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Marc-Andre Fleury Feeling Comfortable In Chicago

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

Marc-Andre Fleury received his new goalie mask Thursday. It has the Chicago Blackhawks logo, the four stars from the Flag of Chicago, black and white stripes, and a few feathers.

He put it on with his new pads and new Blackhawks uniform, and because the NHL/NHLPA Player Media Tour happened to be in Chicago, he did it at his new home practice rink: Fifth Third Arena.

"It's just different, right" Fleury said.

Or is it?

Fleury felt much like he did after he went from the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. Disappointed at first after the Golden Knights traded him to the Blackhawks on July 27, he's adjusting, making the best of it.

The Blackhawks can only hope things go as well in Chicago as they did in Vegas.

"I think every time …" Fleury said, his voice trailing off. "It was the same in Vegas when I went there. It's just weird, awkward, at first. But it's good. A new beginning, right? And it's such a nice uniform. A nice place to be too."

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A Think Tank Group Wants Stan Bowman Suspended From US Olympic Team

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

An American think tank that studies child sexual abuse and prevention is asking the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USPOC) to suspend Stan Bowman from his position as general manager of the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team while he faces allegations that he helped cover up the sexual abuse of two Chicago Blackhawks players.

In a Sept. 10 letter to USPOC chief executive Sarah Hirshland, Marci Hamilton, founder of the advocacy group Child USA, wrote that Bowman, who is also the current GM of the Blackhawks, should be suspended by USA Hockey.

“I write to you today to request the suspension of Stan Bowman from his position as general manager of the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team and that an independent investigation into Bowman’s behavior in his role as general manager of hockey operations of the Blackhawks NHL team be conducted,” Hamilton wrote.

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The Chicago Blackhawks May Have Gathered Biometric Data

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

The Chicago Blackhawks are fighting a proposed class-action lawsuit by an Illinois man who claims the National Hockey League team inappropriately used facial recognition software to obtain and store his biometric data.

In an amended complaint filed March 20, 2020, in Cook County, Ill., court, James Allen said he attended a Blackhawks game at the United Center on Dec. 18, 2018.

While Allen’s claim was filed in 2020, details of his case and the Blackhawks’ defence had not been widely reported before now. The plaintiffs and Blackhawks have argued this year over discovery issues, according to court records.

The lawsuit alleges the Blackhawks “scanned Mr. Allen’s facial geometry from security camera footage and stored a facial geometry template for Mr. Allen. The defendant failed to inform Mr. Allen in writing that it was collecting his biometric identifiers or information, the purpose and length of term for such collection, and failed to obtain their written consent before defendant collected his facial geometry scan.”

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A Four-Year Deal For Connor Murphy With The Blackhawks

from the Chicago Blackhawks,

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with defenseman Connor Murphy on a four-year contract extension that runs through the 2025-26 season ($4,400,000 salary cap hit).

"When we acquired Connor in the summer of 2017, we had visions of him growing as both a player and leader in our organization for many years," said President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Stan Bowman. "He has transformed into a defenseman capable of matching up with the opponent's best players and someone we trust to help us preserve a lead in the final minutes. Connor's voice carries weight in our locker room as a veteran presence and we're thrilled that his development and leadership will continue as a Blackhawk."

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Remembering Tony Esposito

from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com,

The news of Tony Esposito's death Tuesday hit with the force of a Bobby Hull slap shot. And then the memories rushed with the speed of a Stan Mikita sprint up the ice at Chicago Stadium.

There were thoughts of Tony O's iconic fiberglass mask, something he was forever proud of -- scratched, dented and chipped across a decade and a half with the Chicago Black Hawks. Made in 1969 on the workbench of a Quebec plant owned and operated by the great Jacques Plante, it was creatively modified by Tony's hands with a carpenter's file, screwdriver, bolts and bars to cage the eyes.

There were Tony's cufflinks that he wore on his monogrammed shirts, tiny silver replicas of his mask.

It was Tony at United Center, where we arrived not at the entrance for the luxury suites, but at the employees' gate, a legend greeting long-time friends by name -- parking-lot attendants, security guards, popcorn vendors and ushers.

One of Chicago's hugely popular ambassadors, Tony was headed up to the corporate suites, where for the night he would sign autographs, pose for photos and tell decades-old stories, a fresh spin on each tale for every listener.

"I'm going to work, so we use the employees' entrance," he said, straightening his tie as he needlessly cleared security. "Besides, these are my kind of people."

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Video- Remembering Tony Esposito

Four minutes to watch.

 

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Hockey Hall of Famer Tony Esposito Passed Away

The Chicago Blackhawks with the sad news of Tony Esposito passing after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.  He was 78.

Below, catch all kinds of highlights of Tony 'O'.

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Will The Chicago Blackhawks Be A Playoff Team This Season?

from Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times,

After a frenzied offseason of transforming the Blackhawks’ roster, the general manager appeared just as calm and stoic as usual Monday, discussing the many trades and signings as the action begins to subside.

“What we’re hoping for is a competitive team that’s pushing for playoffs,” Bowman said. “That’s why we all do this. Certainly, some years it’s more likely than others...[and] this year, we’re looking to take a step forward. There’s a lot of reason for excitement and optimism.”

Less than a year ago, Bowman spent a busy week waving the white flag on the team’s aimless 2017-to-2019 maneuverings and committing to a more cohesive, targeted rebuild.

He insists that rebuild is still happening, still building, still the plan. But there’s no denying it drastically changed tone this summer, flipping from the cautious, prospect-oriented method coach Jeremy Colliton led last season to an aggressive, acquisition-oriented, all-hands-on-deck approach moving forward.

Bowman admitted this summer’s spending spree — which has brought in Marc-Andre Fleury, Seth Jones, Caleb Jones, Jake McCabe, Tyler Johnson, Jujhar Khaira and counting — wasn’t exactly “mapped out back in October.” But the Hawks’ offloading then was apparently intended to “set up an environment” to make this possible now.

“We’ve been trying to position ourselves to have flexibility to be nimble enough to make strategic additions at the right time,” he said. “But it doesn’t really change the path we’re on. We still want to...continue to see our young players grow. If anything, we’re trying to surround those players with stronger players, to give our team more confidence that we can grow as a group.”

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Nikita Zadoro Traded To Calgary By Chicago

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Tyler Johnson Traded To Chicago

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