While many of us were watching and/or thinking about college/pro/fantasy football this weekend, there was a lot going on with the Chicago Blackhawks.
And, for what it's worth, the Hawks were thinking football, too. Click here to see a gallery of photos from Sunday's Bears home opener. A number of Blackhawks, including Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Patrick Kane and Andrew Shaw attended the game and got to play on the field pregame.
On Monday, the Blackhawks announced the roster that will report to training camp this week as Chicago looks to defend the Stanley Cup.
There will be 31 forwards, 19 defensemen and six goaltenders at training camp. Forwards Brandon Pirri, Jimmy Hayes, Jeremy Morin and Ben Smith are expected to compete for a roster spot on Opening Night, but many of these young players will return to either Rockford or their junior teams.
Among the forwards at camp will be former first round draft picks Kyle Beach, Mark McNeill, Philip Danault, Teuvo Teräväinen and Ryan Hartman.
On the blue line, top prospects Adam Clendening and Ryan Stanton will try to make an impression, while newly-added AHL veterans Michael Kostka and Theo Peckham and Dylan Olsen will hope to get some attention as well. Dillon Fournier and Klas Dahlbeck will also attend the camp.
In net, the NHL roster appears to be set with Corey Crawford and Nikolai Khabibulin, but Antti Raanta will be trying to make Khabibulin expendable. Raanta, 24, signed in the spring and hopes to be playing in Chicago soon; of course, Crawford's new contract means anyone in camp will be trying to earn the back-up role for the next seven years.
There will also be seven unsigned free agents at camp including Joe Gleason, who was drafted by the Blackhawks in the seventh round in 2008.
Click here for the entire camp roster.
Also over the weekend, some of the Hawks' top prospects played in a three-game round robin in London, Ontario, with prospects from the Penguins, Senators and Leafs.
Over the weekend, the Blackhawks prospects played two more games in London, Ontario, against the prospects from the Sens and Penguins.
We have four videos with highlights and interviews from the two weekend games. First, here are highlights from the Hawks' prospects shootout loss to the Senators prospects:
And the shorter recap from the Hawks' site:
Highlights from the Hawks-Penguins prospect game:
And the shorter highlights from the Hawks' site:
As you can see, the game against the Pens' prospects got chippy. Brandon Whitney played well in the 3-2 victory. HockeysFuture.com had a nice piece on McNeill and Danault posted on Saturday. Click here to read more about the team's game against Pittsburgh from last Thursday.
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