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From the Chicago Blackhawks,
Representatives of the Chicago Blackhawks met with Comcast SportsNet executives today to begin discussions about televising some home games this hockey season.
It’s important to understand that Comcast SportsNet’s current schedule was developed well over a year ago, so fitting the Blackhawks into that schedule cannnot be done overnight. No definitive agreement has been reached at this time, however, we are convinced that it is the appropriate next step to re-energize Chicago hockey fans and create new fans. We are also working on a long term strategy for televising additional home games in the future.
From Paul Ladewski at Daily Southtown,
At a time when live organ music has been drowned out by computer-programmed rock-‘n’-roll in most sports arenas, Blackhawks organist Frank Pellico is a survivor.
About half of the 30 NHL teams employ keyboard players, but Pellico is among the few who play an actual organ at the games.
What’s more, Pellico said, “to my knowledge, the Blackhawks are the only team that has an organ of this size and capacity. I mean, a real pipe organ.”
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
For those who understand what the Cubs mean to baseball, what the Bears mean to the NFL and what the Bulls came to mean to the NBA, it’s not too hard to comprehend that the disappearance of the Blackhawks as a successful team and popular drawing card at the same time the world of media has expanded and diversified has been a major, major problem for the NHL.
These days, there’s a least hope that change is on the way.
Toews, the Hawks’ top pick in 2006, took Kane’s feed while speeding through the neutral zone, raced past a forward and burst between defensemen Scott Hannan and Brett Clark before beating Theodore.
“It happened so fast,” Toews said. “I was lucky their D-men were a little flatfooted. I don’t think they expected me to come in with that much speed. I was pretty pumped.”
Chicago coach Denis Savard, who scored dozens of electrifying goals as a Blackhawks center, was impressed.
“We’ve haven’t seen a goal like this in a long time,” Savard said. “It was the highlight tape goal of the week, highlight goal of the year.”
Watch the Toews goal about 33 seconds into the video…
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Chicago Blackhawks winger Martin Havlat will undergo rehabilitation on his injured shoulder and will be out of the lineup for about four more weeks.
from the Chicago Daily-Herald,
It’s the question most Hawks fans are asking: Is the team going to be run differently with Rocky Wirtz in the big chair?
The answer is… it sure seems that way.
The fact that Rocky Wirtz recognized Pulford’s presence in the United Center gave the perception to the outside world that he was still making all the decisions was a critical moment in the recent history of the franchise.
According to a source close to Rocky Wirtz, physically removing Pulford from the building and moving his office across town was a symbolic move made to show Hawks fans that change is coming.
from Mike Chen’s Hockey Blog,
A long time ago (about, oh 15 years) in a galaxy far, far away (Chicago Stadium), the Chicago Blackhawks were considered one of the NHL’s best franchises. From the early-to-mid 90’s, going into Chicago meant a unique mix of speed, grit, and skill, led by a wide mix of players from Jeremy Roenick to Chris Chelios to Denis Savard to Steve Larmer; later on, that mix included Bernie Nicholls, Tony Amonte, and Gary Suter.
For about half of the 90’s, the Hawks were scary good, and the roar at Chicago Stadium let everyone know that they should fear making a trip into the Windy City.
From Lacy J. Banks at the Chicago Sun-Times,
While Blackhawks coach Denis Savard is ‘‘quite concerned’’ about injuries sidelining Martin Havlat (right shoulder) and Rene Bourque (groin), there are three significant reasons why Savard is happy and why his team is off to a 3-2 start.
First, Robert Lang has opened the season with a bang, leading the teams in scoring with three goals and two assists.
Second, rookies Patrick Kane (four assists) and Jonathan Toews (one goal, two assists) have each made an immediate impact.
Third, the Blackhawks have better depth, especially on defense, with the contributions of such newcomers as Kevyn Adams and Yanic Perreault.
from the Chicago Tribune,
While not quite official, it’s appearing more and more likely Blackhawks winger Martin Havlat will not require surgery on his injured right shoulder.
The team has the opinion of four doctors and awaits a fifth and final one before making a final decision, but coach Denis Savard said he expects his star forward back in a matter of weeks, not months.
From Barry Rozner at the Daily Herald,
The dominoes are starting to fall.
The housecleaning on West Madison began with the departure of Peter Wirtz last week and continued with the removal of Bob Pulford on Thursday, one of the most important moves the Blackhawks have made in years.
At this rate, new Hawks owner Rocky Wirtz will have home games on TV and a first-class hockey operations department by Christmas.
OK, that’s a stretch, but he’s moving fast and you have to give him time to clear up the more complicated matters.
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