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Photos: Ceremonial First Skate at MB Ice Arena

by Chase Angello-Dean /

Ahead of practice, the Blackhawks hosted a ceremonial first skate with community partners and representatives from MB Financial. Representatives from First Stride, Little Blackhawks, Chicago Special Hockey, Hornets Sled Hockey, Inner-City Education, Hockey on Your Block, Stallions Hockey Club, Mission Hockey Club and St. Ignatius High School joined Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane on the ice to celebrate the opening of MB Ice Arena.

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Game Notes: Nov. 15 vs. New York Rangers

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations /


The Devils defeated the Blackhawks 7-5 on Sunday night at the United Center. Chicago's five goals matched their second-highest total of the season (Oct. 7 vs. CBJ). Alex DeBrincat, Artem Anisimov, Jan Rutta, Tanner Kero and Patrick Kane each tallied a goal. Corey Crawford made 19 saves, while Anton Forsberg made 12 saves in the loss.


Chicago holds a 248-238-98-3 mark all-time against New York, including a 132-116-43-3 record at home. The Blackhawks went 1-0-1 in two matchups with the Rangers last season. Anisimov (1G, 1A) and Artemi Panarin (2A) paced Chicago with two points each in the two matchups. Jonathan Toews leads the Blackhawks with nine career points (4G, 5A) in 12 games against the Rangers. Crawford has a 2-3-1 career record against New York.


DeBrincat picked up a goal for the second straight game. He shares fourth among NHL rookies with six goals this season and has seven points (5G, 2A) in his last seven tilts.


  • Rutta and Kane netted a goal each on the power play in Sunday's loss. The last time Chicago scored two power-play goals in a game was Oct. 18 at St. Louis (Panik, Hartman).
  • Rutta posted a career-best three points with a goal and two assists vs. New Jersey. He paces Blackhawks blueliners with nine points (3G, 6A) this year; eight (3G, 5A) of his nine points this season have come against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Kero notched his first marker of the year. It was the second straight game (1G, 1A) that he has recorded a point. He has a goal and two helpers this season.
  • Kane registered a goal and an assist vs. the Devils for his third multi-point performance of the season. He paces Chicago with 17 points (6G, 11A) this season.
  • Nick Schmaltz notched his first multi-assist game of the season with two helpers. It was the second time this season he has had two or more points in a game. 
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Notre Dame, Wisconsin to host men's hockey series at the United Center

Tickets for Jan. 21, 2018 matchup go on sale at 10 a.m. CST on Friday, Nov. 17

by United Center Media /

The University of Notre Dame and the University of Wisconsin Men's Hockey teams will host the second game of their January series in Chicago on January 21, 2018 at the iconic United Center arena. The game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. CST and will air on NBCSN. This is part of a two-year game series deal where the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Wisconsin Badgers each play their home game matchup on neutral ground in Chicago.

"Bringing marquee hockey games to the United Center is something the Chicago Blackhawks are passionate about and that is emphasized by hosting the University of Notre Dame and the University of Wisconsin," said John McDonough, Chicago Blackhawks President & CEO. "This series is meaningful not only to the local alumni, but also hockey fans in Chicago who want to witness the future of the game."

The University of Wisconsin will arrive on Madison Street for their first game played in the arena, while the University of Notre Dame head back to the United Center after hosting and playing in the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship semifinals in April of this year.

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Prospect Roundup: Hinostroza takes over Rockford scoring lead

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: C Vinnie Hinostroza, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
The Line: 3GP, 3G, 1A

Hinostroza put together multi-point performances in two of Rockford's three outings last week. The 2012 sixth-round pick tallied a goal and an assist in the IceHogs' 5-3 loss to Iowa on Thursday, then scored twice on a team-high eight shots on goal on Saturday to help Rockford secure a 5-2 victory over Milwaukee. Hinostroza now leads the team with 15 points (7G, 8A) in 14 games.

2nd Star: D Henri Jokiharju, Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
The Line: 2GP, 1G, 4A

Jokiharju, the Blackhawks' first-round pick in 2017, collected a goal and four assists in two outings last week with Portland. The 18-year-old matched a season high with a four-point effort (1G, 3A) in Sunday's 6-1 win over Prince Albert; he shares third among WHL defensemen with 23 points (6G, 17A) in 18 games this season.

3rd Star: D Ian Mitchell, University of Denver (NCAA)
The Line: 2GP, 2A

Mitchell logged an assist in both of Denver's matches last weekend to help the Pioneers sweep a set against St. Cloud State. In doing so, the 2017 second-round pick extended his point streak to five games; he now has eight points (all assists) in 10 games with the defending NCAA champions to begin his collegiate career.

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85 Years of Blood, Sweat and Cheers: Al Secord

by John Wiedeman / Radio Play-by-Play Broadcaster

This article was originally published on March 22, 2012, as Blackhawks radio voice John Wiedeman reflects on the career of one of his all-time favorite players, Al Secord, as part of the "85 Years" series.

As a longtime follower of the Chicago Blackhawks, I feel exceedingly fortunate to have indelible recollections of games played at the old Chicago Stadium. Anyone who ever witnessed a sporting event in that grand old building will probably tell you that it rivals any other as the greatest venue in professional sports history. The Stadium had a sound, a smell and, in a way, a palpable feel to it. When you were inside the Stadium and part of a Blackhawks crowd, you felt like you were among friends and family and in a sense, you were. The raucous crowds seemed to make the building come to life.

Blackhawks fans routinely flocked to the Stadium to see exhilarating, hard-hitting NHL action and many came to develop a fondness for certain players. My best memories of that incredible barn center around Blackhawks games played in the '80s and '90s. In that time, some of the greatest players the franchise has ever known -- several now in the Hockey Hall of Fame -- proudly wore the famous Indian Head logo on their chests and kept crowds entertained with world-class skill, speed, toughness, passion and intensity.

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The Verdict: Secord Provided Scoring, Peace of Mind

by Bob Verdi / Team Historian

This article was originally posted on April 7, 2010. Secord will take the ice for One More Shift on Nov. 12 before the Blackhawks host the New Jersey Devils.

Al Secord rarely went looking for trouble, but when trouble beckoned, he was ready and able to oblige. He was tougher than a $2 steak, and more often than not, Secord's mood had nothing whatsoever to do with self-preservation.

"With Al around, I always had peace of mind when I stepped on the ice," recalls Secord's erstwhile center man, Hall of Famer Denis Savard. "He was always there to protect me, to protect any of us. I had to tone him down every once in a while. Somebody might get rough with me, and he said, 'Well, Savy, I'll see you in five minutes.' He was gonna go fight the guy."

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Game Notes: Nov. 12 vs. New Jersey Devils

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations /


The Blackhawks beat the Hurricanes 4-3 in overtime Saturday night at PNC Arena. Alex DeBrincat netted two goals, while Gustav Forsling and Brandon Saad tallied one goal each. Anton Forsberg made 35 saves for his first win as a member of the Blackhawks.


Chicago holds a 26-26-11-3 mark all-time against New Jersey, including a 15-12-5-1 record at home. The Blackhawks won both matchups last season against the Devils; Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith paced Chicago with three points each (3A) in the two matchups. Jonathan Toews (5G, 5A) leads the Blackhawks with 10 career points in 13 games against the Devils. Corey Crawford has a 5-4-0 career record against New Jersey.


Richard Panik tallied his 100th career point in the National Hockey League with an assist on Saturday night in Carolina. He now has 10 points this season (4G, 6A). Last season the Martin, Slovakia, native notched career highs in goals (22), assists (22) and points (44).


With two goals against the Hurricanes, DeBrincat tallied his first career multi-goal game. Ryan Hartman was the last Blackhawks rookie to post a two-goal game (March 3, 2017 vs. Vancouver). DeBrincat added an assist on Saturday to set a career high of three points in a game. He now has six points (4G, 2A) over his last six outings. 

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Game Notes: Nov. 11 at Carolina Hurricanes

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations /


The Blackhawks fell to the Flyers 3-1 on Thursday night at Wells Fargo Center. Connor Murphy tallied his first goal of the season, marking his 50th career NHL point. Corey Crawford made 28 saves in the loss, marking the 11th time he has done so in his 13 starts this year.


Chicago holds a 9-13-1-1 mark all-time against Carolina, including a 3-8-0-1 record on the road. The Blackhawks split the season series 1-1-0 last season against the Hurricanes. Jonathan Toews paced Chicago with three points (1G, 2A) in two games against Carolina a season ago and leads the Blackhawks with 10 career points (5G, 5A) in 13 career matchups against the Hurricanes. Anton Forsberg has an 0-2-0 career record against Carolina.


Chicago has either outshot or tied its opponents in shots on goal in each of the last six games. Brandon Saad leads the team with 23 SOG during that stretch and tallied a season-best 8 SOG on Thursday.


Duncan Keith leads the Blackhawks with 53:27 of shorthanded ice time and nine blocked shots on the penalty kill. Last season, Keith logged 195:16 of shorthanded TOI. The Chicago penalty kill ranks sixth in the NHL (85.2 percent). The Blackhawks have not allowed a power-play goal in the last four games going into Saturday night's game.


Ryan Hartman played in his 100th career NHL game on Thursday night. He has tallied 42 points (23G, 19A) in his career ... Brent Seabrook skated in his 939th career contest to move into fifth all-time in franchise history ... Lance Bouma picked up his third assist of the season. He now has four points this year (1G, 3A) ... Jan Rutta notched an assist for his sixth point this season (2G, 4A).

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Blackhawks to honor Secord with One More Shift

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations /

Former Chicago Blackhawks forward Al Secord will be the second honoree this season to participate in the "One More Shift" program as he will take the United Center ice on Sunday, November 12 prior to the Blackhawks taking on the New Jersey Devils at 6:00 p.m. The Blackhawks are once again honoring past alumni with "One More Shift," an ode to former players that allows fans to recognize them one more time as they skate on the ice.

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Game Notes: Nov. 9 at Philadelphia Flyers

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations /


The Blackhawks fell 2-0 to the Canadiens Sunday night at the United Center. Corey Crawford made 33 saves on 35 shots in the loss.


Chicago holds a 47-59-30-1 mark all-time against Philadelphia, including a 16-41-11-1 record on the road. The Blackhawks beat the Flyers 3-0 on Nov. 1 in Chicago in their first meeting of the season. Artem Anisimov, Jonathan Toews and Alex DeBrincat each tallied in the win. Patrick Kane (4G, 10A) leads the Blackhawks with 14 career points in 12 games against Philadelphia. Crawford has a 2-3-0 career record against the Flyers.


  • Crawford's shutout streak came to an end on Sunday after 173:09 without allowing a goal, a span that included two full games. He has now allowed two or fewer goals in nine of his 12 starts this year.
  • Cody Franson paced the Blackhawks with six shots on goal against Montreal and also matched the team high with four blocked shots; both of those totals were season bests. He played a season-high 22:06 of total ice time.
  • Anisimov won nine of 16 faceoffs (56 percent) against the Canadiens. He has won 54.4 percent of his faceoffs this season.
  • Duncan Keith and Jan Rutta shared the team lead with four blocked shots against the Canadiens.
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