Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Spencer Abbott enjoyed his short stay in Rockford, which came after it was acquired by the Blackhawks in February 2015. At the time, he thought coming here was his most likely plan.

Then he got an offer Frölunda, Sweden.

"I thought, 'why not give it a shot? Perhaps it will be a good experience and bring it with me, "said Abbott Monday. "It was worth it, for sure. I have no regrets."

Abbott, who is back with the Blackhawks, has never been to Europe before getting this job Frölunda. But his first trip across the pond was a good as Abbott was part of the race Frölunda his Swedish titles and league hockey champions. Abbott had 14 goals and 21 assists in 51 regular season games. Abbott won many games, but not nearly as much as he did in the team training camp.

"The first month and a half that you are there, you're 8 [a.m.] to 4 [p.m.] every day. I think here there is a rule prohibiting to be here for more than 3-4 hours, but not there. It's like a 9-5 job for a month and a half, a lot of work, a lot of cycling. So for me, which was good because I had never been in this kind of shape before, "said Abbott, who added that he tries to incorporate some of that into his routine here." training camps here are difficult, but they are just different there. There is a lot of ice, more ice [abroad], so they really determine you. So my packaging can be a little better. "

Abbott much enjoyed his time in Sweden, he finally wanted to be back in the NHL. So when the Blackhawks was offered a one-year contract, he jumped on it. He had a good start this training camp, scoring some goals early scrimmages team.

"I do not know how it would play, to be honest. I am 28 and early in the summer, they showed an interest, "said Abbott. "This is one of the places I really wanted to come, because I really like the organization when I was here for this short period of time. Now I get the full effect as long as they are me. It is a good organization. "

Abbott would probably have continued to play overseas, but he wanted another chance in the NHL. He is happy, he is once more coming in the Blackhawks organization.

"It's overwhelming. There are so many places to play hockey nowadays in Europe. There are tons of leagues there. But it did not interest me, "he said." I wanted to come back and give it another chance. "

Monday, September 26, 2016

Blackhawks Sign Alexandre Fortin, Trim Training Camp Roster To 57

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(CBS) The Blackhawks signed forward Alexandre Fortin in a three-year contract, they announced Sunday.

The 19-year-old Fortin had 43 points in 54 regular season games for Rouyn-Noranda in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season. He is a native of Laval, Quebec, who went undrafted.

On Monday, the Blackhawks ready the alignment of training camp to 57 players by releasing forward Radovan Bondra, John Dahlstrom, Nathan Noel and Roy Radke.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Chicago-area junior hockey teams adopt Blackhawks' playing style

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In June 2010, 9-year-old Javi Ubarri woke several morning at his home in Glenview sleep deprived haze.

Reason? He could turn his attention from running the Chicago Blackhawks' through the playoffs to the Stanley Cup.

"I would sneak my phone in my room and hide under my pillow," said Ubarri. "I'd watch the Super nervously hope of winning."

Six years later, Ubarri 15-year-old Glenbrook South sophomore. He is also a 5-foot-9, 175-pound defender for Team Illinois, elite club hockey team based in Lake Zurich, who plays in West Dundee and Bensenville. A child who anxiously watched heroes like Blackhawks defender Duncan Keith are now trying to emulate the Blackhawks' game style that emphasizes puck possession and tempo.

"In our system, it's more about using your skills instead of gritty or intoxicating," said Ubarri. "You can totally see the impact."

Blackhawks effect 'on Chicago-area junior hockey is extensive. Former Blackhawk and two-time Stanley Cup Daniel Carcillo recently joined the team coaching staff for Illinois under 15 squad. Anders Sorenson's player development coach with the Blackhawks and Woodridge Chicago-based missions, another prominent junior club.

Blackhawks in the first round draft pick Nick Schmaltz and Ryan Hartman missions alum and former Team Illinois forward Anthony Louis was a sixth-round pick Hawks in 2013. Former Hawks goalie and Park Ridge native Craig Anderson played for the Chicago Young Americans, who are based in Libertyville and play home matches in Lincolnwood.

Mission, young Americans, Team Illinois and Chicago Fury are all AAA clubs. AAA hockey's highest level of youth hockey in the United States and Canada.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- Who Cares?

Chicago Blackhawks fans Good morning! Now that the World Cup Hockey Team USA had removed the question for me is who cares?

Hockey World Cup in full swing with the exception of Team USA who was removed from Tuesday night, and just like Patrick Kane and Team USA apparently disappeared before the start of the tournament.

I saw the PTI on Wednesday evening, and they had the same thought about the World Cup, I imagine like most people do, and that is, who cares preseason hockey skill are higher than we usually get those spots.

I really like the Olympic hockey and I'm still under the terms will speed and, therefore, pro which may be the next Winter Olympics in the order, but not in a tournament two years only happens once, or so, that's hard to get into something about it, especially the middle of September.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Nashville Predators: Ribeiro to Blackhawks?

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The veteran playmaker Nashville Predators has been linked to rumors involving division rivals Chicago Blackhawks.

Nashville Predators fans now have a story you should definitely to peak your interest interesting according to this article hockey, the Chicago Blackhawks Jerseys have expressed in purchasing downtown Nashville Mike Ribeiro.

The idea of ​​this movement would have caused outrage in Smashville near the end of the regular season last year, which saw the 36-year-old Ribeiro marks the season 50 points 10 career working primarily as a center of the second equipment line.

But after provoking the wrath of fans with fangs with a lackluster postseason effort and two healthy scratches, the eyes may be looking now over Blackhawk list for an early return trade.

The Chicago Blackhawks have been looking to create cap space, leading looking over the numbers to believe that a trade center-to-center Artem Anisimov to be considered. There's a million dollars of the gap between Anisimov hit $ 4.5 million and $ 3.5 million- Ribeiro although the switch may be frustrated at the door with no-trade clause included in the agreement Anisimov.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Brothers Nick Schmaltz, Jordan Schmaltz face off

TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan - Chicago Blackhawks Jerseys prospect Nick Schmaltz before finally Review :. Had the opportunity to go head-to-head against a player he idolized as a teenager DURING Traverse City Prospects Tournament at Centre Ice Arena this week.

Ultimately, the defense St. Louis Blues prospect Jordan Schmaltz was the top small son to brother with a goal, one assist, two shots on goal and a plus-2 in a 3-2 win Friday. Nick Schmaltz HAD no points and two penalty kicks.

"It was the first time we played against each other, so it was fun to watch the game _him_, he had a great game," said Nick (6 feet, 179 pounds). "Hopefully, one day we will have a game of the NHL regular season Contré the other. "

Jordan (6-2, 192) knew exactly how he felt Nick Did he controlled every time the puck.

"It's weird, and I'm sure he thought the Saami thing, for what purpose, I knew he would do," Jordan said. "It was funny going 1-on-1, I think I made a pair of plays, the aim Nick Thinks the game at a high level and defend against a guy like that will only help me get into the camp drive. "

The respect Jordan, 22, and Nick, 20 have for each other, even DURING the heat of battle, is palpable.

"We have two-dreamed of getting to this level and it is clear that we want a list of the NHL," said Nick. "Both of us grew up together, Pushed-have for each other, and it shows ;. Hard work pays off"

It is no coincidence the Wisconsin native has taken the path of Sami. They played for each team Mission Major Bantam Chicago, Green Bay of the United States Hockey League and the University of North Dakota. Jordan was selected by the Blues with the No. 25 overall pick of the 2012 NHL and signed an entry-level three-year contract with St. Louis on May 28, 2015. Nick was selected by the Blackhawks with No. 20 selection of the 2014 draft and signed an entry-level three-year contract with Chicago on June 19

Nick centered the top line in North Dakota as a sophomore last season with Edmonton Oilers prospect Drake Caggiula and Vancouver Canucks prospect Brock Boeser, helping the Hawks Fighting win a national title. Nick HAD 46 points (11 goals, 35 assists) and a plus-44 in 37 games, and could play for the Blackhawks at some point this season. Chicago lost parts A Few offensive During the offseason, including center Andrew Shaw (traded to Montreal Canadiens) and left wing Teuvo Teravainen (traded to the Carolina Hurricanes).

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Team Europe stuns U.S. at World Cup of Hockey

Gaborik, Leon Draisaitl and Bellmar scored Galak made 35 saves and Team Europe to upset the United States 3-0 on Saturday in a stunning opening match at the World Hockey Championship.

Playing their first game on March 8 because of a groin injury, Halak was up to the task, especially in the third period.

Jonathan Quick allowed three goals on 17 shots, but fell victim to bad mistakes in front of him. A mistake by defender Ryan McDonagh has allowed Europe to get a peak of 2-by-1 for the purpose of Gaborik and turnover for the winner of the Hart Trophy Patrick Kane set the 2-on-0 Draisaitl years.

Europe US outshot 35-17, went 0 for 4 on the power play and had a purpose prohibited.

Loss in regulation puts Americans in a deep hole with two games left in the preliminary round.

Americans favored face Canada on Tuesday evening.

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

2016 World Cup of Hockey preview: 4 reasons to watch for Blackhawks fans

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2016 World Cup of hockey may finally here. Tournament, including a whole bunch of the Blackhawks, will begin in Toronto on Saturday of the game pair, including many of the best players in the world. Please do not pretend you are not a little excitement.

8 teams of the tournament, which is broadcast on ESPN is, you are very, even if you do not have to think rooting interest that there is a need in the Hawks in the Stanley Cup final, should be a lot of fun to watch. Maybe the Black Hawk on the 1 - just select the team! - Sit back, you will enjoy the fact that there is no need to look at the professional baseball of another regular season. So you are ready to catch all the action, here is the complete schedule of the start time and TV information.

It has many reasons to be excited about the World Cup beyond the fact that it is the return of hockey. In Hawks fan in mind, here are some that will be worth a look in the entire tournament.

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Well, around these parts, there is no lack of love for the Hawks. However, in reality, it is generally hockey is, all of its popularity in the United States is that there is no, and you probably, they are Jonathan Toews can go to most of the countries have no idea you. So, really you will not be disappointed if you are regularly played by these guys ESPN - go - in the sports of the location for many of the fans - the next two weeks.