NHLN’s Jamal Mayers believes Blackhawks will turn up in crunch time


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NHL Network Analyst Jamal Mayers earned himself a Stanley Cup championship ring with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013. It was his final season in the NHL, ending a career that spanned 15 years and four other teams in addition to the Blackhawks.

Mayers was one of a few former Blackhawks who took part in a celebrity hockey game for “Unite on the Ice” last night. The evening of celebrity hockey and open skate activities benefited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Denis Savard sees no issues in Blackhawks Defense


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When I was a kid growing up in the 1980s Denis Savard was Chicago Blackhawks hockey. The first thing that came to mind with the Hawks back then was Savard. The “Spinorama,” “Savoir Faire,” “Savvy,” and in more recent years “commit to the indian.” The nine time NHL All-Star trails only Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita for total points in Chicago Blackhawks history.

If you’re making a Blackhawks Mt. Rushmore, Denis Savard is unquestionably a part of it. He had his number retired by the team in 1998, and he entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000.

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Bryan Bickell has a big fan in former Blackhawks star Daze


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Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell has a big fan in former Hawks star Eric Daze. There are many similarities in size, position, somewhat in style of play to some extent.

During my exclusive conversation with Daze (more from that here) I asked Daze what he thought of the current Blackhawks team and if there’s anyone on the current side that reminds him of himself when he played the game.

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Former Blackhawks star Eric Daze feeling good again (exclusive)


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Former Chicago Blackhawks left wing and 2002 NHL All-Star game MVP Eric Daze will hit the ice again for a celebrity hockey game on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 5 p.m. “Unite on the Ice” is an evening of celebrity hockey and open skate benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. (More info on the event here)

Daze didn’t play hockey at all for six years, but he laced up his skates again last year for a charity game in Peoria.

“I tried it, and my back was doing good, so I’m skating once a week and getting back involved in hockey,” Daze told The Sports Bank by phone.

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Blackhawks alumni to play in special Soldier Field game


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Exclusive podcast with NHL Network Analyst Jamal Mayers

-xclusive with Blackhawks Ambassador Denis Savard

Numerous former Chicago Blackhawks will take part in a celebrity hockey game for “Unite on the Ice” Thursday, Feb. 5, at 5 p.m. The event is an evening of celebrity hockey and open skate activities benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. (public skate info can be found below)

“Unite on the Ice” kicks off the winter festival leading into the Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field this Saturday, Feb. 7.

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Blackhawks need to jettison Dan Carcillo


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Dan Carcillo was playing so well by his standards. Then Dan Carcillo Dan-Carcillo’d all over himself.

This may come as surprising news to you, but ‘Carbomb’ has more than worn out his welcome. His latest antics cost him six games. For some reason, the left winger decided cross-checking a defenseless Mathieu Perreault was necessary. The Winnipeg Jet suffered an upper body injury because of the check.

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Teuvo Teravainen Time requires patience from Blackhawks fans


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Chicago Blackhawks fans may indeed become witness to the next Patrick Kane as Teuvo Teravainen is now up with the parent club. However, it’s going to take awhile to get there. He got called up on January 2nd, but he hasn’t scored a goal or an assist yet.

The #18 overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft was second on the Rockford Icehogs (the Blackhawks American Hockey League affiliate) with 23 points (six goals, 17 assists) and 92 shots on goal in 33 games before arriving in Chicago.

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San Jose Sharks loan Blackhawks legend Adam Burish to Wolves


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When Adam Burish was in Chicago, he was the best sports soundbite in the city. Unfortunately, the rock star from the 2010 Stanley Cup Champions had to leave as he was made part of the Hawks’ summer yard sale that followed capturing the Cup. It was a ten player sell-off of 1992 San Diego Padres proportions.

However, Burish is back in The Chi now.

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Chicago Blackhawks hurt by lack of third defensive pair


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The Chicago Blackhawks are blessed with some of the better, if not the best, defensemen comprised on one team…until you get to the third pairing.

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Finally, it’s Teuvo Teravainen time for Blackhawks


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Chicago Blackhawks fans can put to rest the hashtag #FreeTuevo now.

The #18 overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, Tuevo Teravainen has loads of potential, and in this new year, we’ll begin to see it. Teravainen began the season at Rockford, but Friday night it became official:  Tuevo is coming up to the parent club.

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2015 Winter Classic pits storied franchise vs league’s best scorer


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The 2015 Winter Classic will be hosted by the nation’s capital as the Washington Capitals face off against the Chicago Blackhawks. The New Year’s Day marquee game will be the first hosted in Washington D.C. It will be the second appearance for each team. Chicago also hosted a Stadium Series game last season.

The Winter Classic is now in it’s 7th edition, and has grown into something much larger than one game.

“I noticed today just counting up, since our first NHL outdoor telecast at Ralph Wilson Stadium, that was seven years ago there have been 110 of these games played,” said Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, NBC’s play-by-play announcer for the Winter Classic. “Hershey Park Stadium, Red Square, nine other countries, Mexico City, and 17 of the 110 have been at Fenway Park.  It has taken on quite a life and each one of them has its own set of memories and I know this one will, too.” [Read more…]

Ben Eager joins Chicago Wolves, another ex Blackhawks player on team


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Ben Eager spent little time in between teams. The former Chicago Blackhawk is now a member of the Chicago Wolves. Eager is the third member of the 2009-10 Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks on the Wolves’ roster joining forward Colin Fraser and defenseman Brent Sopel.

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