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FEATURE: A Hockey Fights Cancer chat with Davidson

Brandon Davidson spoke with chicagoblackhawks.com about being cancer free, how hockey helped him fight it and how he's become an ambassador for cancer awareness

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

Blackhawks defenseman Brandon Davidson was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 21. The illness was discovered during a routine physical while with the Edmonton Oilers' American Hockey League affiliate. After his battle with the disease, chemotherapy and rehab, Davidson has been cancer free for two years. He now devotes this month each year to telling his story, raising awareness for men's health, and aiding in Hockey Fights Cancer initiatives. chicagoblackhawks.com's Chris Wescott sat down with Davidson to discuss his story.

WESCOTT: This comes around every year and every year you get involved somehow. What does Hockey Fights Cancer mean to you?

DAVIDSON: I think it's a special month for a lot of reasons, personally. It kind of hits home, and for a lot of people it does as well. It's just really good to see the whole league and all the organizations come together to raise awareness for health and support in that department.

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BLOG: Saturday updates 11/17

Updates, news, notes and video coverage from Saturday's practice at MB Ice Arena

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Blackhawks took the MB Ice Arena ice on Saturday morning, following their 2-1 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night.

Brandon Davidson (right leg), who is on IR, looks like the lone non-participant.

The forward lines based on one of the drills were as follows:

Saad-Toews-Kane

DeBrincat-Anisimov-Schmaltz

Fortin-Kampf-Kahun

Martinsen-Kruger-Hayden

Chicago hosts the Minnesota Wild for Hockey Fights Cancer night on Sunday at 5 p.m. CT. The game can be seen on WGN or heard on WGN 720. Read about all of the planned events for the evening on chicagoblackhawks.com. FIND TICKETS

Check the links below for content from the day.

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RECAP: Kings 2, Blackhawks 1 SO

Rapid reaction, quotes, links to highlights and more from the 2-1 shootout loss to the LA Kings

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

RAPID REACTION: The Blackhawks now have at least a point in three straight games, but Calvin Petersen made 34 saves in his first NHL start and stopped two in the shootout on the way to a 2-1 victory for Los Angeles.

The Kings took a 1-0 lead off an unlucky bounce. A Tyler Toffoli pass attempt redirected in off Duncan Keith past Corey Crawford at 10:29 of the second period.

Video: Jeremy Colliton on power play, loss to LAK

Brandon Saad buried a Jonathan Toews feed from right out in front at 2:39 of the third period to tie the game.

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Highlights, coverage and more

Gameday Central is your one-stop shop for all highlights, videos and more on a Blackhawks gameday

by Chicago Blackhawks / chicagoblackhawks.com

Want highlights, written coverage, tweets and more from the Blackhawks game? Check it all out by visiting chicagoblackhawks.com/gameday.

Refresh the page in game or visit after the game for more coverage and content. 

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FEATURE: For the Holmes family, hockey helps heal

After his cancer diagnosis, 11-year-old Carter Holmes was worried he'd never play hockey again, but the Blackhawks brought him in for a Make-A-Wish moment with his hockey idol

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

For 11-year-old Carter Holmes, hockey is everything.

As practice began to wrap up on Friday at the United Center, Holmes was coaxed off the bench by Head Coach Jeremy Colliton and some of the Blackhawks players. Those tentative steps onto the United Center ice were Holmes' first since being cleared to do so a day before.

It was a celebratory return to the game he loves, with a little help from the team he is crazy about.

Holmes was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in June. If it wasn't for hockey, Holmes may never have discovered the dark illness that was taking hold.

"Hockey is what saved him from cancer," said Carter's mother Tricia.

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PREVIEW: Blackhawks vs Kings 11/16

The Blackhawks look to make it points in three straight when they host the Los Angeles Kings

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Blackhawks are fresh off their first win under new head coach Jeremy Colliton, a 1-0 shutout victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night. With points in two straight games, Chicago is looking to continue to progress as they host the Los Angeles Kings on Friday evening.

Video: Blackhawks vs. Kings game preview

The Blackhawks are led in scoring by Patrick Kane, who has 23 points (12G, 11A) in 18 games this season. Alex DeBrincat is currently second on the team with 16 (9G, 7A) in 19 games. Chicago has two rookies near the top of their class in terms of assists. As of Thursday afternoon, Henri Jokiharju led the pack with nine, while Dominik Kahun was tied for second with Vancouver's Elias Pettersson with seven helpers.

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RELEASE: Kruger activated off IR

The Blackhawks have activated Marcus Kruger off IR and have placed Brandon Davidson on it

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have activated forward Marcus Kruger from injured reserve and placed defenseman Brandon Davidson on injured reserve, retroactive to Nov. 13.

Kruger has played in 16 games for Chicago during the 2018-19 season, registering two goals. He missed the last three games due to a left leg injury.

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RELEASE: Chicago sports teams continue alliance for second year

The Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox Move Forward with Support for Violence Reduction Programs in 2019

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Sports Alliance, the collaboration of five of Chicago's professional sports teams, announced it will move forward in 2019 to lend the teams' collective reach and resources in support of finding innovative solutions to decrease violence in the city. This is the second consecutive year of the Alliance and its contributions.

With this announcement, the Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox, operating together as the Chicago Sports Alliance, confirmed the group will donate a total of $1 million in grants to continue supporting a partnership with the University of Chicago Crime Lab and Choose to Change (C2C), which combines Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc's high-intensity mentoring and advocacy with trauma-informed therapy provided by Children's Home & Aid. New this year, the Alliance will fund the targeted transitional job training program, READI Chicago (Rapid Employment and Development Initiative).

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THREE STARS: Raddysh leading IceHogs from blueline

A weekly look at how Blackhawks prospects are performing at their various levels

by Austin Siegel / chicagoblackhawks.com

Every Thursday throughout the 2018-19 season, chicagoblackhawks.com will highlight prospects who have stood out for their junior, college or professional team in the previous week's action.

Here are this week's Three Stars.

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RELEASE: Blackhawks announce Hockey Fights Cancer details

There are several ways fans can help battle cancer, as well as support those affected by the illness, when the Blackhawks host the Wild on Sunday

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks will host "Hockey Fights Cancer" night at the United Center on Sunday, Nov. 18, when the team faces off against the Minnesota Wild. 

The night will kick-off with a special Purple Carpet event in the United Center Atrium at 3 p.m. Blackhawks Television Color Analyst Eddie Olczyk and former forward Adam Burish will host the event, which will honor fans who are currently battling cancer, have lost a loved one to cancer and those who are in remission. This special event is generously supported by CIBC, which will also be donating $20,000 to the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation for cancer-related causes. Following the Purple Carpet event, gates will open, and the first 10,000 fans to enter the United Center will receive a Blackhawks cancer awareness hat, also presented by CIBC.

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