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THE VERDICT: History against the Leafs

With the 2018-19 home opener announced as a date with the Maple Leafs, Bob Verdi looks back on the history between the two franchises

by Bob Verdi / Team Historian

During this defining decade, the Blackhawks have staged three truly exceptional home openers. In 2010, 2013 and 2015, they began the season as defending Stanley Cup champions. Before a puck was dropped, a banner was raised.

That won't be happening this autumn, but for starters, here is a circle for your calendar. The Toronto Maple Leafs, venerable Original Six adversaries, will invade the United Center on Sunday, Oct. 7. It will be the 650th regularly programmed confrontation between these rivals, not to mention or forget nine playoff series, many of them impolite.

Among other notable home debuts, the United Center christening on Jan. 25, 1995, surely qualifies. With the National Hockey League campaign delayed by a management-labor impasse, the Blackhawks finally commenced an abbreviated 48-game schedule by defeating the Edmonton Oilers, 5-1. Joe Murphy scored the first goal in the shiny new building, assisted by Jeremy Roenick and Chris Chelios.

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BLOG: 2018-19 regular season tickets on sale now

Find out how you can secure your tickets today

by Chicago Blackhawks / chicagoblackhawks.com

Tickets are now on sale for the 2018-19 regular season. You can purchase by following this link, or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

The Blackhawks open the home portion of the 2018-19 regular-season schedule with an Original Six matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs at 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 7.

Nineteen of the team's 41 home contests will take place on weekends, including four Fridays, three Saturdays and 12 Sundays. The Blackhawks longest homestand of the season includes four games between December 12 and December 18.

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BLOG: Regular season tickets on sale Monday

Return to chicagoblackhawks.com on Monday at 10 a.m. CT to find your tickets

by Chicago Blackhawks / chicagoblackhawks.com

Individual game tickets to the 2018-19 Chicago Blackhawks season become available to the public at 10 a.m. CT on Monday, Aug. 20.

Today, you may already purchase tickets to the Training Camp Festival and preseason games.

On Monday, fans will be able to purchase tickets either on chicagoblackhawks.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.

The Blackhawks open the home portion of the 2018-19 regular-season schedule with an Original Six matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs at 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 7.

Nineteen of the team's 41 home contests will take place on weekends, including four Fridays, three Saturdays and 12 Sundays. The Blackhawks longest homestand of the season includes four games between December 12 and December 18.

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FEATURE: Top five 2018-19 home dates

Read up on five home dates to watch during the 2018-19 Chicago Blackhawks season

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

When we look at the Chicago Blackhawks 2018-19 schedule, there are some things that stand out. For example, the team has nine days with no games at the end of January and they have no road trips lasting more than three games.

But when it comes to what will happen at home, Blackhawks fans should circle these dates on their calendars. Regular season tickets go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. CT.

 

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RELEASE: Preseason broadcast schedule finalized

Check out the complete broadcast schedule for the Blackhawks 2018-19 preseason games

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks, in conjunction with official radio broadcasting partner WGN Radio, today announced due to network conflicts on WGN Radio, the final game of the Blackhawks preseason on Saturday, September 29 vs. Columbus at 7 p.m. will air on a shadow station-WLS-AM 890. All six preseason matchups can be heard on wgnradio.com/listen or on mobile devices with the WGN Radio app. For more information log on to wgnradio.com/mobile.

A complete preseason Blackhawks broadcast schedule is below. Regular season broadcast information will be released at a later date.

Single-game tickets for the team's 2018 preseason home games at the United Center are on sale now. Fans will be able to purchase tickets on chicagoblackhawks.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

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BLOG: Monuments to Excellence clips

Watch a few clips from the 2012 film about Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

In honor of the late Stan Mikita, Blackhawks TV streamed a live airing of the 2012 production "Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita - Monuments to Excellence".

In case you missed the showing, here are a few clips from the film.

1. Mikita's early life

Video: Mikita's early life 

2. State of the Blackhawks before Hull and Mikita

Video: Mikita and the state of the Blackhawks

3. Mikita reflects on returning to the organization

Video: Mikita becomes ambassador

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BLOG: Blackhawks TV to stream Monuments to Excellence

Visit chicagoblackhawks.com at 12 p.m. CT to watch the film

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

Today at 12 p.m. CT, chicagoblackhawks.com and Blackhawks TV will stream the movie "Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita - Monuments to Excellence" in honor of Mikita, who passed away more than a week ago.

The 2012 film details the lives and careers of the two Blackhawks Ambassadors and Hockey Hall of Famers, including Mikita's journey to Canada as a young kid, how he embraced the city of Chicago, his return to the organization as an ambassador, and the unveiling of his statue outside of the United Center.

Mikita died at the age of 78 on Tuesday, Aug. 7, surrounded by his loving family. The public paid their respects to the franchise leader in points (1,467) and games played (1,394) during a visitation on August 12. His family held a private celebration of life on Tuesday.

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BLOG: Patrick Kane joins Murphy for Stars and Stripes game

Kane and Murphy will help celebrate the memory of Jim Johannson

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

Patrick Kane has been added to the list of NHL players who will be participating in the Stars and Stripes Showdown on Sunday, Aug. 26.

Kane joins Blackhawks teammate Connor Murphy in helping celebrate the memory of USA Hockey Assistant Executive Director Jim Johannson, who passed away on Jan. 21, at the age of 53.

There will be a ceremonial puck drop, live game-worn jersey auction, an online auction, special raffles and more. The game will be played at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan at 2 p.m.

Click HERE for more information.

 

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RELEASE: Blackhawks announce 2018-19 broadcast schedule

View all of the information for the Blackhawks television broadcast schedule, including time changes for a couple of games

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

In conjunction with the National Hockey League and NBC Sports, the Chicago Blackhawks today announced their 2018-19 regular-season national television schedule. Nationally, the Blackhawks will appear exclusively on NBC (including NBC and NBCSN) 11 times.

Additionally, the Blackhawks will appear in eight non-exclusive nationally televised games, totaling a league-high 19 national appearances. The Blackhawks' first nationally televised game is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14 vs. St. Louis at 7:00 p.m. on NBCSN.

Additionally, the game time for the Tuesday, November 27 game vs. Vegas changed to a 7:00 p.m. start and the Thursday, January 3 game at New York Islanders changed to a 6:30 p.m. start. The full schedule of nationally televised games for the 2018-19 season is below. The local television schedule will be announced at a later date in conjunction with the Blackhawks' exclusive rightsholders, NBC Sports Chicago and WGN-TV.

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FEATURE: Fans attend visitation to pay respects to Mikita

At the public visitation held in the United Center Atrium on Sunday, fans came to say goodbye to a Blackhawks legend

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

Outside of the United Center, a line of people stretched around the corner of the building and extended to the statue of the late Stan Mikita.

Flowers graced the effigy of the man beloved by so many in the city of Chicago.

In the heat of an August midday, there was no shortage of No. 21 sweaters - a good number of which were signed - filing into the arena.

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