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Blackhawks to take part in Chicago Pride Parade

Retired forward Daniel Carcillo, members of front office will march in 48th annual event

by Brian Hedger / Correspondent

CHICAGO -- He doesn't know what Float 36 looks like yet, but former Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo will walk along with it Sunday in the 48th annual Chicago Pride Parade.

Carcillo, who now assists the Blackhawks as a community liaison, will be accompanied by members of the front office as they join the Chicago Gay Hockey Association's contingent of marchers.

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Blackhawks select eight players on Saturday at 2017 NHL Draft

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The Chicago Blackhawks completed the 2017 NHL Draft on Saturday, the first ever held in the city of Chicago. The two-day NHL Draft and Fan Fest, including the League's Centennial Fan Arena attracted a record weekend crowd of 47,514 fans.

Chicago selected eight players on Saturday; defenseman Ian Mitchell (57th overall), forward Andrei Altybarmakyan (70th overall), center Evan Barratt (90th overall), forward Tim Söderlund (112th overall), defenseman Roope Laavainen (119th overall), forward Parker Foo (144th overall), defenseman Jakub Galvas (150th overall) and defenseman Josh Ess (215th overall).


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Photos: Patrick Kane at the 2017 NHL Draft

by Chase Agnello-Dean / Photography Manager

Go behind-the-scenes with Patrick Kane as he visits Fan Fest and makes a surprise appearance at Round 1 of the 2017 NHL Draft with Jonathan Toews.

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Photos: Blackhawks select Henri Jokiharju in Round 1

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Defenseman Henri Jokiharju had a busy draft night after being selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft. The 18-year-old Tampere, Finland, native led the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League tallied 48 points (9G, 39A) and four power-play goals in 71 regular-season games this past season. Read more about Henri Jokiharju.

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Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane surprise fans, make Blackhawks pick

General manager Stan Bowman stepped aside to let veteran players announce selection @NHL

Toews and Kane announce pick

Toews and Kane announce the Blackhawks' first pick

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane announce the Blackhawks' first round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, defenseman Henri Jokiharju

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The Chicago Blackhawks added a little hometown flair to the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas by surprising the crowd with a couple of familiar faces.

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Verdict: Generations of Blackhawks draft picks converge on Day 1

by Bob Verdi / Team Historian

Nico, Miro, Jusso, Urho.

These are names to be played later, but the one that matters most to the Blackhawks now is Henri Jokiharju, their first prize in Friday night's National Hockey League Draft at the United Center, where evidence of the sport's globalization was all over the board.

The Blackhawks have been watching Jokiharju for a while -- as recently as earlier this week at drills held nearby. But he's been watching them too.

"When they won the Stanley Cup in 2010, I saw them on TV," the Finnish right defenseman said. "It was maybe four in the morning at home in Helsinki. I became a fan of them then, the way they play, the style. Now to be selected by them, it's unbelievable."

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Blackhawks select Henri Jokiharju in Round 1 of the 2017 NHL Draft

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations /

The Chicago Blackhawks have selected defenseman Henri Jokiharju (joh-kee-HAHR-yew) from the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League in the first round (29th overall) of the 2017 National Hockey League Draft presented by adidas at United Center on Friday night. Additionally, the Blackhawks acquired the 29th- and 70th- overall selections of the 2017 NHL Draft from the Dallas Stars in exchange for the 26th overall selection of the 2017 NHL Draft.

Jokiharju, 18, paced all WHL rookie defensemen with 48 points (9G, 39A) and four power-play goals in 71 regular-season games this past season. The Tampere, Finland, native registered eight multi-point games and finished fourth on the Winterhawks with a +14 plus/minus rating during his first season. Jokiharju added three assists in 11 postseason contests.

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NHL to sponsor studies to explore establishing future D-I hockey programs

University of Illinois first to participate in initiative to grow game at college level

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced on Friday that the League and the NHL Players' Association will sponsor feasibility studies to explore establishing future NCAA Division I college hockey programs on campuses across the United States.

The announcement was made during a press conference prior to the start of the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas at United Center. 

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Bowman discusses a day of big trades, high emotions

by Chicago Blackhawks Staff /

During Blackhawks Senior Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman's press conference to address a morning of surprising trades, he began by saying that it was a day of "high emotions." It was a succinct way to characterize the trade that sent long-serving defenseman and three-time Stanley Cup winner Niklas Hjalmarsson to Arizona in exchange for a pair of younger players, including 24-year-old Connor Murphy, a former first-round pick.

Bowman wasn't done, however, and less than an hour later he sent dynamic winger Artemi Panarin to Columbus to secure the return of Brandon Saad, a two-time champion with the Blackhawks, in a trade that also swapped forward Tyler Motte for goalie prospect Anton Forsberg.

Below is a partial transcription of Bowman's comments regarding the trades.

"Moving forward, we're very excited for these trades that we made -- in particular, bringing back a player that everybody's familiar with in Brandon Saad. It's pretty well-documented how well he fit into our group.

Connor Murphy is an individual that I've had the chance to see up close for the last couple of years, working with USA Hockey at the World Championship. He was the captain of that team this year. Connor is a very impressive young man; he's got a lot of character, leadership, very articulate, very engaging person. His hockey game is something we don't have a lot of. We really like his size, his physicality, his overall game, and we're looking forward to seeing him in a Blackhawk jersey.

In addition, we have a younger player from Arizona, Laurent Dauphin, a centerman who is just breaking through to the NHL. I think he's looking for that full-time role next year and we're hoping he's ready for that as well. He does a little bit of everything; he's a responsible player but has some skill, size and speed. Finally, we got a goaltender in Anton Forsberg, who has great potential. I think his time is now. He's had a couple years to work his way up, he's had tremendous success at the American Hockey League level, and now he has the chance at the NHL level.

We feel that we've pushed our franchise forward with these moves, and there's a lot of reason for excitement and optimism."

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Blackhawks giving back to community with new practice facility

Building will provide place for local youth, school programs to learn, play hockey

by Brian Hedger / Correspondent

CHICAGO -- A couple blocks south of United Center, there's a sleek new building with windows that glimmer in the morning sun. Inside, construction crews continue working on the Chicago Blackhawks Community Ice Arena, a $65 million project nearly two years in the making.

When it's finished at the end of this year, the Blackhawks will get a new practice facility and the local community will get a state-of-the-art rink to learn and play hockey.

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