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BLOG: Kane earns Second All-Star Team honors at NHL Awards

Patrick Kane was also a Ted Lindsay Award finalist after a 110 point season in Chicago

by Austin Siegel /

Patrick Kane's historic season did not go unnoticed at the 2019 NHL Awards in Las Vegas, as #88 was named to the NHL Second All-Star Team and was a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Star forwards Sidney Crosby, @88PKane and @Bmarch63 highlight the 2018-19 NHL Second All-Star Team. #NHLAwards

 After a career-high 110 points (44G, 66A) in 2018-19, Kane received the Second All-Star Team honor alongside forwards Sidney Crosby and Brad Marchand. He joins Connor McDavid as the only players on teams that missed the postseason in 2019 to be named to All-Star Teams. 

Nikita Kucherov took home the Ted Lindsay and Hart Awards after a 128-point season with Tampa Bay. 

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BLOG: Dan Marr sees Byram rising up draft board

The NHL's Director of Central Scouting talked about Bowen Byram's emergence as a possiblity for the Blackhawks with the third pick

by Austin Siegel /

With the first two picks of the 2019 NHL Draft looking like an open secret, the Blackhawks have a world of options with the third pick.

One guy who has played his way into the conversation at #3 is Bowen Byram, according to NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr. The Vancouver Giants defenseman is coming off a 71-point season for the WHL powerhouse and a championship game appearance. 

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"Dach and Cozens have always been in the mix but Bowen Byram, right from the U-18 camp in the summertime, he has this leadership skill about his game, he goes out and makes an impact," Marr said. "You start out with one player, maybe two, but they seperate themselves."

Byram entered the Combine as the 2nd-ranked North American skater in the NHL's Draft Prospect Rankings, behind consensus top pick Jack Hughes. 



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BLOG: Halifax fall in Memorial Cup Final

Jake Ryczek grabbed an assist as Halifax dropped a close game to Rouyn-Noranda

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The Halifax Moosheads fell 4-2 in a tightly contested Memorial Cup Final, as the QMJHL champion Rouyn-Noranda Huskies won the CHL's most prestigious tournament. 

With two Blackhawks prospect in goalie Alexis Gravel and defenseman Jake Ryczek, the Mooseheads advanced to the Memorial Cup Final as hosts of the tournament and QMJHL runner-ups. Gravel got the start in net on Sunday and made 31 saves in the championship game.

Ryczek played a part in the Mooseheads first goal of the game, as Halifax jumped out a 1-0 lead in the first period. The 2016 seventh-round pick finished the QMJHL postseason and Memorial Cup with 15 points (1 G, 14 A), as his blast from the point was deflected in front of net and tapped home by Samuel Asselin to give Halifax the early lead.

Four unanswered Rouyn-Noranda goals would be enought to see the Huskies claim their first Memorial Cup crown. 



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BLOG: Jim Cornelison returns to Indy 500

The Blackhawk anthem singer performed "Back Home Again in Indiana" on Sunday

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Jim Cornelison returned to Indianapolis Motor Speedway to perform "Back Home Again in Indiana" at the Indy 500 on Sunday. Making his third appearance at one of the most famous races in sports, the Blackhawks anthem singer paid tribute to his home state with the famous song. 

Tweet from @IndyCaronNBC: Race fans, welcome back home in Indiana.@Anthem_Singer Jim Cornelison, alongside the @PurdueBands, perform "Back Home Again in Indiana." Watch the #Indy500 on @NBC:

Cornelison was joined by the Purdue University band to kick off the Indy 500 with the song that has marked the beginning of the race since 1946. Jim Nabors handled song duties from 1972 to 2014 with Cornelison taking on the role in 2017.

Cornelison wrote about his experience performing at the Indy 500 for in 2018.

Tweet from @NHLBlackhawks: Did you hear a familiar voice at the #Indy500?Take a behind-the-scenes look at #Blackhawks anthem singer Jim Cornelison's unforgettable experience at the race!



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BLOG: Slavin, Chicago Steel fall in Clark Cup Final

Sioux Falls completed a sweep of the Steel on Friday night in Geneva

by Austin Siegel /

The Chicago Steel lost to Sioux Falls 4-1 on Friday night, as the Stampede finished off a Clark Cup Final sweep to claim the USHL championship.

Blackhawks seventh-round pick Josiah Slavin impressed throughout the series and will head to Colorado College in the fall to begin his NCAA career. 

Slavin scored his first goal of the series in a tight Game 1 loss, firing home a deflection to keep Chicago in the game. He also scored the lone Steel goal on Friday night, beating Sioux Falls goalie Jaxon Stauber with a five-hole tally to get Chicago on the board. 

After beginning the season as captain of the Omaha Stars, Slavin made the most of a trade deadline move to Chicago. He ended the USHL season with 47 points (24 G, 23 A) and scored four goals throughout a deep postseason run for the Steel. 


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BLOG: Rockford agrees to terms with Coughlin & Ramsey

Forwards Liam Coughlin and Jack Ramsey have signed one-year AHL deals that run through 2019-20

by Chris Wescott /

The Rockford IceHogs have agreed to terms with a pair of forwards on one-year AHL contracts that run through the 2019-20 season. Both were unsigned NHL Draft picks and college seniors.

Liam Coughlin, 24, is coming off his senior season at the University of Vermont, in which he recorded a career-high 17 points, scoring six goals. The 6'2", 201-pound forward was originally selected by Edmonton in the fifth round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

Jack Ramsey, 23, finished his career as an alternate captain for the University of Minnesota in 2018-19. The forward recorded three goals and one assist in 38 games during his senior year. He then made his pro debut with the Indy Fuel of the ECHL, scoring one goal in four games.

Ramsey was originally a seventh-round pick of the Blackhawks in 2014.

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BLOG: Halifax falls in QMJHL championship, will host Memorial Cup

Blackhawks prospects Alexis Gravel and Jake Ryczek aren't done yet after an impressive playoff run

by Austin Siegel /

Two Blackhawks prospects saw their QMJHL championship hopes fall short this weekend, as the Halifax Mooseheads dropped Game 6 to Rouyn-Noranda 4-0 and denied goalie Alexis Gravel and defenseman Jake Ryczek a championship.

The pair of Chicago prospects impressed during the championship series, as Ryczek chipped in two assists and Gravel was outstanding between the pipes, including a 41-save performance in a Game 2 win and a 39-save performance in a losing effort in Game 5.

Tweet from @HFXMooseheads: Alex Gravel was unbelievable during this President Cup playoff drive. We are so proud. #GoMooseGo

If there's any such thing as a consolation after falling short in a championship series, the Mooseheads will play in this month's Memorial Cup, qualifying automatically as hosts of the tournament. And the QMJHL champion Huskies will be waiting in the tournament, giving Gravel and Ryczek an opportunity to renew acquaintances with Rouyn-Noranda.

Fellow Blackhawks prospect MacKenzie Entwistle will lead the OHL champion Guelph Storm into the tournament, after they closed out the Ottawa 67's on Sunday afternoon. 

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BLOG: Entwistle, Guelph win 2019 OHL Championship

The Blackhawks prospect recorded an assist in Sunday's decisive Game 6 victory

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Blackhawks prospect MacKenzie Entwistle won his second straight OHL Championship and helped Guelph win their first since 2014 as the Storm closed out Ottawa 8-3 on Sunday afternoon. 

Before Entwistle was traded to the Blackhawks organization over the summer, the 19-year-old helped the Hamilton Bulldogs win an OHL Championship in 2018. The road to a title was even harder in Guelph, as the Storm battled back from a 3-0 and 3-1 series deficit during the 2019 OHL Playoffs, going a remarkable 9-0 in elimination games.

Entwistle finished among Guelph's top five leading scorers during the playoff run, with seven goals and 14 assists in 24 postseason games.

In appropiate fashion, the Storm fell behind 2-0 on Sunday afternoon, before five unanswered goals from Guelph locked up the championship. Entwistle dished the puck to Philadelphia Flyers prospect Isaac Ratcliffe for the equalizer, a primary assist and his 24th point of the playoffs.

Guelph will represent the OHL in this month's Memorial Cup in Halifax, a round-robin tournament between each league of the CHL. Jake Ryczek and Alexis Gravel of the Halifax Mooseheads will join Entiwistle as the three Blackhawks participating in the tourrnament.

The Mooseheads lost the QMJHL championship in six games to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, but qualified for the Memorial Cup as hosts. 

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BLOG: Entwistle records assist in big win

The Blackhawks prospect now has 20 points in 23 postseason games

by Chris Wescott /

Guelph is now on the cusp of winning an Ontario Hockey League championship, courtesy of a 4-3 win over Ottawa on Friday night.

Blackhawks prospect MacKenzie Entwistle recorded the primary assist on Guelph's third goal which gave the Storm a 3-1 victory.

Entwistle now has 20 points (7G, 13A) in 23 games during this 2019 postseason run.

The Storm will try to secure the championship on Sunday at home in Guelph.

Over in the QMJHL playoffs, Blackhawks prospects Jake Ryczek and Alexis Gravel are down 3-2 in their series against Rouyn-Noranda with Game 6 taking place tonight.

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BLOG: Kane named Most Valuable Blackhawk

Patrick Kane had a career season with 110 total points

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Patrick Kane earned enough votes to be named Most Valuable Blackhawk in's 2019 Fans Choice Awards.

The Ted Lindsay Award finalist put together the best season of his career, collecting 110 points (44G, 66A) in 81 games. He led the team in goals, assists, and points, as well as in shots with 341 on the season.

Tweet from @NHLBlackhawks: Ladies and gentlemen, the Fans Choice Awards votes are in and...........@88PKane is your 2019 Most Valuable Blackhawk! Congrats, Kaner.

His 66 assists and 110 points were both career highs.

Kane had a 20-game point streak from Jan. 3 to Feb. 24 and recorded at least a point in every road game from Nov. 23 to March 2.

This season, the Blackhawks superstar surpassed Steve Larmer on the franchise's all-time points leaderboard with 938 in his career so far.

Kane, who turned 30 in November, will captain Team USA at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia beginning this weekend.

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