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BLOG: Monday updates 1/21

Updates, news, notes and more from practice at MB Ice Arena on Monday

by Chris Wescott /

The Blackhawks practiced at MB Ice Arena on Monday, following an 8-5 victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday afternoon.

Corey Crawford and Brendan Perlini (concussion protocol) did not join the team for practice. Gustav Forsling (upper torso) was on the ice.

Patrick Kane wasnamed the NHL's Third Star of the Week this morning, as practice began.

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BLOG: Kane named NHL's 3rd Star of the Week

Kane is currently riding a an eight-game point streak with multi-point outings in six of those games

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Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane was named the NHL's Third Star of the Week by the league this morning.

In two road games this past week in New Jersey and against the New York Rangers, Kane compiled two goals and three assists. He capped off the solid week with a superb two-goal, three-assist performance in an 8-5 victory over Washington on Sunday afternoon.

Tweet from @NHL: Your @Molson_Canadian Three Stars of the Week: Robin Lehner: 3-0-0, 0.67 GAA, .970 SV%, 1 SO @MikaZibanejad: 5-27 in 3 GP, 3 GWG @88PKane: 4-610 in 3 GP

Kane is currently riding an eight-game point streak, in which he has seven goals and 13 assists for a total of 20 points. He paces the team with a total of 70 points (29G, 41A) in 49 games.

From the NHL:


Kane, the top scorer on the Blackhawks (17-24-9, 43 points), registered one four-point outing and one five-point performance to lead the NHL with 4-6-10 in three games. He opened the week with 2-2-4, his eighth multi-goal effort of the season, in an 8-5 loss to the New Jersey Devils Jan. 14. Kane collected one assist in a 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers Jan. 17. He then posted 2-3-5, his second career five-point game and first since Jan. 9, 2018 (1-4-5 at OTT), in an 8-5 victory over the Washington Capitals Jan. 20. The 30-year-old Buffalo native sits fifth in the League with 29-41-70 through 49 total contests this season. That includes 7-13-20 during an active eight-game point streak, giving him the most points thus far in the 2019 calendar year.

The Blackhawks take on the New York Islanders on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. CT.

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BLOG: Central Scouting release mid-season rankings

Hughes and Kakko are top-ranked North American and International skaters

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NHL Central Scouting has released their mid-season rankings of draft-eligible prospects.

Center Jack Hughes of the U.S. National Team Development Program's Under-18 squad is the top-ranked North American Skater, while right winger Kaapo Kakko of Finland's TPS ranks number one among International Skaters.

Hughes leads the U.S. U-18 team with 12 goals and 41 assists in 27 games this season.

[View midterm rankings: NA Skaters | NA Goalies | Int'l Skaters | Int'l Goalies]

"Hughes is in a special class all his own for the 2019 NHL Draft and the best is yet to come," said Director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr. "He is an exceptional skater who plays the game with speed and quickness, both with and without the puck. He possesses a package of skills and smarts that place him in the category of being a game-changer - his hockey sense is excellent, and his skill level is elite with the precision and quickness in which he can execute plays."

Kakko helped the Finns take gold at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.

"Kakko is an exceptionally skilled power forward package who is in his second season playing a big role on the top team (TPS) in the Finnish league, where he has shown impressive versatility playing both wing and center," said Marr. "He is strong on the puck and to the net, and has proven he is battle-ready competing on the world stage - one of the few players who have the potential to make the jump to the NHL next season."

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BLOG: Crawford skates, plus more updates from practice 1/19

Corey Crawford was on the ice before practice, and other updates from MB Ice Arena

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The Blackhawks took to the MB Ice Arena ice for practice on Saturday morning, ahead of Sunday's matinee meeting with the Washington Capitals.

Goaltender Corey Crawford (concussion) was on the ice with Collin Delia and Cam Ward and goalie coach Jimmy Waite half an hour before practice began. Crawford has missed time since Dec. 16. He left the ice as the full practice began.

Tweet from @BHTVeric: Corey Crawford is on the ice with Cam Ward and Collin Delia a half hour before practice gets underway. #Blackhawks

Tweet from @BHTVeric: Corey Crawford sees some shots from Jimmy Waite prior to practice. #Blackhawks

Defenseman Gustav Forsling (upper torso) also joined the team for practice. He was placed on IR on Jan. 9. Forward Brendan Perlini is in concussion protocol and did not participate in practice, the team announced.

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BLOG: Lines shuffled as Blackhawks try new combinations

Caggiula joined Toews and Kane on the top line

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On Saturday, the forward lines were shuffled as the Blackhawks attempt to reverse their fortunes of late.

Head Coach Jeremy Colliton bumped up Drake Caggiula, who is fresh off his first point in a Blackhawks uniform. At practice, Caggiula skated on the top-line wing with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

"We're not happy with where we are," said Colliton. "We want to get better, so we're going to try new things. It's not the first time those two guys have played together, Toews and Kane, and I think Caggiula provides some grit, some puck-winning ability and he has a little skill. So that could be something."

Alex DeBrincat, Dylan Strome and Dominik Kahun made up the second line. Brandon Saad, David Kampf, and Marcus Kruger were on the third, while John Hayden, Artem Anisimov, and Chris Kunitz skated on the fourth line.

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BLOG: Colliton provides updates on Crawford, Forsling

Both injured players skated on Saturday at practice

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The Blackhawks had a positive development happen before practice on Saturday. Corey Crawford took to the ice alongside his fellow goaltenders and Goalie Coach Jimmy Waite. He put in some work before exiting ahead of the full skate.

Crawford is recovering from a concussion that has kept him out of action since Dec. 16. 

"Positive that he was out there, but I'm not sure it means a ton," said Head Coach Jeremy Colliton. "Hopefully, he continues to feel better."

To the coach's knowledge, this was the first time Crawford has skated. On if the plan is for more of these short skates ahead of practice, Colliton added, "I don't know, eventually. Whether that's tomorrow or a week from now, I don't know. But it is a good sign."

Gustav Forsling, who is dealing with an upper torso injury, skated during practice for the first time since being placed on IR.

"I think he's feeling better," said Colliton. "Took contact today, so he looked pretty good out there."

Colliton ruled out a return by the defenseman when the Blackhawks host the Capitals on Sunday.

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Get your questions in for Monday Mailbag

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Former Blackhawks forward, 2010 Stanley Cup champion and Blackhawks TV contributor Adam Burish will answer fan questions as part of's Mailbag series on select Mondays throughout the 2018-19 season.

You the fans can submit your burning questions about the team or just general questions for Burish. Yours may be one of the few picked. Submit yours below today and check for the answers.

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BLOG: Stanley Cup champion Brandon Bollig announces retirement

The former Blackhawks forward announced his retirement via social media on Wednesday night

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Former Blackhawks forward and Stanley Cup champion Brandon Bollig announced his retirement via a social media post on Wednesday night.

"The time has come to officially retire from professional hockey," he wrote. "I feel so fortunate and blessed to have the career I did. As a child, I dreamt every day of what it would be like to play in the NHL. For me, that dream became an unexpected reality."

Instagram from @bollig87: Thank you to the game of Ice Hockey for the wonderful experience, countless memories and valuable lessons. You've made me the person I am today and I'll be forever grateful. I have officially retired.

Bollig, 31, played in 241 regular season NHL games and finished his career with 10 goals and 13 assists. In NHL postseason play, Bollig had three goals and an assist in 35 appearances. He played for the Blackhawks in at least parts of the 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, and is a 2013 Stanley Cup champion.

"I was lucky enough to be on the Chicago Blackhawks team that won the Stanley Cup in 2013. This is something I dreamt about more than anything else growing up… what would it be like to host the Stanley Cup? For me, the entire experience was indescribable and one that I will cherish for the rest of my life."

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BLOG: Practice updates from New York 1/16

Updates, news, notes and video links from practice on Wednesday in New York City

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Following an off-day on Tuesday, the Blackhawks returned to the ice on Wednesday for practice at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Chicago takes on the Rangers on Thursday at 6 p.m. CT. The game can be seen on NBCSCH, streamed on NHL.TV and via the MyTeamsApp or heard on WGN 720.

The Blackhawks tried to keep things lighthearted and high-energy at practice.

"Happy hockey players are good hockey players so let's get them going," said Head Coach Jeremy Colliton. "Let's have energy. It wasn't the game we wanted, but no point dwelling on it. I think we know that isn't us. Part of that is the energy, the enthusiasm, the compete and battle level. That's what we're missing, so let's bring that tomorrow."

Check the links below for coverage from the day.

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BLOG: Local prep student recognized by ESPN

St. Ignatius College Prep's Patrick Doyle received national recognition for his play of late

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Patrick Doyle, a star hockey player for St. Ignatius College Prep of the Chicago Catholic League, was recognized as ESPN's "Best Player in the World of the Week."

Doyle has 26 goals and eight assists heading into this weekend's games.

Tweet from @SICPBoysHockey: A huge 5-4 OT W against @BenetHkyVarsity. MVP of the game- Pat Doyle with the hat-trick and the buzzer beater game winning goal. The boys are back this weekend with the Jesuit Cup. Go Pack!

On Sunday, against Benet Academy, Doyle racked up a hat trick, including the buzzer-beater overtime winner.

The big night happened at MB Ice Arena, the official practice rink of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Congrats to Doyle!

(Photo by Tim O'Brien/The Beverly Review)

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