There are potentially five future Chicago Blackhawks on the 12th ranked Notre Dame hockey team. No wonder the Hawks sent scouts to the Soldier Field press box today to check out what ND hockey has to offer. And ND hockey prevailed 2-1 over the #3 Miami Red Hawks in the first of the Hockey City classic's two games.
Wisconsin and Minnesota met in the matinee.
Irish junior Stephen Johns (2 shots, 1 block) was drafted by the Blackhawks in the 2nd round of 2010. Vince Hinostroza will be in South Bend next year. But today was less about the future or prospects than it was the spectacle and event. Hawks ambassador Denis Savard entertained the frozen crowd in between intermission, and a Miami of Ohio fan ran onto the field put a couple on moves on security that Walter Payton (this is Soldier Field) would be proud of. Later after the press conferences, I saw him in handcuffs...
may not have been the perfect coach for the Chicago Blackhawks
(but he was a decent bench boss at the time for the team), but he is currently flourishing as the team’s ambassador. The former center was the biggest star on the team in the 1980s, and his stint as coach in the late 2000s helped revive interest in the team.
He just wasn’t the guy to bring them the Cup. But as ambassador, he’s perfect. And I caught up to him last week as he helped unveil the Hockey City Classic
, a college hockey
double header between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish
, Miami Red Hawks, Minnesota Golden Gophers
and Wisconsin Badgers
The Chicago Blackhawks finally made a public comment today on the Patrick Kane party photos that caused such an internet stir a couple weeks ago. Shocking no one, the organization said via GM Stan Bowman, that they are disappointed, and consider these photos to be really bad publicity. Thus ends the bizarre public silence on... Read more »
It’s quite possible Chicago Blackhawks Coach Joel Quenneville may not be back next season, even if he is under contract. Coach Q. and the Montreal Canadiens could be a perfect fit. One relationship that appears to be anything but perfect is that between Quenneville and GM Stan Bowman. It’s actually rather strained. Hockey Night in... Read more »
The Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Kane is at it again. Or more likely, he’s been at it, but this time he’s been shutterbugged and published. This is courtesy of Terez Owens. We have some fun pics for you. From the Terez Owens “tipster” comes this: “I go to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and we had our... Read more »
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No that’s not an airbrush or a photo shop. It’s truly The Great One Wayne Gretzky in a Chicago Blackhawks jersey. It’s a vision every Hawks fan dreamed of in 1986. Upon further inspection of a pic that is pure blasphemy to Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers fans… …you can buy it at... Read more »
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