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Bob Verdi enters the Hockey Hall of Fame

Just a quick note: Blackhawks’ team historian Bob Verdi will be enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame today. This piece about the night the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010 is but one reminder why he is deserving of the honor.

The Andrew Ladd Trade History, the Long Version

With the acquisition of Andrew Ladd, the Blackhawks can look to head into the playoffs with a solid roster. But it’s always fun to look backwards after a trade to try to figure out how we got here. And since Ladd has now been acquired by the Hawks twice, it’s even more complicated to try... Read more »

The Toronto Maple Leafs are a long way from ending their Stanley Cup drought

When I moved to Toronto from Chicago in 2002, I left a city which hadn’t won a Stanley Cup since 1961 for one that hadn’t won a Cup since 1967. I’m also a Cubs’ fan, so the adjustment to a city with a championship drought was an easy one. However, the Blackhawks of course won... Read more »
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2015 Awards of the Year (Revised)

Apparently some people were upset that Serena Williams, and not a horse, won Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year award.  While American Pharoah and its stupid spelling had an amazing Triple Crown year, the fact is he is not actually a sportsperson, or any sort of person, not even a horseperson, which I think is... Read more »

The NHL's new 3-on-3 overtime is a gimmick

Thoughts from Ornery Man: I get it – no one likes a tie game.  So a few years ago the NHL implemented the shootout if a game is tied after 5 minutes of a 4-on-4 overtime.  And for years all we’ve heard critics say is “it’s a gimmick” and “it’s a skills contest” and that... Read more »

The new and improved (?) Blackhawks should be strong in their division this year

Last season, the Chicago Blackhawks finished 3rd in their division and 4th in the conference.  They turned out ok in the playoffs though, winning their third Stanley Cup in six years. Still, the regular season does count for something, just ask the LA Kings who missed the playoffs last year after winning the Cup in... Read more »
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So what if I never played the game?

* This entry is a bit more personal than I would normally write, but it is included as part of a ChicagoNow blogger exercise. Sometimes you hear people criticize sports writers because “they never played the game.” Well here I am, on my third day as a hockey blogger, and I’m certainly wondering what I’m... Read more »

A Red Herring?

As I write, there have been two press conferences in the Patrick Kane case before I even had lunch.  Is that it for today?  We learned very little this week about the case itself — that is, what happened at Kane’s house in early August.  In the aftermath of a late night press conference where... Read more »