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Patience paying off for Sikura as he prepares for senior season

by Emerald Gao / Digital Content Coordinator

In hockey, as in life, patience can be a great virtue. Some prospects take longer than others to develop, and not everybody progresses at the same pace.

This was certainly the case for 2014 sixth-round pick Dylan Sikura, who arrived at his first Blackhawks prospect camp four years ago as an undersized 19-year-old. He had just completed three seasons in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) and had plans to matriculate at Northeastern that fall.

"I struggled my first year when I got there," Sikura said. "I was definitely smaller, and it took a little bit of time to adjust, coming from a smaller junior league."

His freshman year yielded just five goals and two assists in 25 games, but he grew into his game the following season, picking up 28 points (10G, 18A) in 39 games as a sophomore to help the Huskies claim the Hockey East title and make the Frozen Four tournament.

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Photos: Blackhawks Prospect Camp On-Ice Sessions Day 3

by Chase Agnello-Dean / Photography Manager

Check out some of the best shots from today's on-ice session at the 2017 Blackhawks Prospect Camp.

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View from the Ice: Draft memories

by Evan Barratt, with Leah Pascarella / chicagoblackhawks.com

Throughout the week, 2017 draft pick Evan Barratt will be blogging for chicagoblackhawks.com about his experiences during his first Blackhawks Prospect Camp.

Today was a big learning day for the group. The focus was on understanding how the Blackhawks play and what their tendencies are on the ice. This is something I'll take home with me and use in my game. We also did a couple of line rushes and battle drills before transitioning to the off-ice workout, where we did kettlebell work and a relay race.

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Photos: Blackhawks Prospect Camp On-Ice Sessions Day 2

by Chase Agnello-Dean / Photography Manager

See what Blackhawks prospects were up to on their second day of on-ice sessions at the 2017 Blackhawks Prospect Camp.

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View from the Ice: Getting my feet under me

by Evan Barratt, with Leah Pascarella / chicagoblackhawks.com

Coming to the rink with more confidence was a big factor for me today for our second on-ice session. When we arrived at Johnny's my group started with the off-ice workout instead of skating first. We did station work with everything from kettlebell swings to push-ups to medicine ball throws. Having the workout first loosens you up and allows you to be ready for the ice, but it doesn't matter to me which part comes first.

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Photos: Brian Campbell retires a Blackhawk

by Chase Agnello-Dean / Photography Manager

Get a behind-the-scenes look as Brian Campbell visited the United Center today to speak in a press conference about his retirement and talk about his new role in the Chicago Blackhawks business operations department. The defenseman was accompanied by his parents, wife, Lauren, and their two daughters, Harper and Everley.

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Photos: Blackhawks Prospect Camp On-Ice Sessions Day 1

by Chase Agnello-Dean / Photography Manager

Blackhawks prospects hit the ice for the first time today at Johnny's IceHouse West for 2017 Prospect Camp. Get a glimpse of the prospects' on-ice sessions as the coaching staff took them through skating, shooting and battle drills.

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View from the Ice: Learning the ropes

by Evan Barratt, with Leah Pascarella / chicagoblackhawks.com

Throughout the week, 2017 draft pick Evan Barratt will be blogging for chicagoblackhawks.com about his experiences during his first Blackhawks Prospect Camp.

I arrived in Chicago a few days ago for my first Blackhawks camp and have been meeting a lot of new players. I'm rooming with Chad Krys, a defenseman who I played with at the U.S. National Team Development Program. He was really one of the only guys I knew coming in, but he came to camp last year after being drafted so he knows how everything works. It's been good having him here, and he's been a lot of help.

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Tickets for Blackhawks Training Camp Festival on sale Friday

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that tickets for the 2017 Blackhawks Training Camp Festival will go on sale on Friday, July 21, at 10:00 a.m. Fans can purchase tickets for $5.00 on chicagoblackhawks.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Fans holding tickets to the tenth annual Blackhawks Convention, presented by Magellan Corporation, may also purchase tickets on-site.

The Blackhawks Training Camp Festival will be held at the United Center on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m. and the first 10,000 fans to enter the building will receive a Patrick Kane bobblehead. The marquee event of the day will allow fans inside the arena to watch a Blackhawks training camp practice and scrimmage. All seating within the United Center will be general admission. Outside, the Festival will include appearances from Blackhawks Alumni, live music, food and drink and entertainment for fans of all ages.

More information regarding the 2017 Blackhawks Training Camp Festival at the United Center will be available later on chicagoblackhawks.com.

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Brian Campbell to join Blackhawks front office

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell announced today his retirement following 17 seasons in the National Hockey League. Campbell will join the Chicago Blackhawks business operations department, assisting with various marketing, community relations and youth hockey initiatives.

"We are excited that Brian will continue to be a part of the organization," said Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough. "After a brilliant career on the ice, Brian will remain an important part of our franchise."

Campbell, 38, finished his NHL career with 504 career points (87G, 417A) in 1,082 games. He played 295 games in four seasons with the Blackhawks (2008-2011 and 2016-17), tallying 24 goals and 110 assists. He was a member of the Blackhawks 2010 Stanley Cup Champion team and collected the primary assist on Patrick Kane's series-clinching goal. On January 22, 2017, he recorded his 500th career point and on April 5, 2016, appeared in his 1,000th career NHL game. The defenseman appeared in four NHL All Star Games: 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012.

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