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DeBrincat becomes youngest Blackhawks Player of the Year Award winner

by Austin Siegel /

Alex DeBrincat became the youngest Blackhawks "Player of the Year" Award winner in history on Monday afternoon at the 2018 Keith Magnuson Blackhawk Alumni Scholarship Luncheon.

DeBrincat joined the ranks of Denis Savard, Steve Larmer, Marian Hossa and three-time winner Patrick Kane at the annual event, which was held at the United Center. His 25 goals this season rank seventh in Blackhawks rookie history and he is tied with Patrick Kane for the team lead during the 2017-18 season.

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Game Notes: March 20 vs. Colorado Avalanche

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations /


The Blackhawks fell to the St. Louis Blues 5-4 in overtime Sunday night at the United Center. Chicago is now 7-9 in overtime games this year. Alex DeBrincat netted his third career hat trick, while David Kampf added a goal. J-F Berube stopped 36 shots in the loss.


Chicago holds a 36-39-3-9 mark all-time against Colorado, including a 21-16-1-6 record at home. The Blackhawks are 1-1-0 in two contests against the Avalanche this season. Jonathan Toews paces the team with two points (1G, 1A) in those two matchups, and holds the team lead with 40 career points (20G, 20A) in 39 games against Colorado. Anton Forsberg has a 0-1-0 record against the Avalanche in his career.


DeBrincat recorded three goals against the Blues to become the first rookie in franchise history with three hat tricks in a single season. He also joined Tony Granato as the second U.S.-born rookie in NHL history to total three hat tricks in season. His 25 goals rank seventh all-time in Blackhawks rookie history. He shares second in goals among league rookies and is tied for the team lead with Patrick Kane. The last Chicago rookie to lead the team in goals was Tuomo Ruutu when he recorded 23 goals during the 2003-04 season.


Vinnie Hinostroza logged a helper against St. Louis on Sunday night. He has notched career bests in goals (7), assists (17) and points (24) in 41 games this season.


  • Kampf had a goal against the Blues. He now has three goals in eight games against the Central Division and 11 points (4G, 7A) overall this season.
  • Tomas Jurco picked up two assists for his first multi-point effort of the year. He has a point (1G, 2A) in consecutive games and eight points (4G, 4A) this season.
  • Nick Schmaltz recorded his 28th helper of the year and has now registered an assist in two of his last three skates. He ranks third on the Blackhawks with 48 points this year.
  • Duncan Keith notched two assists on Sunday night. He has six two-assist games this season. It was his second and third helper against the Blues this year. He has 31 points (1G, 30A) this season.
  • Jordan Oesterle had an assist on Sunday night. It was his second consecutive game with a point (1G, 1A). He has five goals and nine helpers in 47 games this year.
  • Artem Anisimov registered his ninth assist of the year and now has 29 points this season.
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Highmore leaves Sunday's game with injury

by Eric Lear /

Matthew Highmore left Sunday's tilt against St. Louis in the second period with an injury and did not return.

The forward was on the ice for just nine shifts for a total TOI of 5:44 before leaving the game. The rookie was playing in his 10th game of the season after being recalled from Rockford on Feb. 26. Highmore netted 21 goals in an IceHogs sweater, a rookie franchise record.

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Game Notes: March 18 vs. St. Louis Blues

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations /


The Blackhawks fell to the Sabres 5-3 on Saturday afternoon at the KeyBank Center. Jordan Oesterle, Tomas Jurco and Jonathan Toews notched one goal apiece, while J-F Berube made 27 saves in the loss.


Chicago holds a 147-115-35-10 mark all-time against St. Louis, including an 89-42-18-5 record at home. The Blackhawks were defeated by the Blues 5-2 in the first contest of the season on Oct. 18. Patrick Kane holds the team lead with 52 career points (19G, 33A) in 54 games against St. Louis. Berube has appeared in one game against the Blues in his career.


Since his NHL debut in 2007, Kane leads active players in points against St. Louis, while Toews shares second with 39 points (14G, 25A) in 52 games against the Blues. One or both players have scored for Chicago in nine of the team's last 10 games against St. Louis.


Oesterle scored his fifth goal of the season on Saturday afternoon. He ranks second among Chicago defensemen in goals this year, setting a career high with 13 points (5G, 8A) in 46 games.


  • Toews recorded his 13th multi-point performance of the season with a goal and an assist against the Sabres. It was his 11th point (4G, 7A) and fifth multi-point effort over his last eight games. His five shots on goal shared the team lead. He now has 51 points (20G, 31A) this year. He has tallied at least 20 goals in each season of his career and reached the 50-point plateau in 10 of his 11 NHL seasons.
  • Jurco netted a goal on Saturday for his sixth point (4G, 2A) on the year. He has four goals over his last 10 games.
  • Kane tallied two assists to extend his point streak (1G, 5A) to four games. It was his team-leading 19th multi-point outing this season. He now has 69 points (25G, 44A) to lead the team during the 2017-18 campaign.
  • Brandon Saad picked up his 31st point (16G, 15A) of the year with an assist. He now has a point in back-to-back games (1G, 1A).
  • Connor Murphy picked up his 10th assist of the year. It was his 11th point of the campaign.
  • Duncan Keith paced the team with 21:56 of time on ice and led the team with five blocked shots against Buffalo. It was his seventh consecutive game with at least one blocked shot. He ranks second on the team with 141 blocks this year.
  • Connor Murphy matched a season high and shared the team lead with five shots on goal on Saturday.
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Blackhawks to wear St. Patrick's Day jerseys during warm-ups on March 18

Blackhawks will also host Go Green Game on March 20

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations /

The Chicago Blackhawks will wear one-of-a-kind green St. Patrick's Day warm-up jerseys on Sunday, March 18, before hosting the St. Louis Blues at the United Center at 6:30 p.m.

Each autographed warm-up jersey will be auctioned off online. All jerseys will be auctioned off to fans on from Sunday, March 18, through Sunday, April 1, with all proceeds benefitting the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation. Select green apparel will be available for purchase at United Center retail locations including the Madhouse Team Store and Blackhawks Store located by section 117, in addition to the Michigan Avenue location.

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Game Notes: March 17 at Buffalo Sabres

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations /


The Blackhawks fell to the Jets 6-2 on Thursday night at Bell MTS Place. Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp were the goal scoreres for Chicago. Anton Forsberg made three saves in the loss and J-F Berube made 30 saves in relief.


Chicago holds a 54-52-13-1 mark all-time against Buffalo, including an 19-34-7-0 record on the road. The Blackhawks defeated the Sabres 3-2 in overtime in the first contest of the season on Dec. 8. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane share the Chicago lead with 15 career points (8G, 7A) each against Buffalo. Berube has a 0-0-1 record against Buffalo in his career.


The Blackhawks last played on St. Patrick's Day in 2015, when Toews registered a four-point (2G, 2A) performance to lead the team to a 4-1 win over the Islanders at the United Center. The Winnipeg native has notched eight games with 4 or more points in his career.


Sharp has tallied three assists in four games for the Blackhawks on St. Patrick's Day while, Kane has one assist in three career appearances on St. Patrick's Day.


Over his last three games against his hometown team, Kane has registered five points (2G, 3A) in two multi-point outings. Since his debut in 2007-2008, the Blackhawks have a 13-2-0 record against the Sabres.


  • Saad netted a goal 11 seconds into the game against Winnipeg, the fastest goal to start a game this season for Chicago. Saad now has at least 30 points (16G, 14A) for the fifth consecutive season in his career.
  • Sharp scored his ninth goal of the year on Thursday. He now has three points (2G, 1A) in his last four games. It was his 19th point (9G, 10A) of the season.
  • Kane extended his point streak (1G, 3A) to three games with an assist on Thursday night. He now has six separate point streaks of three or more games this season. He leads the Blackhawks with 67 points (25G, 42A) on the year.
  • Nick Schmaltz added an assist against the Jets. He ranks third for Chicago with 47 points (20G, 27A) this season.
  • Connor Murphy picked up his 10th assist of the year. It was his 11th point of the campaign.
  • John Hayden registered his 13th point (4G, 9A) of the season with an assist.
  • Erik Gustafsson matched a career-high and led the team with five shots on goal.
  • Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook shared the team lead with three blocked shots each.
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Stevenson faces Loyola Academy Gold for 2018 HS Hockey State Championship

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations /

In conjunction with the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI), the Chicago Blackhawks will host the 2018 Illinois State High School Hockey Championships, presented by Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Chevy Dealers, at the United Center on Saturday, March 24. The Boys State Championship will feature Stevenson squaring off against Loyola Academy Gold at 3 p.m.

The Boys Red Division State Championship game will be broadcasted live on NBC Sports Chicago and streamed on with Chris Boden and Jamal Mayers on the call. March 24 at the United Center will feature a full day of hockey with the Illinois Girls' State Championship (Glenbrook vs. New Trier, 11:30 a.m.), the Boys' Red Division State Championship (Stevenson vs. Loyola Academy Gold, 3 p.m.) and the Boys' combined Division State Championship (Waubonsie/Metea Valley High Schools vs. Buffalo Grove/Hersey/Wheeling High Schools, 5:00 p.m.).

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Game Notes: March 15 at Winnipeg Jets

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations /


The Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins 3-1 on Sunday afternoon at the United Center. It was the ninth time this year that they have recorded at least two power-play goals in a game. Artem Anisimov, Patrick Kane and Brent Seabrook netted goals for Chicago while Anton Forsberg turned aside 31 of 32 shots. It was his sixth start this season allowing one or fewer goals.


Chicago holds a 13-9-0-0 mark all-time against Winnipeg, including an 8-2-0-0 record on the road. The Blackhawks have a 2-0-0 record against the Jets this season. Kane, Nick Schmaltz and David Kampf have each tallied one goal and one assist over those two contests. Kane paces Chicago with 22 points (10G, 12A) in 21 career games against Winnipeg. Forsberg has not faced the Jets in his career.


Anisimov picked up his 20th goal of the year with a marker against the Bruins and now shares third on the team in goals. It is his third consecutive season and fourth overall with at least 20 goals. He has recorded a career-best 22 goals in a season twice in his career (2013-14 and 2016-17). The 29-year-old has tallied points (1G, 1A) in back-to-back games.


Erik Gustafsson registered two assists for his second consecutive multi-point effort. He has five points (1G, 4A) over his last two skates, the most over any two-game stretch in his career. The Nynashamn, Sweden, native has nine points (2G, 7A) in as many games against Eastern Conference opponents this season. He now has 11 points (3G, 8A) during the 2017-18 campaign.


  • Kane notched a goal and an assist vs. Boston. It was his team leading 18th multi-point performance of the season. He has 36 points (15G, 21A) in 30 games against the Eastern Conference this year. He has at least a point (1G, 2A) in back-to-back games and 11 points (3G, 8A) in his last 10 outings.
  • Seabrook netted his fourth goal of the year on Sunday and now has a point (1G, 1A) in two straight games. He has 21 points on the season.
  • Jonathan Toews totaled three assists against the Bruins. It was his second straight game with a point as he recorded a goal on Saturday. He has three multi-point performances over his last six games, including two with a season-best three points. Across his last six games he has nine points (3G, 6A). Toews also went 16-for-21 (76 percent) at the faceoff dot on Sunday vs. Boston. It was the seventh time this year that he won at least 70% of his draws in a game.
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Prospect Roundup: Sikura continues production with trio of goals

by Nick Merlina /

Every week, will highlight players who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college or European teams in the previous week's action. All prospect/system stats will be updated weekly throughout the season.

1st Star: LW Dylan Sikura, Northeastern (NCAA)
The Line: 2 GP, 3G, 1A
Sikura's offensive play was a highlight in Northeastern's back-to-back victories over Massachusetts this past weekend. The Hobey Baker hopeful tallied two goals in a tilt for the sixth time this season, including the game-winner, in a 3-2 win over the Minutemen in their first matchup. He followed up that performance with another goal and the game-winning assist to down UMass 7-2 one night later. Sikura leads the Huskies with 32 assists on the season while his +23 and overall points (52) rank second for the squad.

2nd Star: RW Matheson Iacopelli, Indy (ECHL)
The Line: 2 GP, 3G
Iacopelli registered a trio of goals over the Fuel's past two games and was credited with the game-winner in both matchups. He recorded his third multi-point effort in the ECHL with two goals in a 5-2 victory over Cincinnati. The winger picked up another goal in overtime against Kalamazoo to give Indy their second win of the weekend. Iacopelli's nine goals in nine games with the Fuel have earned him a call-up to the Rockford IceHogs, where he took the ice a night after recording his second game-winning goal in as many games.

3rd Star: D Chad Krys, Boston University (NCAA)
The Line: 2 GP, 1G, 2A
Krys was monumental in the Terriers overtime win over UConn. The defenseman collected a pair of assists and also the game-tying goal with less than four minutes to play in the tilt, forcing overtime where BU emerged victorious. The performance gives Krys 25 points (7G, 18A) for the season.

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Delia's persistence paying off

by Nick Merlina /

One would imagine that approaching Collin Delia to discuss his recent success would result in smiles. Rather, you are greeted more stoically. While the work he has put in warrants the attention, he knows it is a long process to reach his ultimate goal.

"Yesterday's successes get erased when you fall asleep," Delia said. "You wake up the next morning and it starts all over again. Having that mindset moving forward has really helped my development."

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