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FEATURE: Boqvist reflects on valuable offseason experience

Boqvist is getting his first taste of the NHL and he's learning every day

by Austin Siegel /

Adam Boqvist spent Wednesday morning messing around with teammates after practice. He took a few shots at former Conn Smythe winner Cam Ward, alongside Jonathan Toews, a five-time NHL All-Star, and Patrick Kane, who's won just about everything.

Video: Adam Boqvist on first NHL Training Camp

Next to his star-studded teammates, Boqvist didn't look out of place. 

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BLOG: Training Camp updates 9/19

Updates, news, notes, video coverage and more from Blackhawks Training Camp on Wednesday

by Austin Siegel /

The Chicago Blackhawks were back at MB Ice Arena this morning, as training camp continued after last night's preseason opener in Columbus.

Video: Brandon Manning set for preseason debut in DET

Dominik Kahun and Alexandre Fortin combined for the Blackhawks only goal in a 4-1 loss to Columbus on Tuesday night. It was the first point in a Chicago sweater for Kahun, who signed a two-year contract with the Blackhawks after starring in Germany and at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Cam Ward and Collin Delia split goaltending duties for the Blackhawks.

A pair of injury updates were announced with Murphy sidelined 8-12 weeks and Jan Rutta listed as day-to-day with a groin injury.

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RELEASE: Blackhawks trim camp roster

The Blackhawks made a handful of roster moves following practice on Wednesday

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations /

The Chicago Blackhawks have made the following roster moves today:

The following players were re-assigned to their respective junior teams: G Alexis Gravel (al-EHK- see gra-VEHL) - Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL), F Philipp Kurashev (FIHL-ihp, KUHR-uh-shehv) - Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) and D Jake Ryczek (RIGH-zehk) - Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL).

The following player has been released from his ATO: F Shaw Boomhower.

With these moves, the Blackhawks training camp roster currently stands at 53: 28 forwards, 19 defensemen and six goaltenders.

The Blackhawks continue their preseason schedule tomorrow at Little Caesars Arena against the Detroit Red Wings at 7:30 p.m. ET. That game can be seen on WGN-TV and heard on ESPN Radio 1000.

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BLOG: Manning on opportunity and potential

by Austin Siegel /

Brandon Manning's role on the 2018-19 Chicago Blackhawks is still coming into focus. Playing alongside young defensemen like Henri Jokiharju and Adam Boqvist, Manning has been a veteran leader on the blueline throughout training camp. But with Connor Murphy expected to miss time with a back injury, Manning will also need to provide a spark this season to help Chicago avoid a slow start. 

"In practice, it's tough because I like to play a competitive game and a physical game. It's kind of hard to do in practice," he said. "You just lead by example, try and go out there and help with the young guys. Learn from the guys who have been here and done so many good things for themselves and their careers."

Manning entered NHL free agency for the first time this offseason, joining the Blackhawks after six seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers. With the preseason getting underway, he said he's looking forward to learning a new system in Chicago. 

"It's one thing to play in some short games and have some good practices, but games are another level," Manning said. "It'll be nice get down there and just compete on a regular basis against other teams."

Playing on a blueline with a mix of veteran players and prospects, Manning said he sees a lot of potential in a group highlighted by Jokiharju and Boqvist.

"Obviously the two young kids there, they're both right-hand shots, they're both skilled players," he said. "You can see that they're going to be really good players. There are kind of a few holes right now with guys in and out of practice. In my experience, it's good for the young guys to see that opportunity and maybe have a few extra games."

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RELEASE: Medical update on Jan Rutta

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations /

Chicago Blackhawks team physician Dr. Michael Terry today released the following medical update:

Defensemen Jan Rutta is day-to-day with a groin injury.

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RELEASE: Medical update on Connor Murphy

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations /

Chicago Blackhawks team physician Dr. Michael Terry today released the following medical update on Defenseman Connor Murphy's back injury:

"Connor will have a period of six weeks during which he will be off the ice. He will undergo further testing at that time to determine if it is appropriate for him to begin more physical activity or require an additional four weeks of rest. This puts Murphy's overall timeline at approximately eight to twelve weeks before returning to the lineup."

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RECAP: Blue Jackets 4, Blackhawks 1

Rapid reaction, thoughts, notes, quotes and more from the game in Columbus

by Chris Wescott /

RAPID REACTION: The Blackhawks struck first just 53 seconds into the game when Alexandre Fortin took a pass from Dominik Kahun and fired a wrister through the five-hole of JF Berube. From there, the Blue Jackets took over.

Video: CHI@CBJ: Fortin, Kahun combine for opening tally

Columbus scored the next two goals of the opening period with Zac Dalpe redirecting a Ryan Murray slap shot at 12:13 for the equalizer. Cam Ward was screened by Boone Jenner on a power play later in the period and Alexander Wennberg's shot fired through traffic and past the goalie's blocker for the 2-1 lead.

The fast-paced game stayed relatively even through a scoreless middle frame, but in the third, the Blue Jackets built on their lead. Cam Atkinson pulled the puck away from Philipp Kurashev in the high slot and rifled a shot past Collin Delia just 36 seconds into the third.

The Blue Jackets made it 4-1 late in the third with some good work down low followed by a shot from the left-wing circle by Liam Foudy.

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    LISTEN LIVE: Chicago Blackhawks Radio

    Listen live as the Blackhawks play the Columbus Blue Jackets in preseason action

    by Chicago Blackhawks /

    Listen live as the Blackhawks take on the Blue Jackets in Columbus for their first preseason game of 2018.

    Visit for in-game highlights and coverage.

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    PREVIEW: Blackhawks at Blue Jackets 9/18

    The Chicago Blackhawks open their 2018 preseason against the Blue Jackets in Columbus

    by Chris Wescott /

    TIME: 6 p.m. CT


    The Blackhawks look to learn more about some of their young players when they play the Blue Jackets in Columbus tonight, opening their preseason schedule. The game will be played at 6 p.m. CT at Nationwide Arena.

    The Blue Jackets are 0-1-0 in preseason play after a 4-1 loss to Buffalo last night. David Savard was the lone goal scorer for Columbus. Brad Thiessen and Matiss Kivlenieks split time in goal with the former making nine saves on 13 shots and the latter stopping all seven shots he faced.

    Columbus outshot the Sabres 37-20, but went 0-for-5 on the power play.

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    BLOG: Training Camp updates 9/17

    Updates, news, notes, video coverage and more from the Blackhawks scrimmage at Training Camp on Monday

    by Chris Wescott /

    The Chicago Blackhawks were back on the ice Monday morning, participating in a Red and White scrimmage at MB Ice Arena.

    The Red Team struck first in the opening frame when Tyler Sikura buried a backhand shot, assisted by Shaw Boomhower.

    Tweet from @BHTVeric: Jan Rutta's broken stick leads to a 2-on-1. Shaw Boomhower dishes to Tyler Sikura, who roofs a backhander past Anton Forsberg. #Blackhawks

    Adam Boqvist recorded an assist on this shot that Philipp Kurashev got a piece of behind the goalie.

    Tweet from @BHTVeric: The shot from Adam Boqvist trickles past Matt Tomkins and Philipp Kurashev chips it past the goal line. #Blackhawks

    In the end, Team Red won 3-2.

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