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THE VERDICT: Looking Back at Chicago's First Jersey Retirement

39 years ago today, the Blackhawks retired Stan Mikita's No. 21 to the rafters of Chicago Stadium

by Bob Verdi /

Wayne Gretzky graced the United Center Monday night, an executive now with a franchise he made famous, the Edmonton Oilers. Smooth as ever, the Great One reminisced about his National Hockey League arrival.

"Right across the street at the Stadium, October of 1979, opener for both teams," he mused. "I'm a nervous kid, and my first faceoff is against Stan Mikita. Legend. And my father Walter's favorite player."

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FEATURE: Wiedeman, Murray Bring Passion for Game to Radio

Chicago's radio broadcast team for nearly 20 years, John Wiedeman and Troy Murray honored with bobblehead giveaway on Sunday vs. Washington

by Chris Kuc @ChrisKuc /

Broadcasters John Wiedeman and Troy Murray had mixed reactions upon seeing their likenesses on a bobblehead the Blackhawks will distribute to the first 10,000 fans who attend Sunday's game against the Capitals (TICKETS).

"They've made me better-looking than I actually am," said Wiedeman, who has been the Blackhawks radio play-by-play announcer since 2006. "When I first saw it, I looked at it and I thought, 'Wow, the guy on the left, me, looks like a gameshow host and the guy on the right looks like my old neighbor who had a real mean cat.'"

What does the "old neighbor" think of his depiction?

"It's hard to mess up a bald guy," said Murray, the former Blackhawks center who provides color commentary on the team's radio broadcasts alongside Wiedeman. "But it looks good. It kind of depicts what John and I are both all about. When you get a bobblehead, you've made it."

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THREE THINGS: Shin Pads, Alex's Office and Killing Time

Three takeaways from Chicago's 3-2 OT win over Columbus on Friday night

by Chris Kuc @ChrisKuc /

Jonathan Toews scored the game-winner in overtime to lift the Blackhawks to a 3-2 victory over the Blue Jackets on Friday night at the United Center.

Alex DeBrincat added a goal and an assist, Drake Caggiula also scored and Patrick Kane had two assists to provide the offense for goaltender Robin Lehner (37 saves).

"That's a hard-working team," Toews said of the Blue Jackets. "They have some skill. They play well as a team and they didn't give us much room out there. It's probably not our best start, there are a lot of things that we know we can do better, but … you have to find ways to win those games. You can't let them slip so it's nice to get two points."

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RELEASE: Blackhawks Recall Dach from Conditioning Stint

No. 3 overall pick played in three games for Chicago's AHL affiliate while on assignment

by Chicago Blackhawks Communications /

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have recalled forward Kirby Dach from his conditioning assignment from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

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RECAP: Blackhawks beat Blue Jackets 3-2 in Overtime

Full coverage from Chicago's overtime win against the Columbus Blue Jackets

by Monterey Pepper /

The Blackhawks extend their win streak to two after a 3-2 overtime win against the Blue Jackets Friday night at the United Center.

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PREVIEW: Blackhawks vs. Blue Jackets - Oct. 18

Chicago looks to build off first win as Columbus makes lone trip of the season to the United Center

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

TIME: 7:30 p.m. CT

Fresh off their first win of the season, the Blackhawks return to action on Friday night as the Columbus Blue Jackets visit the United Center for the lone time this season (TICKETS).

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MEDICAL UPDATE: Smith Out for Maintenance Day

Veteran forward will not practice with Blackhawks on Thursday

by Chicago Blackhawks Communications /

Chicago Blackhawks team physician Dr. Michael Terry today released the following medical update:

Forward Zack Smith will not practice today (maintenance day).

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PODCAST: Hawks are Hitting, Dave Bolland Talks One More Shift

The Insider crew talk second period play, plus hear from Dave Bolland ahead of his "One More Shift"

by Staff /

Blackhawks Insider, pres. by reflects on the first four games of the season along with a one-on-one interview.

Baum, Kuc, and Burish break down the importance of a strong second period along with an interview with Dave Bolland to discuss his "One More Shift" this Friday. 

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#TBT: Hossa's OT Winner a Defining Moment in 2010 Cup Run

Iconic moment captured in bobblehead giveaway at 2010 Anniversary Night on Friday vs. Columbus

by Chris Kuc @ChrisKuc /

Throughout every championship journey a team has a defining moment that helps determine its destiny.

The Blackhawks encountered one of those during the 2010 postseason when they were 63 seconds from being down 3-2 to the Predators in the Western Conference quarterfinals with Marian Hossa headed to the penalty box and Game 6 scheduled to be played in Nashville.

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LONG READ: Duncan Keith's Unwavering Will to Win

A lot has changed in Duncan Keith's life over the course of his 15-year NHL career, but his desire to win is stronger than ever

by Chris Kuc @ChrisKuc /

Duncan Keith strolled into the Blackhawks' dressing room and sat down not far from where his son, Colton, was fielding questions from Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat about the 6-year-old's social life.

With a smile, Keith watched as his son bantered with dad's teammates, a scene quite the contrast from early on in the defenseman's career when life was all about hanging out and playing hockey with the guys.

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