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Tyler Johnson Traded To Chicago

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Marc-Andre Fleury Headed To Chicago

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Duncan Keith Headed To Edmonton

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Video- Jonathan Toews With A Health Update

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Sexual Assault Alleged Against A Chicago Blackhawks Assistant Trainer

Content Warning: The following article contains references to sexual assault.

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

The alleged sexual assault of two former Chicago Blackhawks players was “an open secret” among staff both within and outside the team’s hockey department, a former team marketing official said in an interview with TSN.

The official said he was told by Blackhawks assistant trainer Jeff Thomas during the summer of 2010 that then-team video coach Brad Aldrich had allegedly sexually assaulted two players. The official asked for anonymity because he still works in the pro hockey industry and fears repercussions from the National Hockey League.

“Brad would routinely befriend young interns and invite them to his apartment in Chicago to watch March Madness basketball and other sports,” the marketing official said. “I was told to steer clear of him because he had tried something at his apartment on a few players. This was not something that only a few people knew about. The entire training staff, a lot of people knew...This was an open secret.”

The allegations against the Blackhawks went public in May after a former player filed a lawsuit in Chicago against the franchise.


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One More Year For Pat Foley

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

The Chicago Blackhawks today announced that Hall of Fame play-by-play broadcaster Pat Foley will call his final season of Chicago Blackhawks hockey during the 2021-22 campaign, the last year of his contract. A titan of the National Hockey League and Chicago broadcasting community, Foley's 39th season in the booth will include a year-long celebration with details to follow in the fall.

"Listening to the great Lloyd Pettit fostered a love for the Chicago Blackhawks and broadcasting at an early age. To follow in his footsteps and broadcast for the team for nearly 40 years is a dream come true for a Chicago native," said Foley. "Any kid who eats, sleeps and breathes sports, grows up wanting to play for their hometown team. Thankfully for me, I realized early on that my playing career wouldn't last beyond intramurals and that broadcasting was the next best thing to staying around the game. I have had conversations with the Blackhawks about my future, and because I cannot guarantee that I would like to continue beyond the length of my contract that ends after next season, they must look ahead. I support and respect their plan to transition the broadcast booth and I'm thankful to the Wirtz family and the Blackhawks for this opportunity."

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On The Move To ESPN

from Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times,

“It’s the right decision because ESPN is the biggest sports platform in the United States, probably the world,” Zadorov said. “It’s definitely a step forward for us to sell the game. We’re going to bring more people, more population to watch [us]. And it’s a big step up with the money as well for us, which is going to help us in the future with the next [collective-bargaining agreement].”

The money is undoubtedly the biggest positive from a league-business standpoint. The NHL will net $645 million annually from ESPN and Turner, plus another roughly $400 million annually from its ongoing Rogers/Sportsnet contract in Canada. It previously received less than $300 million annually from its contracts with NBC and Disney (for online streaming).

The increased TV revenue will balance the books after a devastating financial year and help the salary cap rise again — although that isn’t expected for another year or two.

“It’ll be good to get some freshness after the year we all had with COVID and everything,” Hawks forward Brett Connolly said. “It’ll be different, but hopefully it’s an advantage, which I think it will be.”


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Andrew Shaw Retiring Due To Concussion Issues

from NHL.com,

Andrew Shaw is ending his playing career because of concussions, the Chicago Blackhawks forward said Monday.

The 29-year-old was placed on long-term injured reserve March 5. He last played Feb. 9, when he sustained a concussion in a 2-1 overtime win against the Dallas Stars, and was advised by the Blackhawks medical staff to discontinue his career in hockey because of the potential long-term consequences

Shaw scored four points (two goals, two assists) in 14 games this season.

"There comes a time when every athlete needs to realize when their health is a priority and a future with their family is what is most important," Shaw said in a statement. "That point for me is now. After several concussions, doctors have strongly recommended I stop playing the game that I love. For once in my life, I am going to listen.

"I am extremely proud of what I accomplished in my career, and I want to make it clear: I would not change anything about it. I won two Stanley Cups, made lifelong friends -- and some enemies, too -- and will cherish those memories for the rest of my life."


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Time For The Chicago Blackhawks To Change Their Name And Logo

from David McGrath of the Chicago Tribune,

So if in 2021, in the middle of the season, or at the end of the playoffs, which the Blackhawks may still manage to squeeze into, would it be that big a deal if they shortened their name to simply the “Hawks”?

And if instead of the head of an Indian person with war paint and feathers, they changed the logo and mascot to that of a literal winged bird? Say, for instance, the red-tailed hawk, common in Illinois, which would then not necessitate changing the team’s colors.

It’s an opportune time to do so, since the U.S. Senate has just confirmed Deb Haaland as secretary of the Interior, the first Native American in history to hold a cabinet post.

And after decades of protests and complaints about the stereotyping and dehumanizing that results from sports teams’ use of logos, mascots and names based on Native Americans, hundreds of high schools, colleges and pro teams have eliminated offensive monikers.


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Carl Soderberg Back In Denver

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired forward Carl Soderberg from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forwards Ryder Rolston and Josh Dickinson.

Soderberg, 35, has appeared in 34 games for the Blackhawks this season, tallying 15 points (7g/8a). He’s tied for sixth on the team in points and his 1:30 of average shorthanded ice time per game ranks fourth among Blackhawks forwards. Soderberg ranks third on the team in faceoffs won (194) and faceoff win percentage (51.5%).

Selected by the St. Louis Blues in the second round (49th overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft, Soderberg has played in 586 career NHL games with the Boston Bruins, Avalanche, Arizona Coyotes and Blackhawks, totaling 295 points (110g/185a). He has 12 points (2g/10a) in 41 career Stanley Cup Playoff contests and became the second player in Bruins history to make his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in the Final when he played Game 5 against Chicago in 2013.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound center collected 151 points (57g/94a) during four seasons with the Avalanche from 2015-19, ranking fifth on the team in points, fifth in assists, fourth in goals and first in games played during that time frame. Throughout his seven seasons in the NHL, Soderberg has played all 82 regular-season contests three times and played all 70 games with Arizona last year before the season was suspended due to the pandemic.

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