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.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wrong players, questionable coaching, bad performances add up to a major collapse by Team USA

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TORONTO - After only two games in the new bright Hockey World Cup 2016, Team USA It has no hope of advancing beyond the three matches in the preliminary round.


Now there's an idea that resonates in the aftermath of their 4-2 loss soul that aspires to host Canada Hockey Jersey on Tuesday night. Two consecutive defeats have opened uninspired equipment and the process by which he was selected for the widespread mockery.

"I do not worry about those things," US defense Ryan Suter, about to mourn, said after the loss. "I worry about the guys in the room. I think we're all disappointed. I feel like we let our country down. We let ourselves down. It's disappointing. You walk into this not knowing how many more opportunities are going to get, and to be out after two games is extremely disappointing. "

US team He not arrived in Toronto as a favorite in this tournament, but no one expected that he would leave so meekly?

Of course, GM Dean Lombardi and not its management team went out of the network to prevent highly skilled players for players with character, grit, leadership.

Monday, September 19, 2016

With No Flag, Team Europe’s Players Rally Around Themselves at World Cup of Hockey

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TORONTO - The list and uniforms are a patchwork. It is the only team without the national anthem of the Hockey World Cup played before his games.

This motley collection of 23 players from eight countries have a head coach who runs an English football team.

This is Team Europe.

Before the tournament, some observers wonder if this team could compete with European hockey powers like Canada, Russia, Sweden and Finland. Team Europe had lagged 9-1 through four periods of two warm-up games this month against the North American team, another composite team, consisting of 23 and under players from the United States and Canada .

But Team Europe players have forged quick links - helped by a common passion for football - and turned their game around, dominant in North America over the last two periods 3-2 and beating Sweden, 6 -2 in their final exhibition.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Canada throttles Czech Republic 6-0 at World Cup of Hockey

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Heavily favored to capture the hockey World Cup Of Hockey Jersey on their own soil, Team Canada did not suffer any frustration during his first game two weeks of the tournament.

For amazing performance from captain Sidney Crosby, Canada to spread the Czech Republic 6-0 on Saturday in the preliminary round action.

Fresh to help the Pittsburgh Penguins to capture the Stanley Cup, Crosby picked up where we left off with a goal and two assists and a plus-4 rating of plus-minus in a dominating performance at both ends of the ice.

"We were just trying to go out there and work and see what happens," Crosby said. "Previously, we insisted to get some goals and had to kill some penalties, so it was nice to get the first and kind of build from that. I thought we played hard, and we have been working. It's not easy, we had to work for this, and we got rewarded. "

Saturday, September 17, 2016

World Cup of Hockey Power Rankings: How they’ll finish

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Big stage, a small ice.

12 years hockey World Cup of return brings another best-on-best international hockey tournament for the people of the start of us frustrated and irritated acquired during the Winter Olympics.

We are, in order to determine the heading rankings their power to the showdown in Toronto, these elite 8 club roster, recent history on a global platform, the pre-tournament PEEK-- booing, and their round It was investigated robin opponent.

Canada -59 1 team Canada
Team Canada is to was not the final arrival of the Canada Cup / World Cup, if the host country is not in one of the last two teams standing in line for gold in the eighth edition of the tournament, shock to you to become as, let's start from here.

Mike Babcock of the head coach will patrol the ACC bench and whisper instructions familiar with the familiar core. Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Drew Dow tee, Shea Weber, Patrice Bergeron and Mr. Ryan Getsu rough, all has become essential to Canada's gold medal in 2010 and 2014.

Crosby, the top row of Bergeron and scorer / pest Brad Marchand has looked particularly dangerous in the pre-tournament action.

And if you are worried about the health of goalie Carey Price, it is not. "I will if you had him, I think I sleep like a baby," Babcock told the grin of the Cheshire.

In group A, which looks like a softer bracket on top of the paper (group eh?), The semi-finals is not less gimme than gold is a national tragedy.

Sweden -59 2 team Sweden
Tre Konor is, the 5-position is much deep hockey of the country since the showing at the World Cup in 2004. Sochi of the silver medalist, Swedish is the toast of the group B, boasts the most dangerous defense in the tournament.

Eric Carlson, Victor Hedman and Oliver Ekman-Larsson is available each break open the game with a quick path and fleet of foot. Henrik Lundqvist 12 gorgeous year, has become the first goalkeeper of the country, it would accept the pressure of Toronto, while the familiar Sedin twins will welcome support from the speedy Carl Hagelin, Philip Forsberg up front the skillsy.

The good news is, a fan of the Canucks: Sedins has sparked an early chemistry with compatriot Louis Ericsson.

USA-593. Team USA
Americans need to join in Canada to the survival of a relatively easy group A, if it is determined by the hand of Heart trophy of Patrick Kane, I won this thing 20 years ago.

GM Dean Lombardi, in coordination handmade, and no-nonsense John Tortorella that by LA Kings mandarin dynasty of architects is a rugged, hard check on the small ice, heart roster of Team USA, such as Mr. Brandon Dubinsky - and Soul of the people in favor if it exceeds the play maker like David Backes Phil Kessel and Kyle Okposo.

If they were defeated in the next week Canada 2-1 or 3-2, it will be a brilliant management. (Side will split their home-and-home pre-tournament series.) The United States has enough score or if they are not able to fall apart as was done in Sochi, they will get skewered by critics .

Finland -59 4. Team Finland
Silver, this event is the last time medalist, which was held 12 years ago, Finland is widely increased, it has been seen as a hockey country in epidemic of dark horse pick here. Finns won the 2016 world junior, seized Sochiburonzu and silver in two of the last three World Championships.

The tandem of Pekka Rinne (starter) and Tuukka Rask, but spell the depth to the crease, the defense Rasmus Ristoalinen, Sami Vatanen, development Orri Maata- tote bag the talent than the more experience. Forward Alexander Barkov, Patrick Lane and Teuvo Teravainen, but will be a treat to see, they will score in a better bunch.

North America -59 5. team North America
"You look at the young team, a team of under-24, they are probably some of the fastest players in one team NHL- all," Mr. Sidney Crosby says. "They are to prove It is going to be playing with something. "

Captain Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel, Jonathan Drouin, Johnny Gaudreau and Auston Matthews leads the charming forward core that has been proven to be the most fun to watch already. Then, in the blue line to the winner Aaron Ekblad is net of the 2015 Calder, and instructs the winner Matt Murray of the Stanley Cup, Young Guns have nothing to lose.

They are snatching the attention of the other seven teams, skewered the team in Europe by the combined score of 11-4 in their first two tune-up contest.

"We are a young man, we are not going to play like the underdog," Ekblad says. "Guys are, and if they are of the team a veteran of the 30-minute or 40-year-old NHL team compared to, in this situation, it will be more comfortable. "