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RELEASE: Blackhawks to Host Fan Events in Chicago, Nashville

The Blackhawks announced they will hold fan events in Chicago and Nashville as team makes No. 1 pick at the 2023 NHL Draft

by Chicago Blackhawks Communications / Blackhawks.com

With the highly coveted first overall draft pick for just the second time in franchise history, the Chicago Blackhawks invite fans to attend free special events in Chicago and Nashville on Wednesday, June 28 as round one of the 2023 NHL Draft takes place. Blackhawks Draft coverage, presented by United Airlines, will also be available across Blackhawks.com, the official Blackhawks mobile app and the team's social media channels.  

"The Chicago Blackhawks are thrilled to invite our fans to join us in this historic celebration," said Danny Wirtz, CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks. "From the Salt Shed in Chicago to the vibrant Skydeck atmosphere at Assembly Food Hall in Nashville, we are bringing the excitement and Blackhawks experience to our incredible fanbase, as we celebrate the first overall draft pick and our new 2023 draft class. This is a night filled with anticipation, entertainment and the shared passion that will unite Blackhawks fans around the world as we move closer to building the next great era of the Chicago Blackhawks." 

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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 Blazers

by 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). 
 

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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." 

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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 Remparts

by 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. 

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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.

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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."

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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."

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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. 
 

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PROSPECTS: Korchinski, Blackhawks Prospects Secure Third Win in Series

Three Blackhawks prospects are just one win away after Wednesday night's victory to move to 3-1 in the series against the Winnipeg ICE

by Kara Keating @kara_keating26 / Blackhawks.com

Blackhawks prospects Nolan Allan, Colton Dach and Kevin Korchinski are now one win away from capturing the WHL Championship with the Seattle Thunderbirds after moving to 3-1 in their series against the Winnipeg ICE on Wednesday night. 

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FEATURE: Del Mastro Stands Out as Shutdown Defenseman in Third OHL Season

The 2021 fourth round pick produced career highs in assists and points in the OHL and captured his second goal medal with Team Canada during the 2023 World Junior Tournament.

by Kara Keating @kara_keating26 / Blackhawks.com

After finishing his third season in the OHL, Blackhawks prospect Ethan Del Mastro showcased his NHL potential by embracing his defensive role and helping the Sarnia Sting compete in the postseason. 

Del Mastro and the Sarnia Sting advanced all the way to the conference finals of the OHL playoffs before being eliminated by the London Knights. While they did not advance to the championship, the Blackhawks prospect knew the experience would help him in development and his efforts to earn an NHL roster spot in the years to come. 

"I knew obviously, it's a big year and kind of the last year before maybe going off to the pros," Del Mastro said. "So, I think it's something you kind of want to be able to do something, and maybe try to go for a championship and obviously we came up a little short, but I think it was pretty awesome. I think it was a pretty successful year and pretty awesome to be able to do some of the things I was able to do.

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