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Clint Reif cause of death; Memorial Fund info

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By Chris Block

The death of Chicago Blackhawks Assistant Equipment Manager, Clint Reif was officially ruled a suicide on Tuesday.

Reif, 34, was found hanging and unresponsive in his Lombard home at 8:32 a.m. on the morning of December 21st, hours after returning home with the Blackhawks after a road game in Columbus, Ohio the previous evening. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Lombard police and fire department.

The DuPage County Coroner’s office ruled the cause of Clint Reif’s death as “Asphyxiation due to hanging” in a brief statement released on Tuesday, January 6th.

Reif’s death had been an open investigation until Tuesday, when the coroner’s office and Lombard police closed the case after the results of toxicology exams were returned. There was no autopsy performed.

He was in his ninth season as an assistant equipment manager for the Blackhawks after spending one season with the Chicago Wolves. Prior to that, Reif worked for various minor league teams in Alabama, Florida and the Fort Wayne Komets, who Reif worked for while he attended high school from 1996 to 1999.  He graduated from Snider High School in 1999. Reif spent his teenage years in Fort Wayne after his family moved there from Chicago in 1993.

Reif is survived by his wife, Kelly, and four children – three daughters and a son.

A memorial fund has been set up for Reif’s children. Donations can be made to:

The Clint Reif Memorial Fund
c/o J.P. Morgan Chase Bank
120 E. Wesley Street
Wheaton, IL 60187

There will also be a Blackhawks Fan brunch on Sunday February 8th at The Ogden Chicago, 1659 W. Ogden Avenue from 11am to 3pm. The Blackhawks play in St. Louis at 11:30am on NBC that day. The brunch buffet costs $18.95 with a portion of that money going to the Clint Reif Memorial Fund.

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Blackhawks Prevail 5-4 in OT Against Stars

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks came out on top of a see-saw affair Sunday night at the United Center, coming from behind four times and besting the Dallas Stars 5-4 in overtime. Patrick Sharp ended a wild night at the Madhouse with the game-winner early in the extra frame.

First Period-The Stars had an odd-man rush in the opening minute of action that was thwarted by a sliding Brent Seabrook. About a minute later, Chicago got some traffic in front after an Andrew Shaw shot from the left circle. Marcus Kruger got a stick on the rebound but Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen kept it out of harm’s way.

Niklas Hjalmarsson struck the post in the fourth minute. Soon after, the Stars jumped out to a 1-0 lead. Tyler Seguin sent a shot off of the leg of Brandon Saad that Corey Crawford was able to stop with his pads. Jamie Benn pounced on the rebound and scored 3:59 into the period. Read more »

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Former Blackhawk Troy Brouwer wins the Winter Classic for the Caps, Hawks fall 3-2

By Brad Vandenberk

The 2015 Winter Classic was decided with just 13 seconds remaining in the third period. Ex-Hawk Troy Brouwer found the puck on his stick at the top of the circle and beat Corey Crawford igniting the home fans taking the game 3-2. The outdoor elements were noticeable with the puck bouncing around all over the ice making it difficult to execute the stretch pass that the Hawks love to do, as well as enabling defensemen to keep pucks from jumping over the blue line.

Crawford kept the Hawks alive in the final period of the game making all kinds of saves. Braden Holtby at the other end, was just as sharp making sure the Capitals claimed victory. Michal Rozsival was back in the lineup after missing a few games due to injury. Tim Erixon and Joakim Nordstrom were the two Hawks watching the annual outdoor classic from the dugout.

Alex Ovechkin had a jump in his step on this day. He was all over the Hawks early, testing Crawford. Dan Carcillo and Michael Latta started the pushing and shoving right off the bat. Brooks Laich has a couple of solid opportunities and early on it looks to be an exciting start to the game. Read more »

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Winter Classic Game Highlights

From NHL.com

Troy Brouwer beats his former team, scoring with 13 seconds to go in regulation.

Final 3-2 Washington – Box Score and NHL.com recap

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Hawks fall down three to Nashville, then rush back twice to tie, kick extra point in 5-4 shootout win Monday at United Center

By Michael Calvert

The game started out like a typical Preds game, slow with a lot of backing and forth-ing in the neutral zone. However, at 11:50 in the first, the Preds started rolling. Just as their power play expired, Roman Josi scores on a pretty give and go pass that Saad must have been impressed by as he too sat watching.

Craig Smith deposited a rebound at 17:12 to give the Predators a 2-0 lead, which feels insurmountable the way this game is going, not to mention Rinne’s 1.8 goals against average.

The Predators had 18 shots in the first period, this is not your father’s Preds, not even your older brother’s. Read more »

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Blackhawks stumble out of the Gate, Recover for 5-2 Win over Avs

By Jon Fromi

First Period-It was a wild opening twenty; Chicago was a bit out of sorts but managed to match the Avs goal output. The Hawks struggled to establish possession in the Colorado zone but looked to remedy that when Brandon Saad was tripped by Ryan O’Reilly at 3:14 of the first period.

Chicago failed to use its man advantage effectively and the Avalanche got a shorthanded breakaway attempt. Fortunately, Alex Tanguay struck the left post and the chance went by the wayside.

Colorado took a 1-0 advantage late in the seventh minute. Nathan McKinnon took a pass from Maxime Talbot, crossed his blue line and maneuvered past Johnny Oduya across the red line. Outracing the Hawks defense, McKinnon reached the top of the right circle before unleashing a wrist shot that beat Corey Crawford at the 6:56 mark. Read more »

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Jets chase Crawford, Winnipeg skates to 5-1 win

By Brad Vandenberk

After playing with heart hearts on Sunday after the tragic loss of Clint Reif, the Blackhawks hosted the Winnipeg Jets. Most of the Jets players were once part of the Hawks organization so this made for an emotional match up. The Jets played a picture perfect road game and made the Hawks look like the defeated team they have been the past few days. Corey Crawford was pulled at the 4:30 mark of the 1st period leaving Antti Raanta in the crease to finish this 5-1 loss. This is the last game before a 3 day NHL Christmas break and it couldn’t have come a better time for the Hawks. Spending time with family and friends is exactly what is required to refocus before they visit Colorado on Saturday.

Brad Richards missed his second consecutive game with an upper body injury. Although he did take part in the morning skate which means he’s not far from returning. David Rundblad was in and Tim Erixon was scratched for this game. Michael Hutchinson made 38 of 39 saves to win again at the United Center. The last time Hutchinson played the Hawks was on November 2nd stealing a shutout in a 1-0 win. Read more »

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Raanta backstops 4-0 shutout of Leafs on emotional day for the Blackhawks

By Michael Calvert

Sunday night, the once hot, but now cold Maple Leafs came into Chicago on the heels of being blown out by Philly at home. Their luck wasn’t much improved as Raanta was as solid as need be and the Hawks put together a tight, complete game on their way to a 4-0 shutout.

Brad Richards was not in the lineup so the lines looked slightly different: Read more »

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Blackhawks Fall To Bobrovsky, Blue Jackets Win Extended Shootout 3-2

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks visited Nationwide Arena Saturday night looking to take two points from the Columbus Blue Jackets. Thanks to Sergei Bobrovsky, only a single point could be claimed. Columbus rode their goalie to a 3-2 shootout victory as Bobrovsky made 39 saves.

The Blackhawks had plenty of chances but ultimately dropped the game in what turned out to be an nine-round shootout. Patrick Sharp and Ben Smith tallied for Chicago in the losing effort.

First Period-Brandon Saad was tripped while chasing a rebound by Ryan Johansen 30 seconds into the game. That put the Hawks up a man right off the bat. Despite keeping the puck in the Columbus zone and getting a couple of shots on goal, Chicago could not convert. Read more »

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No Keith, No problem: Hawks grind out 5-3 win over the Wild

By Brad Vandenberk

The Chicago Blackhawks welcomed divisional rival Minnesota Wild into the United Center on Tuesday night. It was their first match since the Hawks dismissed Minnesota from the playoffs last year. Earlier in the morning it was announced that Duncan Keith would miss this game with an illness. With the mumps being all over the NHL, it has yet to be determined what Keith is going through. Antti Raanta was between the pipes for this one with Niklas Backstrom taking the visitors crease.

The Hawks relied on their big guns to take this one. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Brent Seabrook and Ben Smith all scored as the Hawks grinded out a 5-3 victory. Originally David Rundblad was in Keith place, but that was quickly changed before the second period even started, as the defensive pairings changed. Read more »

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