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BLOG: Remembering Emery

Former Blackhawks Stanley Cup champion goaltender Ray Emery passed away at the age of 35

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

On Sunday, it was announced that former NHL goaltender Ray Emery died at the age of 35 in an apparent drowning.

Emery's NHL career spanned 287 games with four different franchises, including the Blackhawks. He finished his career with a record of 145-86-28, recording a 2.70 goals-against average and .906 save percentage.

"The Chicago Blackhawks organization was deeply saddened to hear of Ray Emery's passing," the team said in an official statement. "We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. The Blackhawks will fondly remember Ray as a fierce competitor, a good teammate and a Stanley Cup champion."

Emery played two seasons in Chicago with his best campaign coming in 2012-13. He started 19 games for the Blackhawks, registering a remarkable record of 17-1-0. In that season, Emery had a save percentage of .922 and GAA of 1.94. He also set an NHL record for most consecutive wins to start a season that year (12)

He, along with Corey Crawford, was awarded the William M. Jennings Trophy for playing on the team that allowed the fewest goals against.

Emery backed up Crawford that season in the playoffs as the club won their second Stanley Cup in three years.

The goaltender was originally a fourth-round pick, 99th overall, of the Ottawa Senators in 2001.

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RELEASE: Chicago Blackhawks statement on Ray Emery

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks have released the following statement on the passing of former goaltender Ray Emery:

"The Chicago Blackhawks organization was deeply saddened to hear of Ray Emery's passing. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. The Blackhawks will fondly remember Ray as a fierce competitor, a good teammate and a Stanley Cup champion."

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FEATURE: 2018 Development Camp primer

Everything you need to know ahead of the 2018 Development Camp at MB Ice Arena

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks will host their 2018 Development Camp at MB Ice Arena (1801 W. Jackson Blvd) from Monday, July 16, to Friday, July 20. A total of 42 players are scheduled to report to this year's camp.

The roster is highlighted by 32 Blackhawks draft picks, featuring all eight of Chicago's 2018 NHL Draft selections.

Video: The 29th Pick

Here are some of the roster highlights, as well as your complete guide to camp:

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FEATURE: Kruger ecstatic about return to Chicago

You could sense the excitement for Marcus Kruger following the news he had been traded back to Chicago

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

It's really a dream scenario for Marcus Kruger.

The 28-year-old Swede had not played a single game for the Arizona Coyotes, so his roots in the desert remain decisively unplanted.

But a city and organization where Kruger most certainly has roots dug deep in the ground is Chicago. It's why when he found out he had been traded back to the Blackhawks after a few short seasons away, Kruger was elated.

Video: Marcus Kruger on returning to Chicago

"Obviously, I'm really excited," he said, speaking to the media via phone call just an hour and a half following the trade announcement. "I couldn't be any more happy. I'm ready to go and I'm just overall real excited to be back."

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RELEASE: Blackhawks and Coyotes complete trade

The Blackhawks announced a trade with Arizona which involves multiple players and assets, including trading Marian Hossa and acquiring Marcus Kruger

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have acquired forwards Marcus Kruger, MacKenzie Entwistle, Jordan Maletta, defenseman Andrew Campbell and a fifth-round pick in the 2019 National Hockey League Entry Draft from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forwards Marian Hossa, Vinnie Hinostroza, defenseman Jordan Oesterle and a third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

Video: Marcus Kruger on returning to Chicago

Kruger, 28, returns to Chicago where he spent seven years with the Blackhawks from 2010-2017, winning two Stanley Cups (2013, 2015). Originally drafted by Chicago in the fifth round (149th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Kruger recorded 105 points (33G, 72A) in 398 games during his time with the Blackhawks. He's appeared in 87 postseason games, all with Chicago, totaling 16 points (6G, 10A). During the 2013-14 campaign, he tallied eight goals and career-highs in assists (20), points (28) and faceoff percentage (56.7 percent).

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BLOG: Blackhawks acquire gritty, hard-working prospect

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

As part of their big trade with Arizona announced earlier on Thursday, the Chicago Blackhawks acquired prospect MacKenzie Entwistle.

The unsigned forward was originally a third-round selection, 69th overall, by the Coyotes in the 2017 NHL Draft. NHL Central Scouting had MacKenzie ranked as their 44th best North American Skater ahead of the draft.

He was selected in the second round by Hamilton in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection and has played for the Bulldogs each of the last three seasons. In 2017-18, Entwistle scored 13 goals and added 25 assists in 49 games. He also potted 10 goals in 21 OHL playoff games, helping Hamilton win the league championship.

The scouting report on the 6-foot-3 Entwistle is that he is a "big, hard-working power forward who is most effective playing a gritty, determined style."

NHL Central Scouting also added that he's a "very strong skater with decent speed, quickness and agility," and they applauded his responsible two-way game. Special teams are also a strong point of Entwistle's game, as he was voted by the league's coaches as one of the best penalty killers in the OHL.

The right winger told NHL.com ahead of the draft that he models his game after Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar. 

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BLOG: Blackhawks issue statement on Marian Hossa

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced a trade this afternoon with the Arizona Coyotes in which they acquired forwards Marcus Kruger, MacKenzie Entwistle, Jordan Maletta, defenseman Andrew Campbell and a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, in exchange for forwards Marian Hossa, Vinnie Hinostroza, defenseman Jordan Oesterle and a third-round pick in the draft.

The Blackhawks have released the following statement on Hossa:

"Today is another example of the leadership Marian has displayed as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks organization. When we approached him to discuss the idea of him waiving his no-move clause to allow us to make this move, it became clear this was a difficult thing for him to consider. After the success he has had in a Blackhawks jersey, the friends he has made throughout the organization and the fact his heart will always be in Chicago, the thought of disassociating in any way from the team he has come to love was not something he really wanted to give any thought to at all. But, as the consummate team player, he did what he has always done. He did what the team needed him to do in order to succeed.

Tweet from @NHLBlackhawks: Your contributions to the #Blackhawks will never be forgotten. Weve watched you hoist three Stanley Cups with our team, and you will forever be connected to the Blackhawks.On behalf of our entire organization, thank you Marian Hossa! pic.twitter.com/TTo2kv2iqA

Marian's long-term contributions to the club will never be forgotten. His performance as a player was always appreciated, but, it is his special qualities as a teammate, a leader and a person, that will more than anything leave its mark on all of us who have come to love and respect the very humble way he goes about everything he does. He has shown us all the impact we can have on others if we conduct ourselves with character, integrity and utmost respect for all we come in contact with. We have had the pleasure of watching him hoist three Stanley Cups with our team and he will forever be connected to the Blackhawks. On behalf of the entire organization, we would like to thank Marian-a world-class player-for all he has done for the Chicago Blackhawks."

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BLOG: Blackhawks players participating in CPHL

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

A handful of Blackhawks players will suit up this summer in the inaugural season of the Chicago Pro Hockey League, which takes place every Wednesday from July 11 through August 22. The championship game will be held on August 23.

All of the games will be played at MB Ice Arena, the practice home of the Blackhawks.

Alex DeBrincat, Brandon Saad, Nick Schmaltz, Dominik Kahun, Henri Jokiharju, Jordan Oesterle and Vinnie Hinostroza are among those scheduled to play in the games.

There will be four games played each Wednesday throughout the season with 6:20, 6:30 and 7:50 p.m. start times. The games consist of two 25 minute halves of 4-on-4 hockey under NHL rules, which includes penalties. Overtime will be one five-minute period played 3-on-3, followed by a shootout. The playoff games will be played 5-on-5 with the same overtime rules.

For more information on the league and tickets, click HERE.

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FEATURE: Manning battles his way to Blackhawks

Overlooked and undrafted, Brandon Manning battled his way to the National Hockey League

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

With grit, hard work and determination, Brandon Manning has placed his name on the list of athletes who can say they scratched and clawed their way to the big leagues. Nothing has ever been handed to him.

"I think that's something I take pride in, probably every day," he said.

Manning, who signed a two-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on the opening day of free agency, saw his NHL dreams take flight with the Philadelphia Flyers. But a few years before that, he was with the Chilliwack Bruins of the Western Hockey League.

Despite some decent numbers from the blueline and an obvious physical edge, Manning was passed over and went undrafted - a setback, perhaps, but not the end of the road.

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Blackhawks Convention: First Timer's Guide

by Leah Pascarella / chicagoblackhawks.com

Have you purchased a Convention pass for the first time and are wondering what's next? From opening ceremonies to listening to your favorite players divulge what life is like as a Blackhawk, there is something for everyone to enjoy! Check out these tips to make the most of your first Blackhawks Convention.

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