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View from the Ice: A new challenge every day

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.

Last night I went out for a team dinner with all of the prospects. All of us walked to the restaurant in a large group downtown, and people were looking at us so that was pretty funny. The Blackhawks treated us to a bunch of appetizers, and I got a nice big steak for dinner.

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10th Annual Blackhawks Convention set for this weekend

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The 10th annual Chicago Blackhawks Convention will take place at the Hilton Chicago (720 S. Michigan Ave.) from Friday, July 21, to Sunday, July 23, with over 10,000 fans expected to attend.

The sold-out event, which is the first of its kind in the National Hockey League, will feature players, coaches and Blackhawks Alumni, along with team broadcasters and executives. The weekend includes 13 Q&A panels with players and front office staff, autograph and photo opportunities, an area dedicated to interactive games (Salon A) and over 40 vendors (Salon D). WGN Radio AM-720 will broadcast live from Salon A on Friday and the Continental Ballroom on Saturday, featuring Blackhawks guests throughout the weekend.

The 2017 Blackhawks Convention officially launches for media attending with a social that includes all current players and coaches on Friday in the Waldorf Room from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Master of Ceremonies and Blackhawks TV Color Analyst Eddie Olczyk will host the Opening Ceremonies in the International Ballroom beginning at 5:00 p.m. The Opening Ceremonies will also be carried live on CSN Chicago and WGN Radio. Seven panels located in the International Ballroom will be streamed live on chicagoblackhawks.com and mobile devices via the Official Blackhawks App throughout the weekend. For more information, please visit chicagoblackhawks.com.

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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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