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FEATURE: A Hockey Fights Cancer chat with Davidson

Brandon Davidson spoke with chicagoblackhawks.com about being cancer free, how hockey helped him fight it and how he's become an ambassador for cancer awareness

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

Blackhawks defenseman Brandon Davidson was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 21. The illness was discovered during a routine physical while with the Edmonton Oilers' American Hockey League affiliate. After his battle with the disease, chemotherapy and rehab, Davidson has been cancer free for two years. He now devotes this month each year to telling his story, raising awareness for men's health, and aiding in Hockey Fights Cancer initiatives. chicagoblackhawks.com's Chris Wescott sat down with Davidson to discuss his story.

WESCOTT: This comes around every year and every year you get involved somehow. What does Hockey Fights Cancer mean to you?

DAVIDSON: I think it's a special month for a lot of reasons, personally. It kind of hits home, and for a lot of people it does as well. It's just really good to see the whole league and all the organizations come together to raise awareness for health and support in that department.

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BLOG: Saturday updates 11/17

Updates, news, notes and video coverage from Saturday's practice at MB Ice Arena

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Blackhawks took the MB Ice Arena ice on Saturday morning, following their 2-1 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night.

Brandon Davidson (right leg), who is on IR, looks like the lone non-participant.

The forward lines based on one of the drills were as follows:

Saad-Toews-Kane

DeBrincat-Anisimov-Schmaltz

Fortin-Kampf-Kahun

Martinsen-Kruger-Hayden

Chicago hosts the Minnesota Wild for Hockey Fights Cancer night on Sunday at 5 p.m. CT. The game can be seen on WGN or heard on WGN 720. Read about all of the planned events for the evening on chicagoblackhawks.com. FIND TICKETS

Check the links below for content from the day.

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RECAP: Kings 2, Blackhawks 1 SO

Rapid reaction, quotes, links to highlights and more from the 2-1 shootout loss to the LA Kings

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

RAPID REACTION: The Blackhawks now have at least a point in three straight games, but Calvin Petersen made 34 saves in his first NHL start and stopped two in the shootout on the way to a 2-1 victory for Los Angeles.

The Kings took a 1-0 lead off an unlucky bounce. A Tyler Toffoli pass attempt redirected in off Duncan Keith past Corey Crawford at 10:29 of the second period.

Video: Jeremy Colliton on power play, loss to LAK

Brandon Saad buried a Jonathan Toews feed from right out in front at 2:39 of the third period to tie the game.

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FEATURE: For the Holmes family, hockey helps heal

After his cancer diagnosis, 11-year-old Carter Holmes was worried he'd never play hockey again, but the Blackhawks brought him in for a Make-A-Wish moment with his hockey idol

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

For 11-year-old Carter Holmes, hockey is everything.

As practice began to wrap up on Friday at the United Center, Holmes was coaxed off the bench by Head Coach Jeremy Colliton and some of the Blackhawks players. Those tentative steps onto the United Center ice were Holmes' first since being cleared to do so a day before.

It was a celebratory return to the game he loves, with a little help from the team he is crazy about.

Holmes was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in June. If it wasn't for hockey, Holmes may never have discovered the dark illness that was taking hold.

"Hockey is what saved him from cancer," said Carter's mother Tricia.

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PREVIEW: Blackhawks vs Kings 11/16

The Blackhawks look to make it points in three straight when they host the Los Angeles Kings

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Blackhawks are fresh off their first win under new head coach Jeremy Colliton, a 1-0 shutout victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night. With points in two straight games, Chicago is looking to continue to progress as they host the Los Angeles Kings on Friday evening.

Video: Blackhawks vs. Kings game preview

The Blackhawks are led in scoring by Patrick Kane, who has 23 points (12G, 11A) in 18 games this season. Alex DeBrincat is currently second on the team with 16 (9G, 7A) in 19 games. Chicago has two rookies near the top of their class in terms of assists. As of Thursday afternoon, Henri Jokiharju led the pack with nine, while Dominik Kahun was tied for second with Vancouver's Elias Pettersson with seven helpers.

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RECAP: Blackhawks 1, Blues 0

Rapid reaction, quotes and more from the 1-0 shutout victory over the visiting St. Louis Blues

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

RAPID REACTION: Jeremy Colliton now has his first win as head coach of the Blackhawks, following a 1-0 victory over the visiting St. Louis Blues. The win snapped an eight-game losing streak for Chicago, and they now have points in two straight.

Brent Seabrook opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 4:05 of the second period. His shot trickled past Jake Allen to give the Blackhawks the 1-0 edge.

Video: Jeremy Colliton on first NHL win

Corey Crawford was stellar for Chicago the rest of the way.

The Blues pulled Allen for the extra attacker with just over a minute remaining, but the Blackhawks managed to hang on for their first win since Oct. 25.

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PREVIEW: Blackhawks vs Blues 11/14

The Blackhawks host the St. Louis Blues for their fourth meeting of the season, on Wednesday

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

TIME: 7:00 p.m. CT

TV: NBCSN RADIO: WGN 720 IN SPANISH: WRTO AM 1200 ONLINE: NHL.TV

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The Blackhawks look to snap their current eight-game losing streak when they host the St. Louis Blues at the United Center on Wednesday evening. Speaking on Tuesday after practice, the players and Head Coach Jeremy Colliton said they've seen progress in their game over the last few days, but they are still searching for the reward.

Video: Inside the Locker Room: Alex DeBrincat

Chicago ended their two-game road trip with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday. Both Jonathan Toews and Alex DeBrincat scored in that game, while Cam Ward made 37 saves in the defeat.

Patrick Kane continues to lead the Blackhawks in scoring with 22 points (12G, 10A) in 17 games. DeBrincat is second on the team with 16 points (9G, 7A) in 18 games.

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BLOG: Tuesday updates 11/13

Updates, news, notes, video and more from the Blackhawks practice at MB Ice Arena

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Blackhawks have returned from their road trip and took to the ice for practice at MB Ice Arena on Tuesday. Marcus Kruger has been placed on IR, while Chicago recalled defenseman Gustav Forsling.

Video: Forsling returns after injury rehab

Brandon Davidson (right leg injury) did not practice.

After being named the head coach, Blackhawks TV's Eric Lear sat down with Jeremy Colliton. Watch his two-part 1-on-1 interview below. Also, check out the following links for coverage and content from the day.

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BLOG: Previous stints prepared Forsling for NHL

Gustav Forsling was recalled from Rockford by the Blackhawks on Tuesday

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

Gustav Forsling is unsure if he'll play against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night, but he is sure that he's ready to hear his name called. Freshly recalled, the defenseman says he's more prepared for the challenges of the NHL this time around.

"I feel comfortable," said Forsling. "I played good in five games down [in the AHL]. It's good to be back."

Forsling played 41 games for the Blackhawks in 2017-18, recording three goals and 10 assists. He skated in 38 games the season before, compiling two goals and three assists.

"I feel like you learn something new about yourself when you play this many games... You learn a lot."

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BLOG: Forsling says Colliton helped elevate his game

The defenseman was recalled from the Rockford IceHogs on Tuesday

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

Gustav Forsling is happy to be back in the NHL. After playing five games down in the American Hockey League for the Rockford IceHogs, the defenseman was recalled on Tuesday.

He is reunited with his former coach, Jeremy Colliton, who Forsling says helped bring his game to another level during Rockford's postseason.

"He was a big part of why we went so far last year with the run with the IceHogs," said Forsling, who played 13 games in the team's run to the Western Conference Final earlier this year.

"I felt he helped me a lot to get my game to be at the top. I felt like I did very good in the playoffs down there and he helped me a lot there."

Colliton's impact on Forsling's game reached beyond fundamentals and was more about inspiring him to be more consistent.

"He just wanted me to be consistent and show up every night and play good defensively every night and show up," said Forsling. "I felt he brought that out of me."

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