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Marian Hossa's Hall candidacy bolstered by third Cup

Monday, 06.15.2015 / 10:57 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane picked three ways to describe Chicago Blackhawks teammate Marian Hossa.

"The ultimate hockey player, the ultimate teammate, the ultimate human being," Kane said between games of the Stanley Cup Final. "He's got everything."

Hossa will soon be given his third championship ring after helping the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup for the third time since 2010 on Monday at United Center, defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 in Game 6.

The forward's credentials are enough to earn him the distinction as one of the greatest players in Blackhawks history. They're also enough to crown him the unquestioned king of hockey in Slovakia, according to fellow Slovak and Los Angeles Kings forward Marian Gaborik.

"I think so, definitely," Gaborik told "It means more for us, for fans and for the city [of Trencin, Slovakia], for his close people, but it obviously means a lot as well for Slovakia. Now he's got a third [Stanley Cup]. It's huge, definitely.

"People are big fans of his. Everybody roots for him."

Blackhawks built through draft, smart signings

Monday, 06.15.2015 / 10:56 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks long ago built the foundation for a roster capable of winning the Stanley Cup three times in six seasons.

Eight players won the Cup for a third time with the Blackhawks when they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 in Game 6 of the Final at United Center on Monday. Five of those players were drafted by Chicago and six have been with the Blackhawks for at least seven seasons.

Through the roster upheavals the Blackhawks have endured, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson have remained, considered the core of the closest thing the NHL has seen to a modern dynasty.

The NHL Draft has been critical to Chicago's success. Twelve of the 25 players who appeared in at least one 2015 Stanley Cup Playoff game were drafted and developed by the Blackhawks.

Joel Quenneville adds to legacy with latest Cup win

Monday, 06.15.2015 / 10:54 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Joel Quenneville isn't always the first name mentioned among the NHL's best coaches, but the coach of the Chicago Blackhawks bolstered his case after winning the Stanley Cup for the third time Monday.

After 18 seasons, Quenneville has an NHL coaching legacy few of his peers can match.

The 2-0 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at United Center is the latest jewel, but his collection of coaching gems is gaudy to say the least.

Quenneville is third in NHL regular-season wins (754) and Stanley Cup Playoff wins (115), trailing Scotty Bowman and Al Arbour in each category.

Nearly a month ago, the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Mike Babcock to an eight-year contract reportedly worth $50 million, which made some wonder what Quenneville might be worth on the open market.

Blackhawks have strong case to be called 'dynasty'

Monday, 06.15.2015 / 10:53 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

CHICAGO -- With no official guidelines for what a dynasty is, the debate about which teams belong in that category are often the topic of intense debate among fans.

"It's one of those things that makes great conversation," Hockey Hall of Fame center Bryan Trottier told

Trottier should know; he was a key player on one of the NHL teams universally called a dynasty. His New York Islanders won Stanley Cup four straight years, from 1980-83.

Those Islanders are joined by the Montreal Canadiens of 1970s, with four championships from 1976-79; and the Edmonton Oilers, with five championships from 1984-90. The Detroit Red Wings won three championships in six seasons (1997-98, 2002) and are labeled a dynasty in many hockey circles.

Where do these Chicago Blackhawks fit among hockey's greatest teams?

They have won the 2010, 2013 and the 2015 Stanley Cup. They clinched their third championship in the past six seasons with a Game 6 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at United Center on Monday.

Canadiens, Mitchell agree to terms on contract

Monday, 06.15.2015 / 7:03 PM / News

MONTREALMontreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Monday that the team has agreed to terms on a three-year contract with forward Torrey Mitchell (2015/16 to 2017/18).

"We are very pleased to have come to terms on a multi-year agreement with Torrey Mitchell. Torrey is a versatile player who has a great deal of speed and experience. He was an excellent addition to our group of forwards last season, and offered a solid performance during the playoffs" said general manager Marc Bergevin.

Mitchell, 30, recorded 14 points (6 goals and 8 assists) in 65 regular season games with the Buffalo Sabres and the Canadiens in 2014-15, averaging 14:11 minutes of ice time per game. He scored two game-winners and was assessed 34 penalty minutes. He also played in the Canadiens' 12 playoff games, recording five points (1 goal, 4 assists).

To read more from the Canadiens website, CLICK HERE.

President Obama tweets support for Blackhawks

Monday, 06.15.2015 / 6:58 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

President Barack Obama used his Twitter account to show support for his hometown Chicago Blackhawks on Monday.

Obama took to @BarackObama about an hour before Game 6 on Monday to tweet, "Let's. Go. Hawks," accompanied by a picture of First Lady Michelle Obama prior to the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Blackhawks and Washington Capitals.

PHOTO: Stanley Cup goes through airport security

Monday, 06.15.2015 / 5:20 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

The Stanley Cup made it through airport security this morning on its way to Chicago and United Center, where the Chicago Blackhawks can win it against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Final (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

The Blackhawks are trying to win the Cup at home for the first time since 1938, against the Toronto Maple Leafs.


Stars sign defenseman Jokipakka to two-year contract

Monday, 06.15.2015 / 2:49 PM / News

The Dallas Stars have signed Jyrki Jokipakka to a two-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Jokipakka, 23, made his NHL debut in the 2014-15 season, posting 10 points in 51 games with Dallas. The defenseman opened the 2014-15 campaign with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League, registering five points in 19 AHL contests. Jokipakka also represented Finland at the 2015 IIHF World Championship in the Czech Republic, where he tallied two points and a plus-2 rating in eight games on the international stage.

To read more from the Stars website, CLICK HERE.

Red Wings have depth to explore trades: report

Monday, 06.15.2015 / 2:49 PM / News

The Detroit Red Wings are in a good position to explore trades because of the depth within the organization, general manager Ken Holland said in a story published by on Monday.

In addition to young talent, the Red Wings have five picks in the 2015 NHL Draft, which will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

"We're probably in a better position to explore trades than we were at any point in time because of the depth of our organization," Holland said. "But I don't want anyone to think, 'They're making trades,' because the trades have got to make sense."

Stars name Jeff Reese goaltending coach

Monday, 06.15.2015 / 2:40 PM / News

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today the appointment of Jeff Reese as Goaltending Coach. Previous Goaltending Coach Mike Valley will remain with the organization, transitioning to Director of Goaltending Development. The announcement rounds out Head Coach Lindy Ruff's coaching staff for the 2015-16 regular season along with Assistant Coaches Curt Fraser and James Patrick and Video Coach Kelly Forbes.

Reese, 49, spent the last six seasons as the goaltending coach for the Philadelphia Flyers before departing in March. In that time, his goaltenders combined to post a 228-161-52 record with a 2.63 goals against average, a .910 save percentage and 20 shutouts. In his time with Philadelphia, he was pivotal in the development of Steve Mason and Sergei Bobrovsky.

To read more from the Stars website, CLICK HERE.

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