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Five Questions with Stan Bowman

Blackhawks GM discusses Trade Deadline, improved depth, play of rookies

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer's Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman:

Typically at this time of the season, Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman is scouring the market for cost-effective rentals, which could help the Blackhawks push for another Stanley Cup championship. It's worked before, so it wouldn't be surprising if he were at it again.

However, he's not doing that. Bowman is instead content, or, dare we say happy with what he has seen from the Blackhawks of late. For good reason, too.

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Game notes: Feb. 21 at Minnesota Wild

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations /

The Blackhawks defeated the Sabres 5-1 on Sunday at KeyBank Center. The contest marked their 11th consecutive victory over Buffalo dating back to the 2009-10 season. Chicago has won six straight games away from the United Center, outscoring their opponents 28-13. The Blackhawks carry an 18-10-1 record on the road this season, including a league-best 8-1-0 road record since Jan. 17. Their 37 points away from the United Center share fourth in the NHL. Ryan Hartman, Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews, Artem Anisimov and Patrick Kane each scored for Chicago. Scott Darling made 25 saves and improved to 14-5-2 this season. In four of his last five starts, he has allowed one goal or fewer.

Chicago holds a 25-29-1-9 all-time record against Minnesota, including a 12-15- 0-6 mark at Xcel Energy Center. Tonight's contest marks the third of four matchups between the Central Division rivals this season. The clubs have split their first two matchups of the season. Toews netted the game-winning goal and had two assists on Feb. 8; per Elias, he passed Hossa and Patrick Sharp for the most regular-season overtime goals (9) by a Blackhawks player since the NHL instituted the five-minute tiebreaker in 1983-84. Kane (2G), Anisimov (2A) and Duncan Keith (2A) lead the team with two points each vs. the Wild.

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Prospect Roundup: DeBrincat approaching OHL history

by Emerald Gao / Digital Content Coordinator

On Mondays, 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: RW Alex DeBrincat, Erie Otters (OHL)
The Line: 3GP, 3G, 4A

After posting seven points in three games for Erie last week, DeBrincat was on the brink of making Ontario Hockey League history with 49 goals and 104 points for the season; he then reached the 50-goal mark on Monday afternoon to become the first player in the OHL since 1980 to tally three consecutive seasons of 50 goals and 100 points. As of Sunday, the 2016 second-round pick had a 10-game goal streak and 14-game point streak, helping the Otters stretch their win streak to 13 games.

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Chicago Blackhawks announce 2017 grantees

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations /

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that $2,473,333 in total has been awarded to grant recipients for the 2016-17 season. Chicago Blackhawks Charities (CBC) granted $1,638,333 to 16 organizations across Chicagoland that share the Blackhawks commitment to child and youth education, health and wellness, and homelessness. Additionally, through the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, 13 local nonprofits received $835,000 in grants supporting life-changing programs that help low-income children, families and adults move out of poverty toward stabilization and self-sufficiency. This season's grant disbursement marked an 11 percent increase from the 2015-16 season.

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News & Notes

Patrick Kane gets scoring milestone in Blackhawks win

NHL news and notes

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL /

Patrick Kane (1-1-2) scored his 20th goal of the season to help the Chicago Blackhawks pick up their sixth consecutive road win.

* Elias notes that Kane (Buffalo, N.Y.) became the first American-born player in NHL history to score 20 or more goals in each of his first 10 seasons. The only other American-born player to have 10 or more consecutive 20-goal seasons at any time during his NHL career was Keith Tkachuk (Melrose, Mass.), who did so in 12 straight seasons from 1992-93 to 2003-04.

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Blackhawks recall Hinostroza

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations /

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

Hinostroza, 22, has registered 14 points (6G, 8A) in 46 games with the Blackhawks this season. The Bartlett, Illinois, native has three multi-point games this season which is tied for the most among Blackhawks rookies. Prior to his recall from Rockford, Hinostroza posted one assist in three games with the IceHogs.

The Blackhawks travel to Buffalo on Sunday to take on the Sabres at The KeyBank Center at 5 p.m. The game can be seen live nationally on NBCSN, streamed live online with the NBC Sports App, and heard on WGN Radio.

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Game notes: Feb. 19 at Buffalo Sabres

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations /

The Oilers defeated the Blackhawks 3-1 on Saturday night at the United Center. Chicago is now 10-4-2 against the Pacific Division this season. Richard Panik recorded Chicago's lone goal. Corey Crawford made 19 saves and is now 22-13-3 this year.

The Blackhawks hold a 52-52-13-1 all-time record against the Sabres, including an 18-34-7-0 record on the road. Tonight's contest concludes the two-game series between the clubs this season. The Blackhawks defeated the Sabres 3-2 in overtime on Jan. 5 at the United Center. Duncan Keith logged his 400th career assist in that game, tying Pierre Pilote for seventh-most in franchise history. Chicago has won their last 10 matchups with Buffalo dating back to Oct. 11, 2010. During the stretch, the Blackhawks have outscored the Sabres 38-21. Scott Darling and Crawford share a combined record of 9-0-0 in their careers against the Sabres.

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Hockey Is For Everyone

You Can Play meaningful to Trevor van Riemsdyk

Blackhawks defenseman follows brother's lead in effort to promote inclusion in hockey

by Brian Hedger / Correspondent

CHICAGO -- When the opportunity to become the Chicago Blackhawks ambassador for the You Can Play Project was presented to Trevor van Riemsdyk, it didn't take him long to accept.

Van Riemsdyk had already seen what his older brother, James van Riemsdyk, had done in the role for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and he wanted to make the same impact for the initiative in Chicago.

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Game notes: Feb. 18 vs. Edmonton Oilers

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations /

The Blackhawks defeated the Oilers 5-1 on Feb. 11 at Rogers Place for their fifth consecutive victory. Chicago's 17 road wins rank third in the NHL. Richard Panik, Patrick Kane, Trevor van Riemsdyk and Artem Anisimov each netted goals for Chicago. Scott Darling made 31 saves in his first career appearance against Edmonton to earn his career-best 13th victory of the season.

Chicago owns a 65-49-12-5 all-time record against Edmonton, including a 35- 19-7-4 mark at the United Center. The Blackhawks have won five straight games vs. the Oilers on home ice. Tonight's contest concludes the three-game regular-season series between the clubs. The teams split their first two matchups of the year. Kane (1G, 2A) and Panik (2G, 1A) lead Chicago with three points each vs. the Oilers. Kane's 33 career assists against Edmonton are his most against any league opponent. In 33 career matchups, he has notched 46 points vs. the Oilers, his fourth-highest total against all NHL clubs.

The Chicago Blackhawks will host Hockey is for Everyone Night at the United Center during tonight's contest against the Oilers. In support of Hockey is for Everyone, Blackhawks players will use Pride Tape on their sticks during warmups. Select player sticks will be auctioned online from Monday, Feb. 20, through Monday, Feb. 27, with all proceeds benefitting the You Can Play Project.

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Blackhawks recall Kero and Schmaltz

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations /

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

Kero, 24, has four markers and four helpers in 22 games with the Blackhawks this season. He also shares fifth on the IceHogs with 20 points (7G, 13A) this year.

Schmaltz, 20, has four goals and six assists in 38 games with Chicago this season. He netted his first career NHL goal Oct. 15 against Nashville. The Verona, Wisconsin, native has also recorded nine points (6G, 3A) in 12 games with the IceHogs this season.

The Blackhawks return to action Saturday, Feb. 18 when they face off against the Edmonton Oilers at 6:00 p.m. at the United Center. The game can be seen on WGN-TV, and heard on WGN Radio.

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