Thursday, October 13, 2016

Blackhawks' youth at forward creates optimism, uncertainty entering season

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Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman has a good poker face, so it is difficult to know when it is excited, angry or nervous.

But in July at the annual convention of the computer fan, Bowman stood in front of the media and several people in the Falcons organization - office, staff and players - and brimming with confidence.

This was just weeks after trading Andrew Bowman Shaw and Teuvo Teräväinen. Shaw, a restricted free agent, because he was a new contract for the Hawks could not fit under the cap was due. Teräväinen was because the Hawks could not accommodate Bryan Bickell contract under the cap.

"The most exciting thing for us is to give some opportunities - real opportunities - for those young players to be able to find a place in the team," Bowman said. "Many of these guys have been in our system for several years, and has been difficult. There have been few openings. So our mentality is to go with the group we have under contract right now. It's a team photo of confidence."

Bowman could be safer than fanbase Hawks went to the first game Wednesday against the blue, but it is time the Hawks to show how good these young players are.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Two Marklund brothers get special invite to Blackhawks game

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Brothers Brad and Phil, two customers in Marklund in Geneva, had the best time of their lives in the Oct. 4 Chicago Blackhawks game. Blackhawks womens jersey fans are serious, watching every game on TV and keep up with the sports news in the media.

The brothers were born with the same genetic degenerative disorder that has left them both in a wheelchair, almost entirely nonverbal and feeding tubes. Before disorders took over, the two spent his youth as most others - run, play sports and go to school.

Two staff members Marklund - Tori Jenkins registered nurse and certified nursing assistant Stephanie Dellegrazie - went to the game on October 4 with them to meet their health care needs.

As it happened, one of the maintenance technicians Marklund, Paul Rogers, was also in the game, so he stopped in its seating area several times to see how they were.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Blackhawks’ Niklas Hjalmarsson Suspended 1 Regular-Season Game

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Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson will be suspended for the remainder of the preseason and regular season game after a penalty charge to Saturday competition with the Blues.

Unless an appeal Hjalmarsson will miss the season opener Oct. 12 against the Blues. He will miss the final two contests of the preseason as well.

The shot occurred with 1:05 remaining in regulation during Saturday's game in which Hjalmarsson approached Blues Ty Rattie with speed, the league noted, then appeared to get into the head of Rattie. He was assessed a match penalty.

"Both players are weak and in an athletic position," the NHL said in a video explanation. "But rather than stay there and deliver blow to the shoulder or chest Rattie, Hjalmarsson launches, making substantial contact with its head."

This is the second Hjalmarsson career suspension. He was also suspended in October 2010. Hjalmarsson will forfeit $ 22,777.78 as a penalty.