VIDEO: Blackhawks’ Jim Cornelison sings national anthem on Colbert Report


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Jim Cornelison, the full time national anthem singer for the Chicago Blackhawks, has performed the Star Spangled Banner at numerous venues in addition to the United Center. Cornelison has performed the Star Spangled banner before NFL and college football games; as well as NASCAR races.

Last night, on the eve of the Star Spangled banner’s 200th birthday, he flexed his vocal muscles on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report. Stephen Colbert closed his show last night by interviewing his guest, Lonn Taylor, author of “The Star Spangled banner: the making of an American Icon,” then introducing Cornelison.

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Chicago Blackhawks, Kevin Hayes win Kevin Hayes sweepstakes


Former Chicago Blackhawks prospect Kevin Hayes

The Chicago Blackhawks are the latest team to gain a draft pick by losing one. Over the weekend, the time period to sign 2010 1st round draft pick Kevin Hayes ended with no resolution. Therefore, Hayes is allowed to sign anywhere he wants.

Good for Hayes and good for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Kevin Hayes has every right to bet on himself. He is also allowed to do so based on the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement. Hayes is allowed as a college-bound and graduated player to either sign with the team that took the chance on drafting him, or waits out the time period allotted to sign with another team.

Kevin Hayes is now allowed to sign an entry-level contract with whomever he feels gives to the best chance to play. Winning may not be high on his list of reasons to sign with a team considering two of the favorites to sign Hayes are the Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche. Calgary appears poised for a run at the first overall draft pick in 2015 and Colorado should regress in the arguably the best division in the NHL. [Read more...]

How do Toews, Kane extensions affect the Hawks big picture?


Chicago Blackhawks forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews

As expected, the Chicago Blackhawks locked up their future. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane agreed to contract extensions that will last eight years and are worth a reported $10.5 million annually. The contract extensions will go into effect at the start of the 2015-16 season.

Toews and Kane were asking for as much as $12 million per season and were also reported to sign on the dotted line for $10.8 million. That being said, their extensions will make them the two highest paid players in the National Hockey League. [Read more...]

Chicago Blackhawks add Richards, re-sign Regin


New Chicago Blackhawks center Brad Richards

The Chicago Blackhawks may have a second-line center. The NHL’s first day of free agency included Chicago’s addition of center Brad Ricahrds, who was bought outby the New York Rangers. His one-year, $2-million deal is exactly what Chicago needed to address a glaring need while keeping their salary cap total close to the $69-million limit.

Richards may not have been the best option, but NHL.com’s Dan Rosen reported that Richards was a okay with a one year deal for less money. The former Stanley Cup champion with Tampa Bay made $6.7 million last season with the New York Rangers. [Read more...]

2014 NHL Mock Draft Final


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It’s time for the final update to our NHL Mock Draft.  We look to fill each team’s biggest need heading into the NHL Draft on June 27-28 in Philadelphia, PA.

The 2014 NHL Entry Draft has a lot of intrigue at the top 3 picks.  No one knows what Florida will do at #1, or if they will even keep the pick.  Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart, and Sam Bennett have been jockeying for top prospects for the last year, and nearly every NHL mock draft has them as the first three off the board.  The other big factor will likely be the interest in American born or American university players.  Many will likely go early as the quality of play has increased at this level over the years. (Here’s what we have our hometown Blackhawks doing on draft night)

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Chicago Blackhawks 2014 NHL Draft Preview


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The Chicago Blackhawks will be adding to the farm system this weekend when the 2014 NHL Draft takes place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This year’s crop of prospects is low on immediate impact, making it a draft worth taking chances. Chicago drafts 27th overall in the first round, and will have eight total picks. That could change with the usual influx of trades before/during the draft. Let’s not waste any time and get to the players to watch for Friday and as the draft continues into Saturday.

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NHL Awards Predictions 2014


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It’s time for NHL Awards predictions, so it’s time for the 2014 NHL Awards Spectacular, which predicts the winner for each award handed out, as well as who should win all the awards. To see my NHL Awards predictions for who will take home the hardware, continue reading.

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2014 NHL Mock Draft 6-23-14


 

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It’s time for an update to our NHL Mock Draft.  We look to fill each team’s biggest need heading into the NHL Draft on June 27-28 in Philadelphia, PA.

(FINAL UPDATE of our mock draft linked here)

The 2014 NHL Entry Draft has a lot of intrigue at the top 3 picks.  No one knows what Florida will do at #1, or if they will even keep the pick.  Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart, and Sam Bennett have been jockeying for top prospects for the last year.  The other big factor will likely be the interest in American born or American university players.  Many will likely go early as the quality of play has increased at this level over the years. (Here’s what we have our hometown Blackhawks doing on draft night)

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Chicago Blackhawks: 10 Years, 10 Draft Picks


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The Chicago Blackhawks are days away from hopefully adding to their already deep farm system. The 2014 NHL Entry Draft does not appear to offer a lot of high-end, “can’t-miss” talent, but offers teams that are not drafting towards the top like Chicago the opportunity to continue fortifying their depth.

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Looking ahead to the Blackhawks off-season, NHL Draft choice


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A lot of decisions to be made this summer for the Chicago Blackhawks.

The offseason will lead to more storylines regarding Chicago’s only sports team with some sustainable success. The Chicago Blackhawks are in the Golden Age of Chicago hockey. Fans should enjoy this, because the Hawks will be competitive next year. Remeber Teuvo Teravainen? Yeah, it’s Teuvo time, my frents.

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LA Kings among 8 GREAT teams that NO ONE READS about


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The best teams should get the most coverage; in a perfect sporting world. Almost all the teams on this list do get some coverage. Most of them sell tickets to their games, and have a decent sized fanbase. Only one team, the program in the #1 slot, is a program that nobody cares about. Even though that program is solid and consistent.

The market is saturated- that’s what all these teams have in common. For a whole host of different reasons. Basically, there is really no demand for any more coverage. Current supply is excess. The LA Kings, like the other seven teams on this list, would deserve the coverage they receive, maybe even more (they’re that good)…..if all media outlets were non-profit; serving the public interest only.

We’ll look at why these teams are all great, and the reasons why you just don’t click on stories about them. We’ll explain why

a.) more people should care about these teams and/or

b.) why those that do care, don’t read.

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Patrick Kane has cemented his place in Chicago sports history


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Regardless of the way the Chicago Blackhawks season ended, Patrick Kane has still solidified his place in Chicago sports history. I mean look at the picture above of one of my Facebook friends, that says it all.

No seriously, once you’ve been compared to Michael Jordan, as Kaner was in numerous Chicago sports media treatments, you’ve arrived. You haven’t just arrived; your at the head of the table. Forever.

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