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Apparently the Chicago Blackhawks are finding their way to television in more ways that expected. A little mainstream, pop culture exposure:
In tonight’s edition of the ABC hit comedy series, “Samantha Who?,” Samantha (played by Christina Applegate) inadvertently leads her blind date, Kevin (played by Eddie Cibrian) to believe that she’s an avid hockey fan. When he invites her to a Chicago Blackhawks game, Samantha turns to her ex-boyfriend Todd (played by Barry Watson) for help. The episode, “The Hockey Date,” which features game footage licensed by NHL Productions, will air tonight on ABC.
from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,
This shameless cheering from the media stems from a story our U.S. college correspondent Andy Baggot wrote for The Hockey News in January, 2005. Dowell was in his sophomore season with the University of Wisconsin Badgers and was having to come to grips with devastating news that affected his father, his family and his future.
Jake’s father John, a former small college offensive linesman and a fitness buff, was diagnosed in 2003 with Huntington’s disease, an incurable genetic brain disorder that leads to a steady regression in mental and physical capabilities….
If that grim news wasn’t enough to deal with, Jake was confronted with another terrible reality. Children of a person with the disease have a 50 percent chance of inheriting the gene.
from the Edmonton Sun,
On Friday they went to dinner, four friends swapping stories and comparing notes on living out a childhood dream.
Then last night, Sam Gagner, Andrew Cogliano, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews faced each other in a battle showcasing the future stars of the NHL.
Gagner and Cogliano with the Edmonton Oilers, Kane and Toews with the Chicago Blackhawks.
“It’s obviously great getting a chance to play against him after playing with him all of last year,” Gagner said of facing Kane. “It’s exciting.”
from the Chicago Tribune (Sunday edition),
“After Dad’s passing, I realized the Hawks have lost money, but I was surprised they had lost as much as they had,” Wirtz said. “I knew we had to start doing something right away.”
If his philosophy could be boiled down to one cliché, it is this: You have to spend money to make money. But as clear as Wirtz is about this basic theory, it is at the perplexing crux of how he differs from his father.
“Dad believed that in our other businesses, and then the money we make, we put right back into the organization,” Wirtz said. “He just didn’t execute it [with the Hawks], and I don’t know why.”
from the Chicago Sun-Times,
‘‘He looked so comfortable, so confident,’’ goaltender coach Stephane Waite said of Khabibulin’s last two outings. ‘‘He’s found his comfort zone.’‘
Khabibulin hasn’t been able to explain why, because he has paid the price for both of those hard-earned victories. He experienced dehydration in both and had long intravenous treatments immediately after leaving the ice.
‘‘He lost 12 pounds against Detroit and probably about nine [at Calgary],’’ Savard said. ‘‘Khabby takes a lot of fluids. He has this purple drink he takes between shifts. He’s always been like that. It’s not unusual.’‘
Something is different about Khabibulin’s play, though.
Savard lauded Waite’s work after the Calgary win.
from the Daily Herald,
Whatever problems he might have had with Keenan all those years ago are in the past, according to Savard.
“To tell you the truth, Mike’s a good coach and he had to do what he had to do then and that’s just the way it goes,” Savard said. “I think you know my personality. I’m not one of those guys that’s going to hold a grudge against anybody, whether we worked well or not together. I moved on a long time ago and he’s been a good coach in this league for a long time.”
from Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald,
There’s no reason why the Hawks can’t make the playoffs with a tweak here and there, or even be a team that finishes in the top four or five. There’s only one dominant team in the Western Conference—the Detroit Red Wings—and the Hawks have beaten them four times already.
The Anaheim Ducks and the San Jose Sharks are strong, but after that the Hawks can be as good as anyone in the West, provided Martin Havlat returns to health, Tallon adds a veteran defenseman and a forward, and goalies Nikolai Khabibulin and Patrick Lalime play better.
The Chicago Blackhawks will name their new president today at a press conference at 12:00pm CT today.
I have been out of the loop for the last 18 hours due to a loss of internet access, so I haven’t heard much about this. Any ideas?
update 11:25am, via the AP,
Chicago Cubs president John McDonough resigned Tuesday after a little more than a year on the job and is expected to take a similar position with the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks called an afternoon news conference to introduce their new team president.
Press Release from Chicago Blackhawks:
Blackhawks forward Martin Havlat underwent a strength and evaluation test on his injured shoulder today at the Cleveland Clinic. The results verified that Havlat’s shoulder continues to improve and get stronger. The possibility exists that he may return to the Blackhawks lineup on Wednesday, November 28th, when the Blackhawks host the Tampa Bay Lightning at the United Center at 7:30 p.m.
*Previous updates on the ups and downs of Havlat’s recovery.
From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,
So here they are, 20 games into the season, and the Blackhawks are in the midst of a five-day break, before embarking on a pivotal road swing through Western Canada that will give them a clearer idea of whether they are a legitimate playoff contender this year — or still in the throes of a rebuilding program.
Toews and Kane represent the two leaders in the rookie of the year race this season and it is reminiscent of the 2001-02 season, when the two Atlanta Thrashers prospects, Dany Heatley and Ilya Kovalchuk, finished one-two in the Calder Trophy race and turned that expansion franchise into a team on the rise. Or at least gave the organization something to get excited about.
After all, excitement has been the missing ingredient on the Chicago hockey scene for the better part of a decade.
Update 10:39pm ET:
An observation from Mike Downey at the Chicago Tribune:
Hold on to your hockey stick: Only four teams (Red Wings, Rangers, Hurricanes and Senators) in the entire 30-team NHL have won more games so far than the Blackhawks. Cool, man.
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