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BLOG: Development Camp Updates - Day 1

Updates, news, notes, video and more from Day 1 of Development Camp at MB Ice Arena

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

Both Team B and Team A have taken the ice at MB Ice Arena to start the 2018 Development Camp.

Following Team B's morning skate, we spoke with Ian Mitchell about his freshman campaign at the University of Denver. We also caught up with 2018 eighth-overall pick Adam Boqvist and 27th-overall pick Nicolas Beaudin.

At the conclusion of the second on-ice session, we spoke with Henri Jokiharju, Jake Wise and newly acquired MacKenzie Entwistle.

Video: Nicolas Beaudin on his first Development Camp

 Stay tuned for more updates, news, notes, video interviews and blog coverage on chicagoblackhawks.com.

Read our Development Camp Primer for a list of top prospects to watch.

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Video: Lear's Look: Boqvist focused on the future

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View from the Ice: Getting started at Camp

by Jake Wise, with Leah Pascarella / chicagoblackhawks.com

Throughout the week, 2018 draft pick Jake Wise will be blogging for chicagoblackhawks.com about his experiences during his first Blackhawks Development Camp.

The past day and a half in Chicago have been great. It's crazy how well the Blackhawks treat us, even as prospects. Yesterday we started off with fitness testing, toured the new facility and received all of our gear. New gloves, pants... it was so exciting. I had a lot of energy and I think fitness testing went pretty well.

Today was the first on-ice session and I felt great up until I got on the ice. I had new equipment on and was feeling shaky in the beginning. I started to feel better and adjusted as practice went on. Today we did a lot of battles as well as shooting and puck possession drills.

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FEATURE: All eyes on the future blueline

As the first day of Development Camp unfolded, it was clear that a lot of attention was on the Blackhawks' top-end defensive talent

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

If the Blackhawks brass were to look into a crystal ball, intent on seeing the future of their blueline, through the fog would emerge some of the faces you see at this year's Development Camp.

Video: Lear's Look: Boqvist focused on the future

The team's future core on the backend seems destined to contain players like Adam Boqvist, Henri Jokiharju, Nicolas Beaudin and Ian Mitchell - all players whom the club invested some valuable draft capital in.

But there is no crystal ball and you can't see the future, and that's why Development Camp exists.

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BLOG: Mitchell sees improvement in his defensive game

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

A year and some change after being selected 57th overall by the Blackhawks in the 2017 NHL Draft, Ian Mitchell is happy with strides he's made. Now in his second Development Camp in Chicago, the University of Denver blueliner feels he's a changed prospect.

"I think defensively I've gotten a lot better," he said. "Coach (Jim Montgomery), that's what he really harped on me to be more engaged defensively and harder to play against down low. That's something I still have to work on a lot and hopefully here, they give us a lot of tools to try and develop outside of our game defensively. I'm just trying to be a sponge and take it all in here."

Mitchell recorded 30 points (2G, 28A) in 41 games as a freshman this past season. Despite his improvements on the ice, the 19 year-old has no timeline in mind to make it to Chicago full-time. 

"I just want to keep getting better every day," he said. "Obviously, when the time comes I want to be able to make the jump to the NHL as soon as possible, but Denver is a great spot to be. I love it there, so I just want to keep getting better there and see what happens down the road."

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BLOG: Blackhawks prospects honor Emery

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

Blackhawks prospects will wear the number 30 on the backs of their helmets during the 2018 Development Camp this week at MB Ice Arena.

The number is in honor of former NHL goaltender and Stanley Cup champion Ray Emery, who died on Sunday at the age of 35.

Emery played for Chicago during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, winning a championship in 2013.

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BLOG: Remembering Emery

Former Blackhawks Stanley Cup champion goaltender Ray Emery passed away at the age of 35

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

On Sunday, it was announced that former NHL goaltender Ray Emery died at the age of 35 in an apparent drowning.

Emery's NHL career spanned 287 games with four different franchises, including the Blackhawks. He finished his career with a record of 145-86-28, recording a 2.70 goals-against average and .906 save percentage.

"The Chicago Blackhawks organization was deeply saddened to hear of Ray Emery's passing," the team said in an official statement. "We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. The Blackhawks will fondly remember Ray as a fierce competitor, a good teammate and a Stanley Cup champion."

Emery played two seasons in Chicago with his best campaign coming in 2012-13. He started 19 games for the Blackhawks, registering a remarkable record of 17-1-0. In that season, Emery had a save percentage of .922 and GAA of 1.94. He also set an NHL record for most consecutive wins to start a season that year (12)

He, along with Corey Crawford, was awarded the William M. Jennings Trophy for playing on the team that allowed the fewest goals against.

Emery backed up Crawford that season in the playoffs as the club won their second Stanley Cup in three years.

The goaltender was originally a fourth-round pick, 99th overall, of the Ottawa Senators in 2001.

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RELEASE: Chicago Blackhawks statement on Ray Emery

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks have released the following statement on the passing of former goaltender Ray Emery:

"The Chicago Blackhawks organization was deeply saddened to hear of Ray Emery's passing. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. The Blackhawks will fondly remember Ray as a fierce competitor, a good teammate and a Stanley Cup champion."

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FEATURE: 2018 Development Camp primer

Everything you need to know ahead of the 2018 Development Camp at MB Ice Arena

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks will host their 2018 Development Camp at MB Ice Arena (1801 W. Jackson Blvd) from Monday, July 16, to Friday, July 20. A total of 42 players are scheduled to report to this year's camp.

The roster is highlighted by 32 Blackhawks draft picks, featuring all eight of Chicago's 2018 NHL Draft selections.

Video: The 29th Pick

Here are some of the roster highlights, as well as your complete guide to camp:

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FEATURE: Kruger ecstatic about return to Chicago

You could sense the excitement for Marcus Kruger following the news he had been traded back to Chicago

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

It's really a dream scenario for Marcus Kruger.

The 28-year-old Swede had not played a single game for the Arizona Coyotes, so his roots in the desert remain decisively unplanted.

But a city and organization where Kruger most certainly has roots dug deep in the ground is Chicago. It's why when he found out he had been traded back to the Blackhawks after a few short seasons away, Kruger was elated.

Video: Marcus Kruger on returning to Chicago

"Obviously, I'm really excited," he said, speaking to the media via phone call just an hour and a half following the trade announcement. "I couldn't be any more happy. I'm ready to go and I'm just overall real excited to be back."

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RELEASE: Blackhawks and Coyotes complete trade

The Blackhawks announced a trade with Arizona which involves multiple players and assets, including trading Marian Hossa and acquiring Marcus Kruger

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have acquired forwards Marcus Kruger, MacKenzie Entwistle, Jordan Maletta, defenseman Andrew Campbell and a fifth-round pick in the 2019 National Hockey League Entry Draft from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forwards Marian Hossa, Vinnie Hinostroza, defenseman Jordan Oesterle and a third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

Video: Marcus Kruger on returning to Chicago

Kruger, 28, returns to Chicago where he spent seven years with the Blackhawks from 2010-2017, winning two Stanley Cups (2013, 2015). Originally drafted by Chicago in the fifth round (149th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Kruger recorded 105 points (33G, 72A) in 398 games during his time with the Blackhawks. He's appeared in 87 postseason games, all with Chicago, totaling 16 points (6G, 10A). During the 2013-14 campaign, he tallied eight goals and career-highs in assists (20), points (28) and faceoff percentage (56.7 percent).

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