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BLOG: Sikura brothers start together, three wear the As

by Chris Wescott /

Brothers Dylan and Tyler Sikura did not only play together tonight, they got to come out in the starting lineup together for the anthems.

Tweet from @NHLBlackhawks: Frame it.Brothers Dylan and Tyler Sikura will take the ice for the #Blackhawks in the same game for the first time since Jonathan and David Toews accomplished the feat on Sept. 20, 2011!

As for the captain situation, Marcus Kruger, Andreas Martinsen and PTO camp invite Brandon Davidson are wearing the As at the Canadian Tire Centre.

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BLOG: Boqvist extends stay in Chicago

Adam Boqvist to remain with the Blackhawks after two solid preseason games

by Chris Wescott /

The eighth-overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft is here to stay for at least the immediate future. Adam Boqvist's play through camp and two preseason games has the Blackhawks wanting to see more.

"I think he's going to be alright for a while here," Head Coach Joel Quenneville said after the game. "When I say 'a while' I mean we'll see how he does next week. But he's not going back (to juniors) tomorrow."

"I think as we've gone through camp and we see him play through the games, we're watching him. We've been pleased with him. It's almost like, when you come to camp, we want to watch these guys. They make those decisions for us with how they play and it's been a positive one."

Quenneville wouldn't rule out that Boqvist could even make the roster when the team breaks camp for the regular season.

"I'm not throwing that out of the realm of possibilities."

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BLOG: Training Camp updates 9/19

Updates, news, notes, video coverage and more from Blackhawks Training Camp on Wednesday

by Austin Siegel /

The Chicago Blackhawks were back at MB Ice Arena this morning, as training camp continued after last night's preseason opener in Columbus.

Video: Brandon Manning set for preseason debut in DET

Dominik Kahun and Alexandre Fortin combined for the Blackhawks only goal in a 4-1 loss to Columbus on Tuesday night. It was the first point in a Chicago sweater for Kahun, who signed a two-year contract with the Blackhawks after starring in Germany and at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Cam Ward and Collin Delia split goaltending duties for the Blackhawks.

A pair of injury updates were announced with Murphy sidelined 8-12 weeks and Jan Rutta listed as day-to-day with a groin injury.

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BLOG: Manning on opportunity and potential

by Austin Siegel /

Brandon Manning's role on the 2018-19 Chicago Blackhawks is still coming into focus. Playing alongside young defensemen like Henri Jokiharju and Adam Boqvist, Manning has been a veteran leader on the blueline throughout training camp. But with Connor Murphy expected to miss time with a back injury, Manning will also need to provide a spark this season to help Chicago avoid a slow start. 

"In practice, it's tough because I like to play a competitive game and a physical game. It's kind of hard to do in practice," he said. "You just lead by example, try and go out there and help with the young guys. Learn from the guys who have been here and done so many good things for themselves and their careers."

Manning entered NHL free agency for the first time this offseason, joining the Blackhawks after six seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers. With the preseason getting underway, he said he's looking forward to learning a new system in Chicago. 

"It's one thing to play in some short games and have some good practices, but games are another level," Manning said. "It'll be nice get down there and just compete on a regular basis against other teams."

Playing on a blueline with a mix of veteran players and prospects, Manning said he sees a lot of potential in a group highlighted by Jokiharju and Boqvist.

"Obviously the two young kids there, they're both right-hand shots, they're both skilled players," he said. "You can see that they're going to be really good players. There are kind of a few holes right now with guys in and out of practice. In my experience, it's good for the young guys to see that opportunity and maybe have a few extra games."

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BLOG: Training Camp updates 9/17

Updates, news, notes, video coverage and more from the Blackhawks scrimmage at Training Camp on Monday

by Chris Wescott /

The Chicago Blackhawks were back on the ice Monday morning, participating in a Red and White scrimmage at MB Ice Arena.

The Red Team struck first in the opening frame when Tyler Sikura buried a backhand shot, assisted by Shaw Boomhower.

Tweet from @BHTVeric: Jan Rutta's broken stick leads to a 2-on-1. Shaw Boomhower dishes to Tyler Sikura, who roofs a backhander past Anton Forsberg. #Blackhawks

Adam Boqvist recorded an assist on this shot that Philipp Kurashev got a piece of behind the goalie.

Tweet from @BHTVeric: The shot from Adam Boqvist trickles past Matt Tomkins and Philipp Kurashev chips it past the goal line. #Blackhawks

In the end, Team Red won 3-2.

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BLOG: Training Camp updates 9/16

Updates, news, notes, video and more from Sunday at MB Ice Arena

by Chris Wescott /

The Chicago Blackhawks were back on the ice Sunday morning for Training Camp at MB Ice Arena.

Corey Crawford skated with Goaltending Coach Jimmy Waite before the morning session, as he did on Friday. Defenseman Brent Seabrook (abdominal) skated ahead of the second session and then joined the team for practice.

Tweet from @BHTVeric: Brent Seabrook is on the ice with the #Blackhawks for practice.


Video: Ryan Stewart recaps the TCF scrimmage


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BLOG: Seabrook felt "pretty good" in first day back

by Chris Wescott /

On the first day of Training Camp, it was announced that Blackhawks veteran defenseman Brent Seabrook would miss approximately one week with an abdominal injury. On Sunday, the third day of camp, Seabrook was back on the ice. He came out early to test things and then participated in the afternoon practice with his teammates.

"I think that was the plan we set out on the first day and it really went well," Seabrook said. "It was something that started bugging me about three weeks ago, but it was getting better progressively. When it got tested by the doctor, he thought it was something else so it was panic there for a couple of hours and then we sort of went with it and did our thing and tried to calm it down as best we could. Today felt pretty good."

Video: Seabrook returns from injury

Seabrook is happy the injury won't keep him out for a prolonged time, especially after the hard work he put in this offseason.

"To be honest, when doc gave me the news I freaked out," he said. "Obviously, I put a lot of effort into the summer, trying to get my body where it needs to be to have a good season and have a good camp. I think that's where it's going to start for us here this season, is right now and during camp. I was pretty disappointed I wasn't able to partake in the first day and the first couple of days on the ice. It was nice to be out there today, that's for sure."

The Blackhawks are very hopeful that Seabrook's summer translates to a big year from the veteran blueliner.

"He had a good summer," said Head Coach Joel Quenneville. "I thought he did a real good job of training and pushing it to the next level. I think when we're looking at his fitness levels, and he wasn't able to test that day, but we know that he's way better than he's ever been. That commitment shows he's doing everything he can to enhance his game and enhance our team game."

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BLOG: Training Camp Festival coverage

View updates, news, notes, written and video coverage from the 2018 Training Camp Festival at the United Center

by Chris Wescott /

The Chicago Blackhawks held their annual Training Camp Festival at the United Center today. Team Red beat Team White 6-4. Check out below for full coverage plus links to the highlights.

Video: Training Camp Festival sights and sounds

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BLOG: Chelios honors Mikita

Blackhawks Ambassador Chris Chelios honored the late Stan Mikita at Wrigley Field

by Chris Wescott /

Blackhawks Ambassador Chris Chelios honored the late Stan Mikita during the seventh-inning stretch last night at Wrigley Field.

Chelios hung Mikita's Blackhawks jersey from the broadcast booth as he sang "Take me out to the ballgame."

Tweet from @NBCSBlackhawks: Chris Chelios paid tribute to the great Stan Mikita while singing the stretch at Wrigley tonight.

Tweet from @paulamarieosk: Not only did Chelios honor Stan Mikita tonight, he also brought along the hanger to hang the jersey from the booth. #Blackhawks #Cubs

Mikita played his entire 22-year career in Chicago and led the team to their 1961 Stanley Cup win. He is the franchise leader in points and games played. He died on August 7 at the age of 78.


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