named the MVP of the AHL All-Star Game on Feb. 13 after posting three points (2G, 1A) in the combined league roster’s 7-2 win over Sweden’s Farjestad BK.
When Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville registered his 693rd NHL win on Jan. 29 against Vancouver, he moved up to third on the NHL's list of winningest coaches.
In the top six throughout NHL history, five have Chicago connections:
Atop the list is Scotty Bowman, who in 30 seasons saw his teams emerge victorious 1,244 times in regular-season play, in a career capped off with nine Stanley Cups. Scotty coached five different teams and celebrated the Cup five times with Montreal, three with Detroit and once with Pittsburgh. Now with the Blackhawks as a Senior Advisor, you can add two more rings to that haul—plus his son, Stan, is the current GM.
Al Arbour ranks second on the NHL coaching wins list with 782 victories, 740 of which came with the New York Islanders, as he won four straight Stanley Cups (1979-83). Arbour, a defenseman and the only NHL player I know that ever wore glasses, played for the Blackhawks for three seasons, including the 1961 Cup-winning campaign.
As of the Olympic break, Coach Q has registered 695 wins with the Blackhawks, Colorado and St. Louis; he has two Cup titles here, and he was an assistant for the 1996 Colorado title team. Also, Quenneville ranks second in franchise history with 257 victories behind the Blackhawks bench, trailing Billy Reay, who had 516.
To reach third place, Coach Q passed up Hall-of-Famer Dick Irvin, Sr., who had 692 wins and four Stanley Cups—three with Montreal and one in Toronto. Irvin was named the first-ever Blackhawks captain in 1926 and served for three seasons before moving behind the Chicago bench for two years. However, Irvin clashed with GM Bill Tobin five games into the 1931 season and was fired. Irvin was hired shortly after by Toronto and led the Maple Leafs to the 1932 Stanley Cup. The organization brought Irvin back as Chicago's coach for the 1955-56 campaign, but he was in failing health.
The controversial Mike Keenan ranks sixth among the NHL's winningest coaches with 672 victories and one cup with the Rangers. "Iron Mike" is fifth on the Blackhawks coaching list, accruing 153 wins in four campaigns (1988-92) and serving one year as GM.
The only non-Hawks connection in the top six is Pat Quinn, with 684 triumphs in 21 years with five different teams.
While Quenneville is in his 17th season as a coach and his sixth in Chicago, he says he really doesn't keep track of the numbers, but is more interested in bringing home another Stanley Cup to the Blackhawk fans!
With Valentine’s Day this Friday, it’s important to tell the people in your life how much you care about them. If you’re having trouble coming up with the right words to say, then you’re in luck—the Blackhawks Blog has sweet messages for every special Blackhawks fan in your life! Click here for Part 1.
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1st Star: LW Jeremy Morin, Rockford (AHL)
The Line: 3GP, 4G, 2A, +4 plus/minus, first career hat trick
Rockford stretched their victorious streak to a season-long four games with three wins last week, and Morin led the way offensively with his first career hat trick and an assist on Feb. 8 in a 8-3 rout of the Iowa Wild. He added another goal the next night in a 5-4 overtime win against Utica and now leads the team with 15 tallies in just 35 games this season. Morin’s 71 career AHL goals also constitute a franchise record, passing Preston Mizzi’s 69, set during Rockford’s UHL days.
With Valentine’s Day this Friday, it’s important to tell the people in your life how much you care about them. If you’re having trouble coming up with the right words to say, then you’re in luck—the Blackhawks Blog has sweet messages for every special Blackhawks fan in your life. Check back later for Part 2!
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1st Star: C/RW Ryan Hartman, Plymouth (OHL)
The Line: 2GP, 3G
Hartman broke an eight-game scoreless streak last week, netting the opening goal for the Plymouth Whalers in a 3-2 loss to Kingston on Friday; the next night, Chicago’s 2013 first-round pick tallied twice in a 4-3 win over Belleville. Hartman ranks third on the club with 16 goals and 32 points in 35 games this season.
1st Star: C Teuvo Teravainen, Jokerit (SM-liiga)
The Line: 2GP, 1G, 4A
Another big week from Teuvo Teravainen propelled Jokerit to two straight wins, as Chicago’s 2012 first-round pick posted five points (1G, 4A). Teravainen scored his fifth goal of the season and added an assist on Tuesday in a 5-1 win over KalPa, then collected three helpers in a 7-1 win over TPS Turku on Saturday. He continues to lead the team with 31 points (5G, 26A) in 35 games.
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1st Star: C/RW Kevin Hayes, Boston College (H-EAST)
The Line: 2GP, 3G, 4A, +2 plus/minus rating
Hayes, the nation’s second-highest scorer behind only linemate Johnny Gaudreau, added to his career-high numbers last week, compiling seven points (3G, 4A) in two games for Boston College last weekend. The 2010 first-round pick collected two assists on Friday as the Eagles beat crosstown rival BU 6-4; the next night, he netted his first collegiate hat trick plus a pair of helpers in a 7-2 win over Maine. With his weekend contributions, Hayes extended his career-long point streak to 10 games, tallying 10 goals and 14 assists over that span.
Ahead of the second annual Keith Relief Benefit Concert, featuring country singer Lee Brice, Duncan Keith reveals his Top 10 favorite country songs!
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1. Hard to Love, by Lee Brice
Click to see the full list of Keith's favorite country songs!
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1st Star: C/RW Kevin Hayes, Boston College (H-EAST)
The Line: 2GP, 2G, 3A, +3 plus/minus rating
College hockey’s top line kept rolling last weekend, contributing points on seven of BC’s eight goals against Providence and Brown, with 2010 first-round pick Kevin Hayes picking up five points (2G, 3A). On Friday, Hayes assisted on both the Eagles’ opening goal and the game-winning power-play tally, before adding an empty-netter in the 5-2 win over Providence. The next night, he opened the scoring, then notched a helper on the game-tying goal in the third period. Hayes ranks second on the team and third in the NCAA with 35 points (13G, 22A) in 21 games this season.