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Rookie Michal Kempny's poise impresses Blackhawks

26-year-old defenseman, signed as free agent, expected to earn regular role this season

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- It's been a couple of days since Michal Kempny joined the Chicago Blackhawks for training camp, but the rookie defenseman's poise on the ice is already getting noticed.

After going through one practice since returning from the World Cup of Hockey 2016, where he played for Team Czech Republic, Kempny jumped right into the fray in Chicago's first preseason game at United Center on Wednesday, a 2-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Paired with fellow rookie defenseman Ville Pokka, who also played in the World Cup for Team Finland, Kempny led the Blackhawks in ice time (22:27), blocked three shots, was credited with four hits, and played on the power play and penalty kill.

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Blackhawks aiming to hold on to Artemi Panarin

Confident they can re-sign Calder Trophy winner who is restricted free agent next summer

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The future of left wing Artemi Panarin has become a big storyline for the Chicago Blackhawks, with one season remaining on the 24-year-old's entry-level contract.

Panarin, who won the Calder Trophy as the NHL rookie of the year last season, could become a restricted free agent July 1. The Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday that Panarin is seeking a six-year contract worth $36 million.

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Duncan Keith to miss first four preseason games

Report: Defenseman has not participated in any scrimmages at Blackhawks training camp

NHL.com

Defenseman Duncan Keith is expected to miss the Chicago Blackhawks' first four preseason games, assistant coach Kevin Dineen told CSN Chicago on Monday.

Keith, who has been recovering from a right-knee injury, has skated in one practice each day at training camp but has not participated in any scrimmages. It is unclear whether he will play in any preseason games.

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Blackhawks reduce roster to 49

by Chicago Blackhawks / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that forwards Tyler Barnes, Bryn Chyzyk, Jeremy Langlois, Trevor Mingoia and Evan Mosey; defensemen Jonathan Carlsson and Nick Mattson; and goaltender Eric Levine have been released from their tryout agreements. The team's active roster now includes 28 forwards, 16 defensemen and five goaltenders.

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Blackhawks reduce roster to 57

by Chicago Blackhawks / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today they have released forwards Radovan Bondra, John Dahlstrom, Nathan Noel and Roy Radke from training camp and returned to their respective juniors teams. The team's active roster now includes 33 forwards, 18 defensemen and six goaltenders.

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Blackhawks agree to terms with Fortin

by Chicago Blackhawks / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward Alexandre Fortin (for-TEEN) on a three-year contract.

Fortin, 19, registered 43 points (19G, 24A) in 54 regular-season games with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Rouyn-Noranda Huskies last season; he recorded 105 shots on goal, four game-winning goals and a +13 plus/minus rating. The Laval, Quebec, native added seven points (4G, 3A) in 20 postseason games en route to the organization's first-ever President Cup championship. Fortin also notched three assists in five 2016 Memorial Cup contests.

The undrafted forward collected 40 points (11G, 29A) in 67 games with Rouyn-Noranda during his first season in the QMJHL in 2014-15. Prior to his junior career, he tallied 61 points (30G, 31A) in 69 regular-season games with the Collège Esther-Blondin Phénix of Quebec Midget AAA from 2012-14. He also posted 35 points (14G, 21A) in 22 playoff games across two seasons with the Collège Esther-Blondin.

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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 / chicagoblackhawks.com

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 / chicagoblackhawks.com

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 / chicagoblackhawks.com

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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