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PROSPECTS: Jalen Luypen, Oil Kings Capture WHL Title

Blackhawks prospect to compete for Memorial Cup after Edmonton secured third league championship on Monday

by Molly Keshin @mollykesh22 / Blackhawks.com

It's been three whole years since a team was crowned as the Western Hockey League champion--a result of the COVID-19 pandemic--but on Monday, Blackhawks forward prospect Jalen Luypen helped the WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings earn the Ed Chynoweth Cup for the first time since 2014 and their third in franchise history. 

The 19-year-old British Columbia native was selected by Chicago as the seventh-round pick in last year's draft and has since capitalized on his fourth season with the Oil Kings, finishing the regular season third in goal scoring for the league's third-highest scoring team with four goals and five assists in 19 playoff games.

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BLOG: Development Camp, Prospect Showcase Dates Set at Fifth Third Arena

Chicago's prospects to gather from July 11-15, host Tom Kurvers Prospect Showcase from Sept. 16-18

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks have announced the dates for 2022 Development Camp (July 11-15) and the 2022 Tom Kurvers Prospect Showcase (Spet. 16-18) with both events held at Fifth Third Arena.

Development Camp on-ice sessions will begin on Monday, July 11 and will run from approximately 10:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. each day at Fifth Third Arena. Practices will be conducted Monday through Thursday and the group will hold scrimmages on Friday beginning at approximately 10:00 a.m., all of which will be open for fans to attend.

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PROSPECTS: IceHogs Eliminated in Conference Semifinal Sweep by Wolves

Rockford's season comes to end with 4-1 loss on Sunday afternoon

by Rockford IceHogs Staff / IceHogs.com

ROCKFORD, Ill. -- The Rockford IceHogs saw their season come to an end with a 4-1 loss to the Chicago Wolves in the Central Division Semifinals on Sunday night at BMO Harris Bank Center. 

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PROSPECTS: IceHogs Fall in Game 2 as Series Shifts to Rockford

Regula scores lone goal as Wolves take 4-1 victory over IceHogs in Division Semifinal series

by Rockford IceHogs Staff / IceHogs.com

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- The Rockford IceHogs fell 4-1 Saturday night against the Chicago Wolves at Allstate Arena to fall behind 0-2 in the Central Division Semifinals. 

After outshooting Rockford 20-1 in the first period, the Wolves took a 2-0 lead into the intermission. The first tally came when forward Josh Leivo scored on the rebound off of the near post at 16:52 in the period. Just under two minutes later, Wolves defenseman Josh Jacobs went across the ice to forward CJ Smith who fired off a one-timer to make it a 2-0 contest at 18:42 in the opening frame.

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PROSPECTS: Reichel, Barratt Score as IceHogs Fall to Wolves in Game One

Rockford drops opening game of best-of-five series on Thursday night in Rosemont

by Rockford IceHogs Staff / IceHogs.com

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- The Rockford IceHogs dropped Game One of the Central Division Semifinals 6-2 against the Chicago Wolves Thursday night at Allstate Arena.

The IceHogs took their only lead of the night when forward Lukas Reichel forced a turnover and netted the unassisted goal on the breakaway at 6:16 in the opening frame for the rookie's second goal of the postseason. Reichel also led the season series against the Wolves with 15 points (5G, 10A) during the regular season.

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PROSPECTS: IceHogs Advance to Division Semifinals vs. Chicago

Soderblom's 36-save shutout propels Rockford past Texas in Game 2 to sweep opening series

by Rockford IceHogs Staff / IceHogs.com

ROCKFORD, Ill. -- The Rockford IceHogs advanced past the Texas Stars on Friday night with a 1-0 overtime win in Game Two to take a series sweep in the AHL's Central Division First Round. Arvid Soderblom made 36 saves in a shutout victory before Dylan McLaughlin netted the game-winner in the opening minute of the extra frame. 

With the win, Rockford advances to the Central Division Semifinals, presented by BMO Harris Bank, against the Chicago Wolves. The IceHogs will host the Wolves at BMO Harris Bank Center for Game 3 and Game 4, if necessary, of the series. Games 1, 2 and, if neccessary, 5 with be played at Allstate Arena in Rosemont. 

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PROSPECTS: IceHogs Top Stars to Take Game One in Best-of-Three Series

Soderblom makes 33 saves, Reichel scores as IceHogs take Game One over Texas in first round

by Rockford IceHogs Staff / IceHogs.com

ROCKFORD, Ill. -- The Rockford IceHogs (1-0-0-0) took Game One of the first round best-of-three series against the Texas Stars (0-1-0-0) thanks to a pair of goals from forwards Lukas Reichel and Carson Gicewicz.

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PROSPECTS: IceHogs Draw First-Round Matchup Against Texas Stars

Rockford to begin playoffs Wednesday night in best-of-three series against Texas

by Rockford IceHogs Staff / IceHogs.com

The Rockford IceHogs announced their postseason schedule for the first round of the 2022 Calder Cup Playoffs against the Texas Stars.

The IceHogs will host the Stars at BMO Harris Bank Center for every game of the best-of-three, first-round series.


Central Division First Round (Best-of-Three)

Rockford (#4) vs. Texas (#5)

  • Game 1: Wednesday, May 4 at 7 p.m. 
  • Game 2: Friday, May 6 at 7 p.m. 
  • Game 3*: Saturday, May 7 at 6 p.m.
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PROSPECTS: Reichel Becomes IceHogs' Greatest Rookie Scorer

Forward passes Vinnie Hinostroza for Rockford's all-time rookie points record

by Rockford IceHogs Staff / IceHogs.com

ROCKFORD, Ill. - With two assists on Sunday against the Iowa Wild, Rockford IceHogs forward Lukas Reichel became the greatest rookie scorer in team history, netting his 52nd and 53rd points of the season and passing Vinnie Hinostroza's 51-point feat during the 2015-16 season.

"I thought he did some special things with the puck, said IceHogs interim head coach Anders Sorensen. "I think his game has progressed."

Reichel's team-high 14th multi-point performance guided the IceHogs against the Wild Sunday evening but came up short in a 5-3 setback and now prepare for a rematch against the Wild in Des Moines on Wednesday. The contest marked his fourth career AHL two-assist contest and 12th two-point game. The Nürnberg, Germany, native registered his first AHL hat trick on Nov. 7 vs. Manitoba and recorded a career-high four points (2G, 2A) on Jan. 7 vs. Chicago.

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FEATURE: Commesso Forges Path Through Adversity to Olympic Stage

Blackhawks goalie prospect primed for global stage after unique path over last two years

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

In early January, Drew Commesso was home in Boston getting ready for his first weekend of games back with Boston University teammates when his phone rang.

A week prior, COVID-19 prematurely ended his World Juniors hopes for the second straight year. Now, with the NHL withdrawing participation from the Winter Olympics amid their own COVID concerns, the Blackhawks goalie prospect listened intently to news from the other end of the line. The pandemic that put a halt to Commesso's shot on the national stage not once, but twice over the last year and a half, was now giving him the opportunity of a lifetime, named one of 25 players named to the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men's National Team.

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