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Blackhawks take on inconsistent Bruins on Friday

by Emerald Gao / Digital Content Coordinator

The Blackhawks will close out their annual Father-Son Road Trip in Boston on Friday, where the team will face the Bruins for the first time this season before returning home for a three-game homestand. Chicago is coming off a back-and-forth affair in Denver, a 6-4 win that featured a third-period comeback surge and some outstanding performances by the team's rookies.

Head Coach Joel Quenneville's new-look third line paid off dividends, as Vinnie Hinostroza, Tanner Kero and Marian Hossa combined for 4 of the Blackhawks' 6 goals, two each by the younger duo. Hinostroza recorded both the game-tying and game-winning goals in the third period on Tuesday with his fifth and sixth tallies of the season, and logged a game-high five shots on goal. Kero also scored twice, including an empty-netter to put the game out of reach, and added a helper to establish a career best. He now has five points over his last five games. Hossa, the veteran presence on that line, contributed three helpers to reach 600 for his career, becoming one of seven active skaters to hit the mark; he ranks sixth among them.

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2017 Blackhawks Convention tickets on sale Jan. 27

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that weekend passes for the 10th annual Blackhawks Convention, presented by Magellan Corporation, will go on sale on Friday, Jan. 27, at 10 a.m. The first of its kind in the National Hockey League, the Blackhawks Convention will be held from July 21-23, 2017, at the Hilton Chicago (720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago).

Fans interested in attending can purchase weekend passes online at chicagoblackhawks.com or through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 27. The Convention, which has sold out in each of its first nine years, will feature both current Blackhawks players and alumni throughout the weekend and include numerous autograph and photo sessions, Q&A panels, exhibits and interactive games and much more. Blackhawks players, coaches, executives and alumni are expected to attend.

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Prospect Roundup: Bondra shines for Prince George

by Emerald Gao / Digital Content Coordinator

On Mondays, chicagoblackhawks.com 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 Radovan Bondra, Prince George (WHL)
The Line: 3GP, 2G, 3A

Bondra was acquired by conference-leading Prince George of the Western Hockey League last Tuesday and provided immediate dividends with points in two of his first three games with his new club. The 2015 fifth-round pick posted a goal and an assist in his debut to help the Cougars secure a 4-3 win over Medicine Hat last Wednesday, then collected three points (1G, 2A), including the game-winner, in a 5-4 win over Calgary on Saturday. Bondra has 21 goals and 15 assists in 35 regular-season games split between Prince George and Vancouver this season.

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Blackhawks to honor Roenick with "One More Shift"

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks will host their third edition of "One More Shift," an ode to past alumni that allows fans to recognize them one more time as they skate on the ice, when they host Vancouver Canucks on Sunday, Jan. 22.

Former Blackhawks forward Jeremy Roenick will be the third honoree to join the 2016-17 team on the ice during the anthem after the starting lineup has been announced on Sunday. In addition to skating on the ice in full gear, in-arena elements will also feature Roenick and the era he played in. Blackhawks Ambassador Denis Savard was the first alumni honored with "One More Shift," followed by Steve Larmer.

Roenick played eight of his 20-year National Hockey League career with the Blackhawks and currently ranks ninth in team history in points (596), seventh in goals (267) and 13th in assists (329). Chicago's first-round pick (eighth overall) in the 1988 NHL Draft, his 107-point efforts in 1992-93 and 1993-94 and 103-point effort in 1991-92 share fifth and rank 10th in Blackhawks history, respectively, among single-season scoring leaders. Roenick notched 77 points (35G, 42A) in 82 Stanley Cup Playoff games with Chicago, including 22 points (12G, 10A) in 18 postseason games to help the Blackhawks reach the 1992 Stanley Cup Finals.

After spending eight seasons with Chicago (1988-96), Roenick went on to play for the Arizona Coyotes (1996-2001, 2006-07), Philadelphia Flyers (2001-04), Los Angeles Kings (2005-06) and San Jose Sharks (2007-09), finishing his career with 1,216 points (513G, 703A) in 1,363 regular-season games and 122 points (53G, 69A) in 154 Stanley Cup Playoff games. Roenick's 513 career goals rank fourth all-time among American-born skaters. He also played for Team USA at the 1998 Olympics and 2002 Olympics, collecting a silver medal in 2002 in Salt Lake City. Roenick was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010.

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Blackhawks recall Schmaltz

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have recalled forward Nick Schmaltz from the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs.

Schmaltz has tallied nine points (6G, 3A) in 12 games with the IceHogs this season and currently has a four-game point streak (2G, 2A). He also collected four points (1G, 3A) in 26 games with the Blackhawks this year. Schmaltz made his National Hockey League debut on Oct. 12 vs. St. Louis and notched his first career NHL goal three games later against Nashville on Oct. 15. The Verona, Wis., native was selected by the Blackhawks in the first round (20th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.

The Blackhawks return to action on Sunday when they host the Minnesota Wild at 6 p.m. The game can be seen on NBCSN and heard on WGN Radio.

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One Minute Remaining: Remembering Ken Wharram

by Harvey Wittenberg / Web Contributor

Kenny Wharram passed away at the age of 83 this week. While there aren't a lot fans still around that ever saw him play, I am fortunate to be one. Not to mention, his Hall of Famer teammates -- Bobby Hull, Pierre Pilote, Glenn Hall and Stan Mikita -- have high praise for the speedy right wing who would fit in well in today's game.

He had a tough time breaking into the Chicago lineup in the days when the Blackhawks were known more for being a physical team, and at 5 feet, 9 inches, and only 160 pounds, Kenny didn't seem to fit their style. He ended up playing parts of 14 seasons, appearing in only one game in 1952 at the age of 19 and skating in 29 games in 1953-54. He bounced back and forth with the Buffalo farm team before winning a regular spot in 1958-59, when Stan Mikita made his NHL debut for the last few games of the season.

Head Coach Rudy Pilous united Wharram with Mikita and Ab McDonald for the 1960-61 campaign, when the Blackhawks eventually won the Stanley Cup in Detroit with McDonald getting the Cup-winner in Game 6, and Wharram scored the final goal of the game on a breakaway, unassisted.

Wharram became the first Blackhawks right winger to be named to the NHL All-Star Team, twice -- 1964 and 1967 -- and in fact the only other Blackhawk on the right side to be so honored twice is Patrick Kane.

Wharram also won the Lady Byng Trophy honoring sportsmanship and proficiency when he tallied 39 goals and 71 points in 70 games in 1963-64. Hull and Mikita captured the same award over the next three seasons.

While playing with Mikita and Doug Mohns in 1966-67, the trio set a Blackhawks record for most points in a season by one line with 222 points. Wharram had seven consecutive 20-plus goal seasons, and when he was forced to retire because of a heart condition before the start of the 1969-70 season, he ranked fourth in Blackhawks career goals (252).

Although he retired at the age of 36, he was coming off his second-best season with 30 goals and 39 assists, and like Marian Hossa, who just turned 38, seemed to be on his way to continued success because of his speed.

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Blackhawks face road test against Ovechkin, Capitals

by Emerald Gao / Digital Content Coordinator

After completing a four-game homestand sweep, the Blackhawks will try to take their winning ways on the road, with three of their next four contests away from the United Center. Their first test will be against the surging Washington Capitals, who have won seven consecutive outings, including a confident 5-2 result over division rival Pittsburgh on Wednesday to lift the team into second place in the Metropolitan, one point behind Columbus. With Washington and Chicago tied for second in the overall league rankings (the Capitals do have three games in hand), Friday's tilt should be a high-paced battle between heavyweights from opposing conferences.

The Blackhawks were last in action on Tuesday, when they outlasted the Detroit Red Wings in an end-to-end battle that ended 4-3 in overtime, in which every single skater logged at least one shot on goal. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time this has happened in a regular-season game since March 1997. The 43-36 shot count wasn't exactly flattering to the Blackhawks defense, and they'll need to tighten up against a Washington roster that boasts plenty of goal-scoring potential.

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Blackhawks statement on Ken Wharram

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Blackhawks have released the following statement on the passing of Ken Wharram:

"Kenny Wharram will always be remembered as an important member of this decorated franchise and we are grateful to have him in the Blackhawks family. A member of the 1961 Stanley Cup Championship team, Ken was one of the most consistent scorers throughout his Blackhawks career. Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences go out to the entire Wharram family as we mourn his loss."

Wharram played his entire 14-year National Hockey League career with Chicago and is one of only 11 players to score more than 250 goals wearing a Blackhawks sweater. He played 766 games with the Blackhawks and tallied 252 goals with 281 assists.

Video: Ken Wharram scores final goal of '61 Final

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Crawford, Kane, Keith, Toews named to All-Star Game

Four Blackhawks representatives at NHL All-Star Game mark the most in the NHL

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks will have an NHL-most four representatives at the 2017 NHL All-Star game Sunday, Jan. 29 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Goaltender Corey Crawford, defenseman Duncan Keith and forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews will all represent the Blackhawks in the NHL All-Star Game.

Crawford owns a 14-8-3 record this season alongside a 2.34 goals against average and a .925 save percentage, which is sixth in the league (min. 20 starts). He has collected two shutouts and will be making his second NHL All-Star appearance (2015). In nine straight starts from Oct. 24 - Nov. 13, he posted a record of 7-0-2.

Kane, who will make his sixth appearance in an NHL All-Star Game (2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016), was selected by the fans as a captain of last year's Central Division team. He currently is tied for second in the league in total points with 44. His 32 assists this season also rank second in the NHL. Last year's Hart Memorial Trophy winner for NHL MVP, became the sixth Blackhawks player in team history to record 700 career points when he tallied a goal and assist on Dec. 29.

Keith has tallied 27 assists this season to rank second in the NHL among defensemen. He has played in all 42 Blackhawks games and will be making his fourth appearance in the NHL All-Star Game (2008, 2011, 2015).

Toews, a six-time NHL All-Star (2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016), has 20 points this season (7G, 13A). The Blackhawks Captain ranks fourth in the league (min. 500 faceoffs) with a 58.3 faceoff win percentage. He has tallied two or more points in four games this season and on Jan. 6, he scored his 258th career goal to move him into a tie for ninth on the Blackhawks all-time goal scoring list.

The 2017 NHL All-Star Game will air live on NBC on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 2:30 p.m. CT from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

The Blackhawks return to action tonight when they host the Detroit Red Wings at 7:30 p.m. at the United Center. The game can be seen on WGN TV and heard on WGN Radio as well as Univision America (WRTO AM 1200) with Hector Lozano and Omar Ramos.

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Prospect Roundup: Fortin's strong week in the Q

by Emerald Gao / Digital Content Coordinator

On Mondays, chicagoblackhawks.com 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 Alexandre Fortin, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)
The Line: 3GP, 2G, 5A

Alexandre Fortin has begun the new year impressively, putting together a three-game point streak that netted seven points (2G, 5A) last week. The 19-year-old, who was signed as a free agent in September, was named First Star of the Game in Rouyn-Noranda's 5-2 win over Quebec last Wednesday after posting a goal and an assist; he added three points in a big 8-2 win over the same team on Friday, and rounded out the week with a pair of assists in a 4-3 win over Gatineau on Sunday. Fortin now has 27 points in 27 games this season, eighth on the Huskies.

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