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IceHogs announce training camp schedule

by Eric Mueller / Rockford IceHogs

Chicago Blackhawks General Manager of Minor League Affiliations Mark Bernard announced today the 2016 training camp schedule and roster for the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. The IceHogs start their 18th overall season of professional hockey in Rockford, and 10th in the AHL as the top affiliate of the Blackhawks, on Sunday, Oct. 2 at the BMO Harris Bank Center.

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Blackhawks to broadcast 14 games on Univision Chicago

by Chicago Blackhawks /

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today a 14-game Spanish-language radio broadcast partnership with Univision Chicago, in conjunction with WGN Radio AM-720, which starts on Wednesday, Oct. 12, when the Blackhawks host the St. Louis Blues at 7 p.m. Univision America (WRTO AM 1200) is Chicago's only Spanish-language, full-service news/talk radio station. The game action will be called by Univision sports commentators Hector Lozano and Omar Ramos. The Blackhawks and Univision Chicago paired up for the team's first-ever Spanish-language radio broadcast on Univision America last season on March 6 vs. the Detroit Red Wings.

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Late goal sinks Blackhawks rookies vs. Wild

by Emerald Gao /

Traverse City, Mich.-Without their trio of captains-Tyler Motte, Nick Schmaltz and Gustav Forsling-as well as injured defenseman Carl Dahlstrom, the Blackhawks were shorthanded on both offense and defense when they faced the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday afternoon. And despite the final score of 3-1, it was a due to a strong group effort that the rookies held their own for 59 minutes and 22 seconds, only to concede the game-winner on a tough break.

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Rookies drop round-robin finale

Luke Johnson, John Dahlstrom score in loss

by Emerald Gao /

Traverse City, Mich.-The Blackhawks hung on the best they could on Monday afternoon against the two-time defending tournament champions, but a 3-2 loss to Columbus means Chicago won't get their hands on any silverware this year at the Rookie Tournament.

As they've done for all three games this weekend, the Blackhawks scored the first goal of the game. Luke Johnson, on a typically intense penalty-killing shift, drove into the slot and wristed the opening tally. Just 37 seconds later, forward John Dahlstrom made it 2-0 off an assist by Radovan Bondra.

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Rookie Tournament: Lines and notes vs. Columbus

Blackhawks compete for chance to play in Tuesday's championship game

by Emerald Gao /

For Monday's tilt against Columbus, the final game of the group stage, the Blackhawks won't deviate much from the lineup that prevailed 5-0 against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, with just two changes, one on the fourth line and one on defense. Center Nick Schmaltz remains out of the lineup with an injury, and Jake Hildebrand will resume starting duties in net. Here are the lines:

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Fortin, Forsling lead Chicago to 5-0 win over Detroit

Blackhawks will enjoy rest day before concluding group play against Columbus

by Emerald Gao /

Traverse City, Mich.-In a short competition like the Rookie Tournament, lessons are best learned quickly, and the Blackhawks successfully turned the page on an inconsistent opening effort with a 5-0 win over the the Red Wings on Saturday.

Detroit actually manufactured the game's first scoring opportunity, hitting the post almost immediately after puck drop, but Chicago recovered and played with much of the same pace they showed in Friday's loss to St. Louis.

Early pressure paid off as free-agent invitee Alexandre Fortin lanced a wrist shot past the Red Wings netminder just 5 minutes into the tilt. Fortin was a standout at Prospect Camp in July, but struggled to stand out in Friday's contest. Saturday, he said, he just "kept it simple." That strategy included corralling a gift-wrapped puck in front of Detroit's net late in the first period and calmly slotting it home for his second tally of the period.

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Strong start not enough for rookies in 3-2 loss

Roy Radke and Tyler Motte score for the Blackhawks against St. Louis

by Emerald Gao /

Traverse City, Mich.-They may not have won the game, but there were plenty of positives to take away from the Blackhawks rookies' 3-2 loss to St. Louis on Friday night at Centre Ice Arena.

First, there was the 34-19 shot differential, partially established after a blistering first period that saw Chicago outshoot St. Louis 12-4. The pace was set on the very first shift of the night, when defenseman Gustav Forsling sent a quick shot in from the blue line that was tipped neatly on goal by Alex DeBrincat, the Blackhawks' top draft pick this summer.

DeBrincat was joined on the top line by Tyler Motte, who was named team captain for the tournament, and alternate Nick Schmaltz; Forsling is the other alternate.

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2016 Rookie Tournament: Lines set for first matchup

Nick Schmaltz, Tyler Motte, Alex DeBrincat to feature on Blackhawks' top line

by Emerald Gao /

Traverse City, Mich.-The Blackhawks will kick off their 2016 Rookie Tournament on Friday evening against the St. Louis Blues, with the following lines slated to start the game:

Tyler Motte -- Nick Schmaltz -- Alex DeBrincat
Radovan Bondra -- Graham Knott -- Alexandre Fortin
John Dahlstrom -- Luke Johnson -- Roy Radke
Bryn Chyzyk -- Nathan Noel -- Trevor Mingoia

Gustav Forsling -- Jeff King
Robin Norell -- Dmitry Osipov
Carl Dahlstrom -- Justin Lemcke

Jake Hildebrand
Brett Moran

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Scott Darling mask features 'Wayne's World' homage

by Cristina Ledra /

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling  has a new mask and we're not worthy.

Darling unveiled his new mask, inspired by the film "Wayne's World," on Instagram.

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Bernard Q&A Part 2: Upcoming battles

Mark Bernard discusses newcomers who could make a splash this season

by Emerald Gao /

It's been a summer of change for the Blackhawks, with several forward spots opening up and a fierce battle for those jobs looming. While the majority of roster decisions will be made at training camp, which begins Sept. 23, this weekend's Rookie Tournament will offer hockey operations brass an opportunity to evaluate some of the team's emerging talent as they go up against other teams' prospects in Traverse City, Mich. In Part 2 of our Q&A, Director of Hockey Administration/GM of Minor League Affiliations Mark Bernard discusses some new names who could make a splash and the unique situation entering training camp.

"There's probably going to be two or three spots open in Chicago, with four or five players battling for those, so it's going to be an exciting training camp," Bernard predicted. "For these young players, they could go the rest of their careers and never have an opportunity present itself like this, where there are so many spots available on the big club. Those guys have to come into camp and really take advantage of it."

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