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Update: Dan Bertram, former Blackhawks Prospect

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Kris Gray

I feel blessed to be able to combine my love of photgraphy with my love of hockey. Raised in a family that avidly followed the sports of Pro Wrestling, Roller Derby, Nascar and the Chicago Bears.

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Dan Bertram, right wing.

It was announced on July 16, 2010 that right winger Dan Bertram of Canada, has signed a try-out-contract with the Red Bull Salzburg hockey team. He will attend the Red Bulls' pre-season training camp in Austria and will start training on the ice July 26Th with the rest of the team.

Bertram, 23, disappeared from the hockey world suddenly at the beginning of the 2009/10 season after being assigned to the Toledo Walleyes by the Rockford IceHogs. The Walleyes are the ECHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks. Apparently Bertram requested and was granted an early release from his contract with the Blackhawks.

The 2005 NHL Entry Draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks', 2ND round 54Th overall, played for Boston College 2004-2008 and helped lead his team to the 2008 NCAA Mens Division 1 Hockey Championship. He was a Co-Assistant Captain for the team during his senior year of college.

His entry into the world of pro-hockey was a memorable one, as during the Blackhawks' Red & White Event pre-season 2008, he broke his lower jaw after being struck in the mouth by a puck. Despite his small size, 5'10" 185#, he often went toe to toe during fights with opponents much bigger than him. He played with both grit and moxy, not backing down to anyone. Bertram played a total of 56 games with the IceHogs and 5 games with the now defunct ECHL Fresno Falcons during the 2008/09 season.

We wish Dan all the best as he continues to pursue his career in pro-hockey.

Here are a few images of Bertram, taken while he played for the IceHogs during the 2008/09 season.

 

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