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BLOG: Shaw 'Jacked Up' to See Richardson Named Blackhawks Head Coach

Former Blackhawks forward played under new head coach Luke Richardson in Montreal during 2018-19 campaign

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

If you want to know what type of coach the Blackhawks are getting in Luke Richardson, just ask a fan-favorite who played for the now-53-year-old bench boss during his time in Montreal.

"Honestly, when I heard that they were asking for permission to talk to him (for the role), I was hoping that they would (hire) him," said Andrew Shaw, a member of the Canadiens in 2018-19 during Richardson's first season as an assistant there. "I've seen it, being a player underneath him, how good of a coach he can be... I loved my experience with him. I thought it was awesome. I thought he was awesome."

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BLOG: Eaton Calls Richardson 'One of the Best Teammates' in His Career

Blackhawks Assistant GM recalls veteran Luke Richardson taking him under his wing during Eaton's rookie year in Philadelphia

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

For a rookie coming into the NHL, it's nerve-racking the first time you walk into a dressing room full of established veterans -- guys you've grown up emulating and future Hall of Famers. In the fall of 1999, that was the case for Mark Eaton, now the Blackhawks' Assistant General Manager, Development, but back then just a 22-year-old rookie getting his start with the Philadelphia Flyers.

"I viewed it as an intimidating situation going into that Philly locker room with some of the big names," Eaton said, alluding to stars like Eric Lindros, Mark Recchi and John LeClair.

But there was a 12-year veteran in the room who took the young Eaton under his wing: Luke Richardson, now the 40th head coach in Blackhawks franchise history.

"He was always there to just kind of show me the ropes," Eaton explained. "He had been there. He had been on long playoff runs. But he'd been a rookie, too, so I'm sure he was able to recollect back to that time and just say, 'Hey, relax, play the game, do your thing.'"

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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 /

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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FEATURE: Doneghey Ready to Lead First Draft for the Blackhawks

Director of Amateur Scouting Mike Doneghey, Blackhawks scouting staff continuing draft prep and NHL Combine in Buffalo

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

The last three months have been a whirlwind for Mike Doneghey.

When Kyle Davidson was named the Blackhawks general manager in March, one of his first moves was promoting Doneghey to director of amateur scouting, putting him in charge of leading the team into July's NHL Draft. With only weeks to spare in amateur seasons around the world, Doneghey went to work booking trips across the globe to see first-hand some of this year's top talent and getting up to speed with the rest of the amateur scouting team.

"Fortunately there was about six weeks left of hockey in North America and in Europe," Doneghey said. "We don't have a top pick, but we have to we still have to know those players... We have to prepare like we're picking anywhere from one to wherever it may be, and know those guys all equally on and off the ice."

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BLOG: Jones, Lafferty Advance to Semis at Worlds, Will Play for Medal

Reichel, Kurashev and Gustafsson fall in quarterfinal round matchups

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

UPDATE: The U.S. fell to Finland in the semifinal round on Saturday morning, 4-3, and will play for the bronze medal on Sunday at 7:20 a.m.

Seth Jones, Sam Lafferty and the U.S. Men's National Team will compete for a medal this weekend at the 2022 IIHF World Championship in Finland. 

With a 3-0 win over previously-undefeated Switzerland on Thursday in the quarterfinal round, the Americans will face the hosts, Finland, on Saturday at 6:20 a.m. CT in the semifinal round. The winner of that matchup will play for gold on Sunday afternoon (12:20 p.m. CT), while the loser will compete for bronze, also on Sunday (7:20 a.m.).

Jones, the team's captain, logged a game-high 29:41 of ice time with two shots and a +2 rating on Thursday, totaling four points (1G, 3A) in eight games in the tournament. Lafferty skated 12:33 and had a shot on goal in the win and has a goal and an assist in eight games overall in Finland. 

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BLOG: Five Blackhawks Advance at 2022 IIHF World Championship

Seth Jones, Lukas Reichel lead strong preliminary round performance for Chicago players in Finland

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

Chicago's World Championships contingent is knockout-round bound.

All five Blackhawks at the 2022 tournament in Finland have advanced with their respective teams, with strong contributions across the board over the seven-game preliminary round:

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BLOG: Reichel Named to Germany Roster for Remainder of World Championship

Forward to join national team in Finland for second straight appearance at Worlds

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

For the second straight year, Lukas Reichel is headed to the IIHF World Championship. The Blackhawks forward will join Germany for the remainder of the tournament, the team announced on Wednesday.

In 56 games with the Rockford IceHogs this season, Reichel led the club in points (57), goals (21) and assists (36), earning Rookie of the Year honors with the club. He also scored two goals in five Calder Cup Playoff games. Reichel also skated in 11 NHL contests across three stints with the Blackhawks, registering one assist. 

The 2020 first-round draft pick played nine games for Germany last May at Worlds, finishing third on the team in scoring with six points (2G, 4A) in nine games. The Germans appeared in the bronze medal game, but fell to the U.S.

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FEATURE: Greenberg, Maciver Ready to Build Next Era of Blackhawks Hockey

Associate GMs Jeff Greenberg, Norm Maciver hitting the ground running after officially introduced on Monday at the United Center

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

For both Jeff Greenberg and Norm Maciver, it's still a little surreal to be working for the Chicago Blackhawks. 

Greenberg, who played hockey from a young age all the way through college, was connected to the sport only as an avid fan until last week, serving as the assistant general manager for the Chicago Cubs, where he climbed the ranks since starting in 2012. Maciver, a longtime member of the hockey operations staff in Chicago, moved on from the team in January 2021, taking a role with the expansion-side Seattle Kraken's front office.

On Monday afternoon, both were introduced in their roles as associate general managers, alongside General Manager Kyle Davidson, to a group of fans and media at a luncheon at the United Center. 

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BLOG: Full Schedule for Blackhawks at 2022 IIHF World Championships

Keep up to date with all five Chicago players competing this month in Finland

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

The 2022 IIHF World Championship is underway, and in addition to the U.S. trio of Seth Jones, Caleb Jones and Sam Lafferty representing the Blackhawks, Phillipp Kurashev (Switzerland) and Erik Gustafsson (Sweden) are also representing their countries in Finland. 

All games from the tournament are expected to be televised on either NHL Network or ESPN+ in the U.S. 

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NEWS: Blackhawks Transfer 2022 1st Round Pick to Columbus

Blackhawks natural first-round pick in 2022 NHL Draft sent to Blue Jackets following draft lottery, completing last summer's acquisition of Seth Jones

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

The Blackhawks have now officially sent their their natural first-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft to the Columbus Blue Jackets, completing last summer's acquisition of defenseman Seth Jones.

Chicago would've retained this year's first-round selection had they won the No. 1 or No. 2 overall pick in Tuesday night's NHL Draft Lottery. Instead, the Blackhawks' natural pick landed at No. 6 overall and now belongs to the Blue Jackets. The Blackhawks will now hold onto their first-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.

"Now we know where we stand as we prepare for the upcoming draft," General Manager Kyle Davidson said. "We won't have our own first-round pick, but with eight other picks -- including five in the first three rounds -- I have faith in our amateur scouting department's ability to make the most out of our selections this summer."

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