Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Six rookies crack Chicago Blackhawks roster

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Well, it's official: Blackhawks' youth movement is underway.

The coach Joel Quenneville and his staff made the final cuts on Monday and the start of the regular season with as many as six rookies in the roster: forward Tyler Motte, Vinnie Hinostroza, Nick Schmaltz, Ryan Hartman and defender Michal Kempny and Gustav Forsling.

Mark McNeill and Brandon Mashinter placed on waivers and likely to be assigned to Rockford where they are emptied. The Hawks sent the 19-year-old Alexandre Fortin Jersey back to his junior team in Quebec.

Andrew Desjardins placed on injured reserve a lower-body injury he suffered on Saturday in St. Louis, and he will miss 4-6 weeks.

Since these six rookies, just Hartman and Hinostroza played in the NHL game. They talked like veterans after practice on Monday, however, most of the talk about how excited they are against the opening of the season in Wednesday's Blues, and how they want to make sure that they are here for the long haul.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Family matters: Why Brian Campbell gave Blackhawks steep discount to return

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Campbell Lauren Miller met one night in downtown Rock-It-bar. Lauren was there with some friends when Campbell was presented.

"He asked me what I did and told me I'm a teacher," Lauren said. "I asked what he did and it's like, 'Oh, play hockey. And I say oh, okay, but what is your job?"

Lauren, a former special education teacher who completed his degree at DePaul and undergraduate studies at the UIC, was not exactly a fan of hockey, but she became one quickly. She started going to games and Brian taught him the rules. They had fallen in love, but not yet married in 2011, when Campbell was traded to the Panthers. The trade was a shock.

"It was difficult for us because I really do not understand hockey," said Lauren Campbell. "I think he played for Chicago and he was always going to play for Chicago. I went to college and graduate school in Chicago it was my first time ever leaving here."

She decided to pack up and move - well, pack some things and move. Campbell loved Chicago while not want to leave, and not exactly in love with Florida when they arrived.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Blackhawks' Niklas Hjalmarsson suspended for season opener

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When the Blackhawks open the season next week against the Blues, they will be without one of their best defenders.

Niklas Hjalmarsson was suspended for the rest of the preseason and regular season game by the NHL Department of Player Safety for a blow to the Blues Ty Rattie in the Hawks 4-0 exhibition victory Saturday.

Hjalmarsson missed four games in total after receiving a match penalty for Saturday load. He was sitting on 6-3 defeat Sunday to the Red Wings in the context of the suspension. The Department of Player Safety had a telephone hearing with Hjalmarsson to discuss the coup Monday.

In a video describing the suspension, the director of security NHL Patrick Burke said Hjalmarsson made "significant contact" with the head of Rattie when he delivered the shot in the third period. Burke noted that Rattie was entitled to check on the game, but the Ministry of Security of the specified player Hjalmarsson committed charge by jumping and Rattie.

"As Hjalmarsson steps to deliver the blow, both players are weak and in a sporting position," said Burke. "However, rather than staying low and delivering a success thanks to the shoulder or chest Rattie, Hjalmarsson launches and Rattie establish substantial contact with his head. "

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The World Cup of Hockey is here to stay, but will teams like Europe remain in the mix?

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TORONTO - The Hockey World Cup Jersey is here to stay, many of the NHL and the NHLPA NHL made quite clear.

Just what form it will go ahead, however, still very up in the air.

Canada head coach Mike Babcock team has not retained when I asked him Tuesday morning that his comments would be about the World Cup if the NHL and NHLPA asked for it.

"Two cities, only the night games, bringing together pools - close, close together - so you have crowds every night, do not move players around," Babcock started, and it was clear that had waited for a while for someone to ask. "Based on where you finish, what your worldwide reputation that is how you are ranked in the tournament, that's how you choose changing rooms, that's how you choose everything.

"It's just, actually When you go to the Olympics, the swimmer in the heats that the fastest swimming gets the best way ;. Here's how it should be but the young guns [North American] team, or anything was [called]., was spectacular. the next time it is going to be a [Connor] McDavid and [Auston] Matthews and those guys? so, you better be careful what you do with it.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Team Europe beats Sweden, 3-2, in World Cup of Hockey semifinal

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TORONTO - Tomas Tatar coincé dans un tir à 3:43 de prolongation pour donner Team Europe une victoire de 3-2 sur la Suède dans une Coupe du monde de hockey en demi-finale au Centre Air Canada aujourd'hui.

Europe, un outsider lourd d'entrer dans le tournoi, devra faire face le Canada dans une série best-of-trois championnats commençant mardi.

Nicklas Backstrom a mis en place la Suède, 1-0, à 02:31 de la deuxième période, quand il a jeté dans un Anton Stralman rebond en Europe gardien Jaroslav Halak passé depuis le bord avant du pli.

L'Europe a contesté le but, en faisant valoir que l'ailier Patric Hornqvist, qui joue pour les Penguins, interféré avec Halak, mais cet appel a été rejeté.

Marian Gaborik a tiré l'Europe, même pendant une période de quatre-sur-quatre à 16h27, en mettant un tir entre les jambes du gardien suédois Henrik Lundqvist après avoir obtenu un laissez-passer d'anciens défenseur des Penguins Christian Ehrhoff.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

World Cup of Hockey: Canada, Russia have no shortage of history on the ice

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Although it seemed that most of Canada wanted to see Team North America in the World Cup of Hockey semifinals, the Canadian squad will play its first elimination match against a familiar foe.

Historically, Russia and Canada hold one of the hottest rivalries Hockey. Before the semifinals on Saturday night, let's look at some of the best moments between the two hockey powers in the best-on-best tournament.

2010 Olympics

Hockey oldest rivalry has not been tested in the 2014 Sochi Olympics so we have to go back to the 2010 Games in Vancouver over the last meaningful matchup.

Confronted with a difficult quarterfinal match, the Canadians went ahead 4-1 in the 20th minute on the way to crush the Russian gold medal hopes for the quarterfinals with a 7-3 victory. The victory was a relief for Canada, which watched Mike Babcock police in fighting early in the tournament, including a preliminary loss against the United States.

Canada went on to win gold on Sidney Crosby's "golden goal" against the United States.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Auston Matthews, N.H.L.’s Top Pick, Draws Attention at World Cup of Hockey

TORONTO - Toronto aùsto Matthews fans are likely to get a glimpse of the kind of reception he received when his rookie N.H.L. Season starts next month.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Air Canada Centre crowd of 19,000 chanting his name for most overtime Hockey World Cup clash earlier period, against a squad of experienced Sweden began.

Matthews, 19, has already scored a goal, his second of the tournament, and to other fans.

"That was awesome," said Matthews, the Maple Leafs' No. 1 overall draft pick and the first N.H.L. The selection of this year. "Obviously, there was a lot of tension in the overtime period, so I kind of try to block."

Nathan MacKinnon gave North America a 4-3 win when deked Henrik Lundqvist 4 minutes 11 seconds in a thrilling three-on-three overtime in the past.