The Chicago Blackhawks will honor former forward Kris Versteeg with "One More Shift" on Sunday, Dec. 15, prior to the game against the Minnesota Wild at 6 p.m.
In its fourth season, the "One More Shift" campaign allows fans to recognize former players one more time as they skate on the ice. Versteeg will join the team during the national anthem after the starting lineup has been announced on Sunday, and in-arena elements will also feature Versteeg and the highlights of his career.
As previously announced, the Blackhawks are commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 2010 Stanley Cup Championship, one of the most unforgettable seasons in franchise history, through a series of 2010 Anniversary Night games, special content, events and appearances throughout the year.
Each 2010 Anniversary Night features a signature display of historical items and interactive photo opportunities in the United Center Atrium during pregame. For Sunday night's game, Atrium doors will open at 2:30 p.m. with gates to the arena to follow at 4:30 p.m. Versteeg will participate in a live Q&A session moderated by Patrick Sharp in the Atrium at approximately 5 p.m.
The first 10,000 fans to enter the United Center on Sunday will receive a Duncan Keith bobblehead, presented by Mesirow Financial. Fans will have the opportunity to collect the remainder of the 2010 Championship-inspired giveaway series on the following dates:
- Jonathan Toews bobblehead on Jan. 7 vs. Calgary at 7:30 p.m. (first 10,000 fans; presented by Chicagoland & NW Indiana Chevy Dealers)
- 2010 Replica Ring on March 19 vs. Minnesota at 7:30 p.m. (first 10,000 fans; presented by NBC Sports Chicago)
The final "One More Shift" recognition of the 2019-20 season, to be announced at a later date, will also coincide with the next 2010 Anniversary Night game taking place on Jan. 7. The 10th anniversary campaign will culminate in an on-ice celebration at the final 2010 Anniversary Night game on March 19, bringing together members of the team that returned the Stanley Cup to Chicago after 49 years.
Sunday's game against Minnesota can be seen on NBC Sports Chicago, the exclusive local television home for Blackhawks hockey, as well as streamed live online at NBCSportsChicago.com and the "MyTeams by NBC Sports" app. It can also be heard on WGN Radio and Univision's TUDN Deportes Radio Chicago (Spanish). For more information, please visit Blackhawks.com/2010.
BIO - "ONE MORE SHIFT" HONOREE KRIS VERSTEEG
An 11-year National Hockey League veteran, Versteeg spent five seasons (2007-10, 2013-15) with the Blackhawks, registering 164 points (68G, 96A) in 294 regular-season games. He was a member of the Blackhawks 2010 and 2015 Stanley Cup Champion teams and posted six goals and eight assists in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, helping Chicago win its first title since 1961. Five years later, the winger recorded one goal and a helper in 12 postseason games en route to the 2015 Stanley Cup. In total, Versteeg tallied 31 points (12G, 19A) in 66 career postseason contests all with Chicago.
Originally selected in the fifth round (134th overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft by Boston, Versteeg was traded to Chicago in 2007 and made an immediate impact in the NHL during his rookie season in 2008-09. He was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team after pacing all rookies with 31 assists and recording 22 goals and 53 points. The Lethbridge, Alberta native skated in 643 career NHL games with Chicago, Toronto (2010-11), Philadelphia (2010-11), Florida (2011-14), Carolina (2015-16), Los Angeles (2015-16) and Calgary (2016-18), notching 358 career points (149G, 209A). Versteeg also skated in six games with the Rockford IceHogs this season.