PROSPECTS: Seattle Falls to Quebec in Memorial Cup Final
Three Blackhawks prospects and the Seattle Thunderbirds suffered a 5-0 loss to Quebec Rempartsby Kara Keating @kara_keating26 / Blackhawks.com
For the second time in the tournament, the Seattle Thunderbirds suffered another loss to the Quebec Remparts. The 2023 WHL Champions failed to find the back of the net in the 5-0 loss in the Memorial Cup Final.
PROSPECTS: Three Advance to Memorial Cup Championship
Three Blackhawks prospects will play in the tournament final on Sunday with the Seattle Thunderbirdsby Kara Keating @kara_keating26 / Blackhawks.com
For the first time in franchise history, the Seattle Thunderbirds will compete in the Memorial Cup Championship after a 4-1 win over the Peterborough Petes on Friday night.
FEATURE: Blackhawks Prospects Made 'Great Progress' in Development
From career highs in points and collecting championship, this year's prospect group continued to showcase their development throughout the seasonby Kara Keating @kara_keating26 / Blackhawks.com
While the Blackhawks development staff didn't know what to expect from the prospects going into this season, Blackhawks Assistant General Manager of Player Development Mark Eaton noted that this year's group exceeded expectations with how they played the game and their work off the ice as well.
Whether they have been in the system for two-plus years or were just drafted last season, every player showcased their developmental growth.
"I don't think you could look at any one player from this year's class and say that they had an off year," Eaton said. "For us on the development staff, [we didn't know] a lot about them going into the season. I think we were pleasantly surprised with every single guy that we drafted."
PROSPECTS: Trio Advance to Semifinal of Memorial Cup
Blackhawks prospect Colton Dach recorded his first goal of the tournament in the team's 6-1 win over the Kamloops Blazersby Kara Keating @kara_keating26 / Blackhawks.com
Three Blackhawks prospects and the Seattle Thunderbirds advanced to the semifinal round of the Memorial Cup tournament on Wednesday night. The WHL champions defeated the Kamloops Blazers with a 6-1 final.
This is the first time in the team's history that they have won two games in the Memorial Cup tournament since they appeared in 2017 (0-3) and in 1992 (1-3).
FEATURE: Rinzel Found Growth in His First Full USHL Season
The Blackhawks prospect will make the jump to the NCAA this fall with the Minnesota Golden Gophers.by Kara Keating @kara_keating26 / Blackhawks.com
Following his season in the USHL, Blackhawks prospect Sam Rinzel looks to make an impact with the University of Minnesota this fall as he enters his freshman season.
Before making the jump to the NCAA, the 6-foot-4 defenseman wanted to focus on the growth of his overall game, and returned to Waterloo in the USHL last year. Looking back, he saw the progression that he wanted to help his defensive game, but on offense as well.
"I was able to really see growth in my game, especially my defensive game," Rinzel said. "It was a big reason why [I went back to the] USHL and to be able to kind of work on that part of my game. While being able to play a two-way game is what I want to be able to do in the future."
PROSPECTS: Allan Notches Goal in Seattle's First Loss in Tournament
Blackhawks prospect Nolan Allan produced his second goal of the Memorial Cup Tournament in the team's 3-1 loss to the Quebec Rempartsby Kara Keating @kara_keating26 / Blackhawks.com
After starting the Memorial Cup tournament with a strong victory, the Seattle Thunderbirds couldn't keep with the Quebec Remparts as they fell, 3-1.
PROSPECTS: Seattle Takes First Game in Memorial Cup Tournament
Blackhawks prospect Nolan Allan recorded his first goal of the contest to secure the Thunderbirds' lead.by Kara Keating @kara_keating26 / Blackhawks.com
In the first game of the Memorial Cup tournament, the Seattle Thunderbirds came out on top with a 6-3 victory over the Peterborough Petes on Saturday night. They now lead the tournament at 1-0-0-0.
FEATURE: Vlasic Boasted Confidence in First Professional Season
The 6-foot-6 defenseman skated in 56 games for Rockford with two goals and 17 assists and average around 25 minutes of ice time in his first season of the AHL.by Kara Keating @kara_keating26 / Blackhawks.com
In his first professional season down in Rockford, defenseman Alex Vlasic began to find his game and gained a new sense of how he can add to the team's blueline down the road.
Following some discussions with the coaching staff and his IceHogs debut, Vlasic wanted to focus on challenging himself more outside of his comfort level whether it was skating with the puck more or playing a more offensive game. As he continued to gain more ice time and excel outside of his comfort zone, he felt an added boost of confidence to his playing style.
"At first going down, [I wanted to keep] playing my game that I'm pretty comfortable with as more of a defensive role," Vlasic said. "I think around halfway through the year was kind of turning point for me where I started to have that next level of confidence and just be able to take a game into my control and play defensively and offensively equally the same."
FEATURE: Greene Excelled in Jump from USHL to NCAA in Freshman Season
In his freshman year, the Blackhawks prospect recorded 31 points (9G, 22A) in 38 games and helped the Terriers advance to the Frozen Four.by Kara Keating @kara_keating26 / Blackhawks.com
Finishing up his freshman year at Boston University, Ryan Greene proved that he could adjust to new systems and a higher level, making the jump from the Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL to the Terriers this past season.
Coming into the year, Greene didn't know what to expect standing on the ice with new teammates and a completely new system. But as he continued to play through his first season, he began to find his role on the team to showcase his skills as the team's second line center.
"To be honest, this season was more than what I ever thought it was going to be like and it was honestly amazing," Greene said. "I found a role for myself there and kind of just played each game. I felt like I was getting more and more comfortable and then, I think I just continued to get better each game throughout the year."
PROSPECTS: Three Capture WHL Championship, Advance to Memorial Cup
Following the win on Friday night, three Blackhawks prospects and the Seattle Thunderbirds will now compete for the Memorial Cup on May 27.by Kara Keating @kara_keating26 / Blackhawks.com
With their fourth victory of the series against the Winnipeg ICE, three Blackhawks prospects and the Seattle Thunderbirds captured the WHL Championship for the second time in franchise history.
Kevin Korchinski, Nolan Allan and Colton Dach will now look to compete for the team's next title with the Memorial Cup as the three make their first ever appearance in the tournament.