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Prospect Roundup: Fortin nets first AHL goal in big week

by Emerald Gao / Digital Content Coordinator

On Mondays, chicagoblackhawks.com will highlight players who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college or European teams in the previous week's action. All prospect/system stats will be updated weekly throughout the season.

1st Star: LW Alexandre Fortin, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
The Line: 3GP, 1G, 2A

Fortin scored his first professional goal last Wednesday, providing Rockford's lone tally in a 2-1 loss to Iowa. He added a pair of assists in Sunday's 4-3 shootout win over Chicago. The free-agent signing now has seven points (1G, 6A) in 15 games this season to begin his American Hockey League career.

2nd Star: C Evan Barratt, Penn State (H-EAST)
The Line: 2GP, 2G

Barratt picked up his first two goals of his collegiate career in Penn State's 7-0 win over Arizona State last Friday, both coming on the power play. The 2017 third-round pick also shared the team lead with five shots on goal in the outing; he now has four points as a freshman.

3rd Star: G Ivan Nalimov, Admiral Vladivostok (KHL)
The Line: 3GP, .971 SV%

Nalimov made three appearances for Admiral Vladivostok last week, putting up strong numbers despite going 1-2-0. He kept his team in the game with 45 saves on 46 shots last Tuesday in a 2-0 loss to SKA St. Petersburg, made 14 saves on 16 shots in a relief appearance on Thursday, and finished his week with a 40-save shutout against Dinamo Minsk on Saturday. The 2014 sixth-round pick now has a 1.96 goals-against average and .942 save percentage in 12 games this season.

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Blackhawks announce seventh annual Eddie Olczyk award for youth hockey

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that the organization will partner with Blackhawks Television Analyst Eddie Olczyk and Chicago Blackhawks Charities for the seventh annual Eddie Olczyk Award, which supports youth hockey players, teams and organizations in Illinois that may not have the means to play at a competitive level.

Since its inception in 2011, the Eddie Olczyk Award has distributed more than $362,000 in grants, raised through Blackhawks Youth Hockey Summer Camps, to 160 individuals and eight organizations. Those who wish to be considered for this season's grant process must submit a letter of inquiry by Thursday, February 1, 2018. Eligible parties include individuals and families in need of assistance for participation in an Illinois-sanctioned team or organization, sanctioned teams in need of assistance for tournament expenses, and Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI) organizations in need of assistance to run programs which increase the participation in and quality of youth hockey. Complete information can be found here.

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Verdict: Blackhawks spending New Year's Day outdoors again at Notre Dame

by Bob Verdi / Team Historian

Come back with us to New Year's Day 2008, when the Blackhawks were just starting to feel like a breath of fresh air.

Rocky Wirtz was new in his role as Chairman of a troubled family heirloom, requiring a complete teardown he commissioned John McDonough to produce and direct. At home on that holiday, less than two months into his role as franchise President, McDonough watched the first Winter Classic featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres at Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the NFL's Bills.

McDonough, after a decorated career with the Chicago Cubs, was new to hockey, but not new to new. As snowflakes danced across his TV screen and Sidney Crosby scored in the shootout to provide the visitors a 2-1 victory before 71,217 fans, McDonough was enthralled. Why, he wondered, don't we get one of those?

McDonough broached the concept to National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman, who noted that the idea did not float unattended. McDonough, quipped Bettman, was politely persistent. Phone calls brought traction, then action. On New Year's Day 2009, the Blackhawks hosted the defending Stanley Cup champions and Marian Hossa at Wrigley Field. The Detroit Red Wings won 6-4, with 40,818 in attendance on a crisp afternoon.

"We lost," recalled captain Jonathan Toews, "but it was the rebirth of the Blackhawks."

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2019 NHL Winter Classic to feature Blackhawks and Bruins at Notre Dame

NHL brings New Year's Day game to iconic stadium, home to the Fighting Irish

by NHL Media Relations / nhl.com

NEW YORK (November 18, 2017) - The 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will feature the Chicago Blackhawks® and Boston Bruins® outdoors on Jan. 1, 2019 at Notre Dame Stadium, home of the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today.

The New Year's Day matchup will be Chicago's fourth NHL Winter Classic appearance and Boston's third. The Chicago Blackhawks previous appearances in the NHL Winter Classic include the 2009 NHL Winter Classic against the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field (6-4 loss); a road trip to play the Washington Capitals in 2015 at Nationals Park (3-2 loss); and a matchup against the St. Louis Blues in 2017 at Busch Stadium (4-1 loss). The Boston Bruins were the home club in their two NHL Winter Classic games; a 2-1 overtime win against the Philadelphia Flyers at Fenway Park in 2010 and a 5-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens in 2016 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

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Game Notes: Nov. 18 at Pittsburgh Penguins

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

LAST GAME

The Blackhawks defeated the Rangers 6-3 Wednesday night at the United Center. Their five third-period goals matched a season high for any period this season (Oct. 5 vs. PIT, first period). Artem Anisimov notched a hat trick, while Alex DeBrincat, John Hayden and Jonathan Toews tallied one goal each. Corey Crawford made 25 saves in the win.

VS. PENGUINS

Chicago holds a 73-42-17-2 mark all-time against Pittsburgh, including a 28-31-7-1 record on the road. The Blackhawks defeated the Penguins 10-1 in their first meeting of the season on Oct. 5 in Chicago. Brandon Saad tallied a hat trick, while Nick Schmaltz netted two goals. Patrick Kane (4G, 12A) leads the Blackhawks with 16 career points in 12 games against Pittsburgh. Crawford has a 7-1-0 career record against Pittsburgh.

HATS OFF

Anisimov registered his first career hat trick in the win against New York. It was his first multi-goal and second multi-point effort of the season. It was his second straight multi-point game against the Rangers. He has seven goals and three helpers in his career vs. his former club. The Yaroslavl, Russia, native has eight markers over his last nine games and 11 points (9G, 2A) this year.

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Photos: Ceremonial First Skate at MB Ice Arena

by Chase Angello-Dean / chicagoblackhawks.com

Ahead of practice, the Blackhawks hosted a ceremonial first skate with community partners and representatives from MB Financial. Representatives from First Stride, Little Blackhawks, Chicago Special Hockey, Hornets Sled Hockey, Inner-City Education, Hockey on Your Block, Stallions Hockey Club, Mission Hockey Club and St. Ignatius High School joined Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane on the ice to celebrate the opening of MB Ice Arena.

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Game Notes: Nov. 15 vs. New York Rangers

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

LAST GAME

The Devils defeated the Blackhawks 7-5 on Sunday night at the United Center. Chicago's five goals matched their second-highest total of the season (Oct. 7 vs. CBJ). Alex DeBrincat, Artem Anisimov, Jan Rutta, Tanner Kero and Patrick Kane each tallied a goal. Corey Crawford made 19 saves, while Anton Forsberg made 12 saves in the loss.

VS. RANGERS

Chicago holds a 248-238-98-3 mark all-time against New York, including a 132-116-43-3 record at home. The Blackhawks went 1-0-1 in two matchups with the Rangers last season. Anisimov (1G, 1A) and Artemi Panarin (2A) paced Chicago with two points each in the two matchups. Jonathan Toews leads the Blackhawks with nine career points (4G, 5A) in 12 games against the Rangers. Crawford has a 2-3-1 career record against New York.

THE CAT'S MEOW

DeBrincat picked up a goal for the second straight game. He shares fourth among NHL rookies with six goals this season and has seven points (5G, 2A) in his last seven tilts.

ONE-TIMERS

  • Rutta and Kane netted a goal each on the power play in Sunday's loss. The last time Chicago scored two power-play goals in a game was Oct. 18 at St. Louis (Panik, Hartman).
  • Rutta posted a career-best three points with a goal and two assists vs. New Jersey. He paces Blackhawks blueliners with nine points (3G, 6A) this year; eight (3G, 5A) of his nine points this season have come against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Kero notched his first marker of the year. It was the second straight game (1G, 1A) that he has recorded a point. He has a goal and two helpers this season.
  • Kane registered a goal and an assist vs. the Devils for his third multi-point performance of the season. He paces Chicago with 17 points (6G, 11A) this season.
  • Nick Schmaltz notched his first multi-assist game of the season with two helpers. It was the second time this season he has had two or more points in a game. 
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Notre Dame, Wisconsin to host men's hockey series at the United Center

Tickets for Jan. 21, 2018 matchup go on sale at 10 a.m. CST on Friday, Nov. 17

by United Center Media / unitedcenter.com

The University of Notre Dame and the University of Wisconsin Men's Hockey teams will host the second game of their January series in Chicago on January 21, 2018 at the iconic United Center arena. The game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. CST and will air on NBCSN. This is part of a two-year game series deal where the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Wisconsin Badgers each play their home game matchup on neutral ground in Chicago.

"Bringing marquee hockey games to the United Center is something the Chicago Blackhawks are passionate about and that is emphasized by hosting the University of Notre Dame and the University of Wisconsin," said John McDonough, Chicago Blackhawks President & CEO. "This series is meaningful not only to the local alumni, but also hockey fans in Chicago who want to witness the future of the game."

The University of Wisconsin will arrive on Madison Street for their first game played in the arena, while the University of Notre Dame head back to the United Center after hosting and playing in the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship semifinals in April of this year.

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Prospect Roundup: Hinostroza takes over Rockford scoring lead

by Emerald Gao / Digital Content Coordinator

On Mondays, chicagoblackhawks.com will highlight players who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college or European teams in the previous week's action. All prospect/system stats will be updated weekly throughout the season.

1st Star: C Vinnie Hinostroza, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
The Line: 3GP, 3G, 1A

Hinostroza put together multi-point performances in two of Rockford's three outings last week. The 2012 sixth-round pick tallied a goal and an assist in the IceHogs' 5-3 loss to Iowa on Thursday, then scored twice on a team-high eight shots on goal on Saturday to help Rockford secure a 5-2 victory over Milwaukee. Hinostroza now leads the team with 15 points (7G, 8A) in 14 games.

2nd Star: D Henri Jokiharju, Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
The Line: 2GP, 1G, 4A

Jokiharju, the Blackhawks' first-round pick in 2017, collected a goal and four assists in two outings last week with Portland. The 18-year-old matched a season high with a four-point effort (1G, 3A) in Sunday's 6-1 win over Prince Albert; he shares third among WHL defensemen with 23 points (6G, 17A) in 18 games this season.

3rd Star: D Ian Mitchell, University of Denver (NCAA)
The Line: 2GP, 2A

Mitchell logged an assist in both of Denver's matches last weekend to help the Pioneers sweep a set against St. Cloud State. In doing so, the 2017 second-round pick extended his point streak to five games; he now has eight points (all assists) in 10 games with the defending NCAA champions to begin his collegiate career.

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85 Years of Blood, Sweat and Cheers: Al Secord

by John Wiedeman / Radio Play-by-Play Broadcaster

This article was originally published on March 22, 2012, as Blackhawks radio voice John Wiedeman reflects on the career of one of his all-time favorite players, Al Secord, as part of the "85 Years" series.


As a longtime follower of the Chicago Blackhawks, I feel exceedingly fortunate to have indelible recollections of games played at the old Chicago Stadium. Anyone who ever witnessed a sporting event in that grand old building will probably tell you that it rivals any other as the greatest venue in professional sports history. The Stadium had a sound, a smell and, in a way, a palpable feel to it. When you were inside the Stadium and part of a Blackhawks crowd, you felt like you were among friends and family and in a sense, you were. The raucous crowds seemed to make the building come to life.

Blackhawks fans routinely flocked to the Stadium to see exhilarating, hard-hitting NHL action and many came to develop a fondness for certain players. My best memories of that incredible barn center around Blackhawks games played in the '80s and '90s. In that time, some of the greatest players the franchise has ever known -- several now in the Hockey Hall of Fame -- proudly wore the famous Indian Head logo on their chests and kept crowds entertained with world-class skill, speed, toughness, passion and intensity.

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