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  • Blackhawks grant wish for 14-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis

    Yahoo! Sports "Megan Hill, who is clearly a fan of winners, picked the Chicago Blackhawks to be her team in 2015 after watching the club win the Stanley Cup. Hill, 14, loves the sport of hockey, and as she battles cystic fibrosis, the Make-A-Wish foundation helped grant her wish of getting the full..." October 12

  • NHL, SMT announce expanded partnership for puck, player tracking

    Sport Business "The National Hockey League has expanded its 20-year partnership with real-time scoring system provider SportsMEDIA Technology (SMT), which will now also become the league’s puck and player tracking partner. The puck and player tracking technology is designed to aid the..." October 11

  • The NHL's three tiers of hatred

    ESPN "I watched a Los Angeles Kings vs. Calgary Flames game this week. Not by mistake. Not because I fell asleep with Center Ice streaming. I watched it because of pure, uncut, mutual animosity. The rivalry between Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and Flames..." October 10

  • NHL teams are adding dogs to their rosters: Cute pooches are welcomed across the league

    USA Today "NHL teams are as thrilled to acquire a cute dog these days as they would be landing a scoring right wing. Ten teams now boast official team dogs, and that number may grow because team dogs are becoming as popular as players. “I can't tell you how many selfies our..." October 10

  • When will Kirby Dach make his NHL debut with Blackhawks?

    NBC Sports Chicago "Kirby Dach has been sidelined with a concussion since Sept. 10, but he's been practicing with the team for a couple weeks now and is inching closer to making his NHL debut. But when will that come? The Blackhawks have made it clear that their No. 3 overall pick won't..." October 09

  • New NHL rules forcing coaches to think twice before challenging plays

    Calgary Herald "Evidence of the National Hockey League’s new rules came in the pre-season, giving coaches everywhere a window into how they can approach the changes in the most advantageous way to their teams. The Detroit Red Wings were playing the Toronto Maple Leafs in their exhibition finale..." October 08

  • Top prospects eligible for 2020 Draft

    NHL.com "Alexis Lafreniere is No. 1 in the inaugural NHL.com ranking of the top prospects eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft. The left wing, who plays for Rimouski in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, is expected to receive an A rating on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary Players to..." October 07

  • After Alex DeBrincat signs extension with Blackhawks, is Dylan Strome next?

    NBC Sports Chicago "GM Stan Bowman had a busy offseason, revamping the Blackhawks’ roster through trades and free-agent signings. But all of those moves were carefully executed knowing full well that the entry-level contracts of Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome expire following the 2019-20..." October 06

  • NHL goalies must form quick bond with position coaches

    Nano News "The ability of a goalie and his position coach to form a quick and strong bond is crucial to success in the NHL. The narrative regarding goalies switching teams is often about the need to build new relationships within the locker room, establish communication and trust with a new set..." October 05

  • Dominik Kubalik dreamed of reaching the NHL

    Chicago Tribune "The words coming out of Dominik Kubalik's agent's mouth didn't quite compute. Yes, Kubalik understood the Kings had traded his rights to the Blackhawks. He was leading the Swiss League in scoring for Ambri-Piotta, and it made sense there was..." October 04

  • 2007 NHL Draft Take Two: Twenty-First Overall Pick

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Hindsight is an amazing thing, and allows us to look back and wonder “what could have been.”  Though perfection is attempted, scouting and draft selection is far from an exact science and sometimes, it doesn’t work out the way teams – or players –..." October 04

  • Why goals are rising in the NHL ?— and can we expect more in 2019-20?

    Sportsnet "Coming out of the 2004-05 lockout, the NHL made a concerted effort to crack down on obstruction, which immediately led to more goals in that first season. But this didn’t last and the NHL went from a league that dramatically increased its goal total to one that was losing offence every..." October 04

  • Five reasons to be optimistic about Blackhawks in 2019-20

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Blackhawks haven't made the playoffs in two straight seasons and haven't won a playoff round in four, but at the beginning of every season, all 31 teams feel like they have a chance. Here are five reasons to be optimistic about the Blackhawks during the 2019-20..." October 03

  • Hockey announcer on Auston Matthews case: 'That's how you put a little problem behind you'

    USA Today "Toronto Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews, who was accused of disorderly conduct in May, scored two goals through two periods in his team's opening win against the Ottawa Senators Wednesday night. Announcer Jim Hughson, who called the game for Sportsnet, brought..." October 03

  • NHL’s New Faceoff Rules: ‘Offensively, It's The Best Rule Ever, Defensively, It Sucks’

    The Hockey News "When a team starts play with the puck in the offensive zone, it can lead to really good things. Like goals. That’s why the NHL tweaked its rules over the summer to allow attacking teams to choose the side of the ice on which they’d like to take the draw in four specific situations...." October 03

  • Alex DeBrincat Signs Contract Extension With Blackhawks

    NBC Chicago "The Chicago Blackhawks have locked up a key member of their roster, as they’ve signed forward Alex DeBrincat to a three-year contract extension. The team announced the extension on Thursday prior to their first game of the season against the Philadelphia Flyers. The deal will..." October 03

  • The Value of a Two-Way Forward in Today’s NHL

    SI "When Predators general manager David Poile thinks about the importance of two-way forwards, two names leap to mind. The first is Guy Carbonneau. Un bon choix. Thanks in part to Poile, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee, the former Montreal center will..." October 03

  • Connor Murphy out, Calvin de Haan possible for Blackhawks opener vs. Flyers

    NHL.com "Connor Murphy is out with a groin injury but Calvin de Haan could play when the Chicago Blackhawks open their regular season against the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2019 NHL Global Series at O2 Arena in Prague on Friday (2 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN360, NBCSP, NBCSCH,..." October 02

  • NHL 20 projects Bruins to win Stanley Cup

    NHL.com "The Boston Bruins will be your 2020 Stanley Cup champions, at least if the EA Sports NHL 20 simulations are correct. NHL 20 unveiled its most recent projections, where Boston defeats the Vegas Golden Knights in six games in the Stanley Cup Final to take home the Cup for the first time..." October 02

  • How the NHL Is Working to Give Hockey a Grassroots Presence in China

    SI "Earlier this year, the NHL quietly made a pair of small but significant moves to grow its presence in hockey’s most intriguing market. The first was the hiring of Sandy Ma Yun, a veteran executive of the Chinese auto and motorsports industries, as director of international strategy..." October 02

  • Offence is on a steady rise in the NHL

    TSN "Offence, offence, offence. Since the 2004-05 lockout, the National Hockey League has observed an interesting – if gradual – change in scoring. In the early years immediately after the lockout, it seemed as though goals were nearly impossible to come by after the month of..." October 02

  • Poll: Who Will Win The Central Division In 2019-20

    Pro Hockey Rumors "We’ve finally reached the end of the offseason and things kick off this week around the NHL. Exhibition games are underway in Europe and final cuts have come down all around the league. The excitement for the upcoming season is palpable, with even the most minor transactions generating..." October 01

  • Carl Dahlstrom snatched off waivers by Jets

    CBS Sports "Carl Dahlstrom was picked up off the waiver wire by the Jets from the Blackhawks on Tuesday. " October 01

  • Trade candidates you’ll hear about during the 2019-20 NHL season

    Sportsnet "After a summer that saw Phil Kessel, P.K. Subban, Jacob Trouba, Nazem Kadri, Tyson Barrie, J.T. Miller, James Neal, Milan Lucic, Andre Burakovsky and Justin Faulk all traded, plus a pre-season chock full of rumours and speculation, the 2019-20 campaign is shaping up to be a fascinating one when..." October 01

  • What could Alex DeBrincat's second contract with Blackhawks look like?

    NBC Sports Chicago "It’s hard to remember an NHL offseason like 2019, where a plethora of superstars were all coming off their entry-level contracts and due significant pay raises. Here were the notable restricted free agents: Sebastian Aho. Brock Boeser. Kyle Connor. Patrik Laine. Mitch Marner...." October 01

  • NHL Should Allow Sponsored Logos on Team Jerseys

    The Hockey Writers "How do you grow revenue if you are the NHL? Continuing growth is rather difficult to do in any business and the way the NHL has gone about it has been rather smart with new partnerships, expansion franchises, and gambling partnerships. While new revenue sources are always difficult to uncover,..." September 30

  • Five second-year players that will have breakout seasons

    Pro Hockey Talk "Not every NHL rookie enters the league with a bang. Not everyone can put up 100-point seasons in their first year like Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin. Some guys need that first year to get used to the pace of play at the NHL level. But a lot guys get a lot more comfortable in..." September 27

  • Blackhawks out to bond on Global Series trip to Berlin, Prague

    NHL.com "Jonathan Toews knows not to take any opponent lightly, especially one he's not familiar with. The Chicago Blackhawks center and his teammates are preparing to head to Berlin for the first leg of their 2019 NHL Global Series trip, and he said he has hasn't forgotten what..." September 26

  • Blossoming on-ice star Alex DeBrincat remains content with off-ice anonymity

    Chicago Sun-Times "Alex DeBrincat is famous for his hockey talent. Ralph DeBrindog, DeBrincat’s beloved Shiba Inu, is famous for his cuteness. Only one of them gets free biscuits out of it. “It’s like every week he gets a new toy box [from fans],” DeBrincat jokingly..." September 24

  • Jimmy Hayes, Griffin Reinhart Among Notable AHL Camp Invites

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It’s a position that no NHL veteran wants to find himself in, but sometimes it’s the only way to stay employed in North America. With NHL training camps starting to cut mass amounts of participants, AHL camps are opening for another round of evaluation and to prepare young pros for..." September 24

  • Dream Gap Tour aims to pave way for sustainable women’s hockey league

    TSN "When the Canadian Women’s Hockey League shuttered last spring, the move united 200 female hockey players in a common goal – to build a better, more sustainable future for their sport for the next generation of girls.   It was that dream that spawned the aptly..." September 20

  • Why Dominik Kubalik could be Blackhawks' breakout candidate in 2019-20

    NBC Sports Chicago "Dominik Kubalik is somebody the Blackhawks have had their eye on for a while, and now he very well could be the team's breakout candidate for the 2019-20 season. Drafted in the seventh round (No. 191 overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft by Los Angeles, the Blackhawks acquired..." September 19

  • 5 head coaches on the hot seat entering this season

    The Score "There's no shortage of bench bosses who will begin 2019-20 feeling the heat. Whether they guide a team on the rise that hasn't gone deep enough, a franchise that's stuck in the mud, or a historically great regular-season club that hasn't achieved Stanley Cup glory,..." September 19

  • Alex Nylander making strong first impression, but will he start 2019-20 season with Blackhawks?

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Blackhawks are a team that likes to take chances on young players who were highly regarded coming out of their draft but have underachieved to start their professional careers. Take Brendan Perlini and Dylan Strome for example. Both of them are former first-round picks, with..." September 18

  • 5 best goaltending duos in the NHL

    The Score "Load management has become one of the hottest topics in the modern NHL, with teams looking for new ways to gain an advantage during the regular-season slog. In 2018-19, we saw more teams shift toward a platoon between the pipes, and the need for multiple netminders who can handle a..." September 18

  • NHL Releases Detailed Rule Changes For 2019-20

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL’s Public Relations team has released a video updating all of the rule changes for the upcoming season, agreed upon earlier this year. The five-minute video goes in-depth on each change, noting that the focus was on expanded video review, promoting player safety and..." September 18

  • Fantasy: 6 players with long-term value to target for keeper leagues

    The Score "The following players likely won't be fantasy relevant for the 2019-20 season, but could become incredibly valuable in keeper leagues down the road. These NHLers will need to be designated as not active, so be sure to check your league's settings before drafting any of..." September 17

  • NHLPA declines option, CBA extends to 2022

    TSN "The National Hockey League Players' Association has declined their option to re-open the collective bargaining agreement, which will now remain in effect through the 2021-2022 season. The NHL declined their option to re-open the CBA in August, leaving the the..." September 16

  • Fantasy: 3 risky players to gamble on

    The Score "Every year, there are players fantasy owners avoid for one reason or another. Injury concerns, inconsistency, and adjusting to a new team can all turn a once-dependable name into anything but. Despite those factors, there are always a few players with particularly uncertain futures..." September 16

  • Fantasy: 4 goalies who could become studs

    The Score "Among all the positions in hockey, there's no question goaltenders take the longest to realize their potential. With so much uncertainty in the crease, it can be tricky to land two proven netminders come fantasy draft day. Sometimes an increase in opportunity or a change of..." September 15

  • NHLPA’s Decision To Re-Open CBA Will Be Announced Monday

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After the NHL announced that they have formally declined using their opt-out clause to re-0pen the current CBA early, the NHLPA has until Sept. 15th to make their decision on whether they want to opt-out of the current agreement after the 2019-20 season. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman..." September 14

  • Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita had the degenerative brain disease CTE, study finds

    Chicago Tribune "Stan Mikita, the Blackhawks legend and Hockey Hall of Famer who died last year at 78, had the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, according to a postmortem study. Dr. Ann McKee, director of the Boston University CTE Center, revealed the findings..." September 14

  • Kirby Dach, the Blackhawks’ 1st-round pick, is in concussion protocol

    Chicago Tribune "The Blackhawks opened training camp on an ominous note Friday when they announced minutes after camp began that first-round pick Kirby Dach is in the league’s concussion protocol, apparently the result of a hit he took this week in the NHL Prospect Tournament. Dach’s bid..." September 13

  • Fantasy: 5 bounce-back candidates

    The Score "The following five players disappointed last season but are primed to bounce back in 2019-20: William Nylander, C/RW, Maple Leafs Nylander never got comfortable last season. He was mired in a contract holdout well into the campaign, ultimately signing minutes before the..." September 13

  • Blackhawks encouraged by strong second half under Jeremy Colliton

    Pro Hockey Talk "A second straight season without playing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is unacceptable for the Chicago Blackhawks of today. Having won three championships since 2010, the franchise established itself as one of the NHL’s elite teams, but not playing deep into April the last two years..." September 12

  • Fantasy: 3 aging players you can still bank on

    The Score "Age should always be a concern in fantasy, but it shouldn't deter owners from drafting certain players altogether. While most veterans experience a natural decline in production after playing for a decade or so, some remain effective well into their 30s for a variety of reasons...." September 11

  • Women officials thrilled by NHL experience

    NHL.com "Four women officials had the career opportunity of a lifetime at NHL prospect tournaments this week, and each loved every second of it.  "It's more than I could have ever imagined," said Kirsten Welsh, a first-year official. "Incredible and a dream come..." September 11

  • Kirby Dach hopes to stick with Blackhawks at first training camp

    NHL.com "Kirby Dach has lofty ambitions for training camp with the Chicago Blackhawks. "My goal is to be ready right away and hit the ground running at Chicago's main camp and be a noticeable player there and, hopefully, stick around long enough to be there for the rest of the..." September 10

  • Jonathan Toews: 'Probably a good sign' that CBA talks have been quiet so far

    The Score "Jonathan Toews believes the under-the-radar nature of the NHL and NHLPA's current negotiations bodes well for future labor peace. "It's probably the way it should be, and I think that's probably a good sign that there is some mutual respect and both sides are trying..." September 10

  • Fantasy: 5 rookies who can make an impact in 2019-20

    The Score "It's difficult to break into the NHL and contribute right away. Most players need a year or two of experience before beginning to produce consistently, though a select few make an immediate impact. Here are some rookies who will be fantasy difference-makers in their first NHL..." September 10