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All-Star Game for Abbott in Allentown

by Eric Mueller / icehogs.com

Rockford, Ill. - The AHL announced today Spencer Abbott will represent the Rockford IceHogs at the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross January 29-30 at the PPL Center, the home of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, in Allentown, Pa.

Abbott will be making his first All-Star appearance, although he was added to the 2014 AHL All-Star Classic but did not play in the game. The native of Hamilton, Ontario, posted a team-high 21 points (8G, 13A) before he was recalled by the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 3. He has collected 42 points on 20G-22A in 49 games with Rockford between the 2014-15 and 2016-17 seasons. Abbott has posted 57G-112A-169pts in 217 career AHL games. The center has appeared in one NHL contest with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 5, 2013, and is scheduled to make his Blackhawks debut tonight against the Buffalo Sabres.

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AHL On the Beat: The Six Swedes

by Holly Sias / TheAHL.com

Imagine leaving the country where you grew up -- the place you built a life, an identity -- and flying thousands of miles to land in a city where you knew no one.

You barely speak the new language.

And now you are expected to adapt as a new citizen of that country, virtually on your own.

If the city you landed in is Rockford, Illinois, however, and your departing flight came from Sweden, you're in luck.

Arriving at your first practice and approaching your first step toward the unknown, you hear the faint sound of your native language. And just like that, you know you're home.

At least that's the case for the Swedes who landed a spot on Rockford's roster this season.

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IceHogs announce training camp schedule

by Eric Mueller / Rockford IceHogs

Chicago Blackhawks General Manager of Minor League Affiliations Mark Bernard announced today the 2016 training camp schedule and roster for the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. The IceHogs start their 18th overall season of professional hockey in Rockford, and 10th in the AHL as the top affiliate of the Blackhawks, on Sunday, Oct. 2 at the BMO Harris Bank Center.

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Bernard Q&A Part 2: Upcoming battles

Mark Bernard discusses newcomers who could make a splash this season

by Emerald Gao / chicagoblackhawks.com

It's been a summer of change for the Blackhawks, with several forward spots opening up and a fierce battle for those jobs looming. While the majority of roster decisions will be made at training camp, which begins Sept. 23, this weekend's Rookie Tournament will offer hockey operations brass an opportunity to evaluate some of the team's emerging talent as they go up against other teams' prospects in Traverse City, Mich. In Part 2 of our Q&A, Director of Hockey Administration/GM of Minor League Affiliations Mark Bernard discusses some new names who could make a splash and the unique situation entering training camp.

"There's probably going to be two or three spots open in Chicago, with four or five players battling for those, so it's going to be an exciting training camp," Bernard predicted. "For these young players, they could go the rest of their careers and never have an opportunity present itself like this, where there are so many spots available on the big club. Those guys have to come into camp and really take advantage of it."

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Bernard Q&A Part 1: Recapping Rockford's standouts

by Emerald Gao / chicagoblackhawks.com

It's been a summer of change for the Blackhawks, with several forward spots opening up and a fierce battle for those jobs looming. While the majority of roster decisions will be made at training camp, which begins Sept. 23, this weekend's Rookie Tournament will offer hockey operations brass an opportunity to evaluate some of the team's emerging talent as they go up against other teams' prospects in Traverse City, Mich. Director of Hockey Administration/GM of Minor League Affiliations Mark Bernard joined chicagoblackhawks.com for a lengthy chat, with Part 1 covering the prospects who stood out in Rockford last year.

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