A Smashing Success: Over $20K Raised for Charity at NHLPA's Inaugural Smashfest!

A Smashing Success: Over $20K Raised for Charity at NHLPA's Inaugural Smashfest!
What’s better than Ping Pong for charity? Playing Ping Pong against NHL-ers for charity, of course. Last Thursday, the players were out in full force at Smashfest!, a charity ping pong tournament  hosted by Dominic Moore and the NHLPA to raise money for concussion research. This was the inaugural Smashfest! and in just one night, players... Read more »

A True Great: Wayne Gretzky Among First Honored for Making a Significant Impact on Sport of Hockey

A True Great: Wayne Gretzky Among First Honored for Making a Significant Impact on Sport of Hockey
In the sport of Hockey, who is greater than Wayne Gretzky?  His name was inescapable as a child growing up in Canada and I personally never thought I’d ever get closer to the Great One than eating at his restaurant in Toronto. Yesterday, that changed. I was among the few lucky enough to be in... Read more »

Hockey Pinup Girls: Like going to an Art Gallery, but cooler

Hockey Pinup Girls: Like going to an Art Gallery, but cooler
Girls in jerseys and art.  Doesn’t that sound fantastic?  That’s why today’s interview is with Lauren Maiero, the Chicago-based Artiste behind the increasingly popular Hockey Pinup Girls! Lauren’s art caught my eye recently while doing research for an upcoming player interview (stay tuned). I knew her story was worth featuring when I learned more about her... Read more »
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Duncan Keith Leads Team Canada to Higher Ground.

Duncan Keith Leads Team Canada to Higher Ground.
Of the 6 Blackhawks Players representing their countries at the World Hockey Championship, Duncan Keith has been making the most noticeable impact.  Keith has been lighting the Olympic sized arenas up like Christmas trees and leads Canada with 11 points in the tournament so far.  Needless to say, a lot of people who never noticed... Read more »

BREAKING: Patrick Kane is Acting his Age.

BREAKING: Patrick Kane is Acting his Age.
During the post-season as the news starts tapering off, it seems the most irrelevant non-stories become newsworthy. I’m not talking about the articles no one reads about the Pizza lunch the Blackhawks front-office had to discuss the year, or the countless opinion pieces re-hashing everything we heard during the regular season.  I’m talking about making... Read more »

End of Season Wrap: Takeaways from the Blackhawks Season 2011/12.

End of Season Wrap: Takeaways from the Blackhawks Season 2011/12.
I believe Jim Morrison penned a song once for times like these – this is the end. The Phoenix Coyotes advanced to the second round for the first time in history which means no more scheduling our social lives around Blackhawks games.  At least until October. So what went wrong? In one word:  Goaltending.  ... Read more »
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Red-Zone: Series Goes to 1-3, Quenneville is Fined, and Hossa is Out for Game 5.

Red-Zone: Series Goes to 1-3, Quenneville is Fined, and Hossa is Out for Game 5.
The United Center went deadly quiet last night after the Blackhawks hosted the Coyotes for Game 4 of  the Playoffs series.  Captain Jonathan Toews summarized the game as “disappointing”, and it’s doubtful anyone other than the Coyotes and their supporters would disagree. The game started out with an incredible 10 minutes from the Blackhawks but... Read more »

Game 3: Do NHL Benefits Cover Eye Exams for the Referees?

Game 3:  Do NHL Benefits Cover Eye Exams for the Referees?
Coach Quenneville called the officiating a disgrace after Game 3 of the Phoenix/Chicago series.  And that pretty much sums it all up.  It was just one clearer-than-Karlsson’s-skin bad call to another during last night’s game at the Madhouse on Madison, which left many hockey fans of various team-affiliations flabbergasted. It wasn’t the ultimate loss of the... Read more »

Game 2: The Fat Lady Sings at Bryan Bickell's Command.

Game 2: The Fat Lady Sings at Bryan Bickell's Command.
The Blackhawks made history last night for being the first team in NHL history to score tying goals with less than 15 seconds in regulation in consecutive games of one series. If you missed the game, you missed some seriously assiduous hockey! Bryan Bickell found the back of Mike Smith‘s net with a Powerplay goal in the first... Read more »
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The Hunger Games: Coyotes vs. Blackhawks

The Hunger Games: Coyotes vs. Blackhawks
So, Game 1 of Round 1 is in the books and hunger was the rampant theme du jour. The return of Jonathan Toews was instantly gratifying as he got things started with a goal early in the first period. ** Side-note:  I kind of dig the flow he’s rocking.  Not quite as photoshop-perfect as Ottawa’s Erik... Read more »