Jeremy Morin left the BMO Harris Bank Center late Saturday night in route for Chicago. Morin has been recalled to the Blackhawks.
The 20-year old winger received word of his recall after an IceHogs’ 4-2 victory over Milwaukee.
Morin missed Saturday night’s IceHogs contest serving the final game of a 3-game suspension he incurred as result of last Sunday’s elbowing incident on Milwaukee Admirals’ forward Joel Champagne. Morin miss all three IceHogs games this past week. The team does not play again until Wednesday night, when the Toronto Marlies visit the BMO.
In 23 games this season in Rockford, Morin has 5 goals and 10 assists. He’s a plus-1 with 56 penalty minutes.
Morin scored on his second shift in his return, on his first shot on goal. He also scored in his second game back, also in Abbotsford, two days later. Since, Morin has 3 goals in 21 contests. Two of those came in one game, at Peoria on November 11th. Read more »
Top Blackhawks prospect and Rockford IceHogs winger Jeremy Morinwas suspended on Tuesday for the team’s next 3 games as result of an elbowing incident during Sunday’s 5-4 shootout loss in Milwaukee.
With six minutes remaining in the second period, Morin collided with Milwaukee Admirals center Joel Champagne, while chasing a loose puck deep in the Admirals’ zone.
Morin’s elbow connected with the left side of Champagne’s jaw as Morin attempted to box his opponent off the loose puck in the right corner behind the Admirals’ goal line.
Champagne was moving on the ice but did lay prone for several minutes while attended to by both the IceHogs and Admirals trainers. He was eventually placed on a backboard and stretchered across the ice before being sent to a hospital for further evaluation.
The play sequence began with a weak Champagne turnover in the neutral zone, forced by an Andrew Shaw backcheck. Seconds later, Brandon Pirri gained the Admirals’ blue line by lifting a puck, tossed backhand across the ice, leading Shaw along the far boards. Shaw won a one-on-one physical battle with defenseman Tyler Sloan and advanced that puck down low into the right corner. At this point, Morin read the play and came down from the middle of the slot in pursuit of the puck.
Joel Champagne actually should have gotten to that puck first, but he was slow to get there. Champagne saw Morin coming and pulled up to avoid a hit. Morin had time to adjust, and instead of throwing a check on Champagne, Morin chose to box him off the puck since Champagne was, in effect, surrendering possession to Morin. In seeing Champagne pull up and making his adjustment, Morin shifted his weight in turning his back to Champagne to shield the Milwaukee player off the puck.
As far as the elbow, Champagne was struck by an accidental blow from Morin’s left, trailing elbow. Read more »
It’s another 3-in-3 this weekend for the Rockford IceHogs, beginning tonight when the Chicago Wolves drive up Interstate 90 to the BMO Harris Bank Center for a 7:05 puck drop.
The Wolves have won each of two meetings two far, a back-to-back, home and home affair on October 21-22. Rockford and Chicago will see each other 12 times this season. The final meeting coming on Sunday February 26th in Rockford. After tonight, the two teams will next face off on December 29th at Allstate Arena. So, the other eight meetings will come in January and February.
Chicago (9-8-1-3) is 4th in the West Division, sitting 5 points (and with a game in hand) above 5th and last-place Rockford. It’s already becoming a broken record, but the IceHogs really need these two points tonight to keep from falling too far behind the pack.
Saturday night, Grand Rapids visits the BMO. It will be the final time this season to see Detroit Red Wings prospects at the BMO. Rockford has defeated the Griffins in two meetings already this season, including a 3-2 opening night victory in front of a crowd of 5,434. The two teams will wrap their 4-game season series this coming Wednesday night in Grand Rapids.
On Sunday, the IceHogs travel to Milwaukee (13-6-0-1) for their first visit to the Bradley Center this season. These two teams have yet to face off in 2011-12 and will do so 12 times before its all said and done. The Admirals are a modest 6-4 at home this year. By Sunday, Milwaukee will also be playing their 3rd game in as many days as they host Grand Rapids tonight, and visit the Chicago Wolves tomorrow evening.
–Watch the IceHogs: Tonight’s Rockford IceHogs – Chicago Wolves game will be televised locally in Chicago by the Wolves at 7pm on My50-Chicago, WPWR channel 50. Read more »
The best news to come out of the weekend from an IceHogs’ perspective is that the injury Alexander Salak suffered in Friday night’s loss to Lake Erie is not nearly as bad as first appeared.
Salak was making an innocent looking stop twenty seconds into the second period when he flattened out on the ice favoring his left leg. It did not appear that any other player made significant contact with Salak.
After a couple minutes, teammates helped Salak across the ice to an awaiting stretcher and he was rolled to the trainer’s room. Upon getting up, Salak could put no weight at all on the leg.
Asked for a status on Salak 24 hours later, coach Ted Dent had a positive update.
“He’s just day-to-day. I don’t think it’s too serious.”
A source confirms Salak does not have a knee injury. It is a sprain to another part of the leg. Read more »
IceHogs’ center Brandon Pirri – photo: Rockford IceHogs
By Chris Block
Rockford IceHogs (8-10-1-0) drop the puck on a three-game weekend tonight when the Lake Erie Monsters (9-10-1-1) visit the BMO Harris Bank Center at 7:05. This will be the first time this season Rockford has had to play three games on consecutive days. They’ll do so again next weekend. In both cases, the first two games are at home, followed by a game day bus trip on Sunday.
Tonight’s game also marks the return of former Hogs Evan Brophey, Hugh Jessiman and defenseman Mike Brennan.
Brophey comes in on a 4-game point streak (2g, 2a). He registered his first career hat trick on 11/11/11 against San Antonio. Brophey turns 25 on Saturday. His IceHogs/Blackhawks tenure ended in suspension last March when he stepped out of the penalty box and destroyed Hamilton Bulldogs forward Hunter Bishop with an open ice blind side hit. Brophey received a season-ending 7-game suspension after playing in two subsequent games that weekend before the AHL got around to holding a hearing following the March 25th hit.
Hugh Jessiman had posted a goal in four consecutive games prior to Lake Erie’s 2-1 loss to Houston on Wednesday night. In 17 games this season, Jessiman has 7 goals and 9 points. Last season, prior to being sent to the Panthers in the Jack Skille-Michael Frolik/Alexander Salak swap, Jessiman had just 3 goals and 5 points in 25 games with Rockford. Jessiman was struggling with groin issues while with the IceHogs. Read more »
–For those wanting to catch a glimpse of Brian Campbell, Kris Versteeg, Tomas Kopecky and their new crew before the Hawks travel to South Florida on November 2, tonight is your chance. Campbell skated just over 30 minutes and had the primary assist on both Panthers’ goals in a 2-0 win on Long Island in Florida’s only game so far. Jose Theodore was in net for the shutout.
The Panthers will make their only national television appearance of the 2011-12 season, and just their third in four years tonight on VERSUS when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins.
–For those who missed it, I uploaded Saturday night’s Committed Indian column here.
As you’d imagine, Quenneville is a controlled irate and angling for major disciplinary action on the Wings’ Brendan Smith, a prospect who may not make Detroit’s opening night roster. On the other hand, Babcock is doing his best to defend his player while not coming off as a blind fool. Most won’t like what Babcock has to say, but I’d hold judgement until something like this again happens to one of his players.
While its impossible to say for sure considering this is the NHL, there should be some degree of supplementary discipline stemming from this hit.
As you can see, Brendan Smith makes only a veiled attempt at a pokecheck before launching himself into the drifting Hawks’ forward. Aside from the reckless endangerment of Ben Smith, the Wings’ Brendan Smith makes the porous all-or-nothing defensive decision (in the 3rd period of a 3-3 hockey game moments after losing the lead) in the event he missed his shoulder block attempt, would have allowed the Hawks’ rookie in unabated to Detroit’s goal.
While the league heedlessly focuses their sole attention and new regulation on head shots (while very important its missing the larger triggering issue) the cause of most of these unfortunate collisions are players ignoring the puck to take a run at their opponent. Whether the head becomes a point of contact or not shouldn’t make the play any less of a punishable offense. When two players come together – one who is playing the puck, the other is not – bad things can happen. The one who is (the one playing hockey) is at the complete mercy of the player who has disregarded his defensive responsibility for the sake of the highlight film check or worse, and you’re a fool if you don’t believe this goes on, injuring his opposing player. Any part of the body is at risk, the head, neck, back, knees.
Ben Smith missed a month of last year’s AHL season (Jan 8 – Feb 8th) with a concussion, one that coincidentally occurred against Grand Rapids, the Red Wings’ affiliate. Brendan Smith missed that contest with a knee injury. Ben Smith was set for a possible return a of couple weeks later when he was struck in the face with a puck during a practice, injuring him and re-aggravating the concussion. So, depending on how you want to look at it, this is either Ben Smith’s second, or third concussion in the past nine months.
The saga of Dustin Byfuglien’s August 31 boating DWI on a Minnesota lake is nearly a month old and its still churning out little nuggets seemingly by the day.
Now a police report released Tuesday says Byfuglien’s breathalyzer count was .03, well under the legal limit of .08 in Minnesota, but they still suspected the burly blue liner of being impaired by drugs due to slurred speech and an inability to pass a field sobriety test. Byfuglien admitted to having 2 or 3 glasses of wine at dinner, which he and his party were traveling from at the time they were stopped by police. Noted in the police report was the presence of a brown stain on Byfuglien’s tongue. Byfuglien was stopped by police at a Lake Minnetonka check point because he did not have proper lights on his boat, according to a Winnipeg Free Press report. Read more »
Patrick Sharp underwent emergency appendectomy surgery on Monday evening.
“Patrick Sharp underwent an emergent surgical appendectomy this evening after experiencing some abnormal abdominal discomfort,” Blackhawks head physician Dr. Michael Terry said in a team statement released Monday night. “The surgery was successful and I anticipate a full recovery in approximately three to four weeks.”
Based on prior instances across sports, a more likely timetable for an athlete of Sharp’s stature is 2-3 weeks. Four weeks would push Sharp’s return beyond the Blackhawks opening weekend match ups with the Stars as four weeks from the time of surgery is October 10.
Sharp will be fine. This development does open the door for increased reps and exhibition game action for the likes of Viktor Stalberg, Rostislav Olesz, Ben Smith, Marcus Kruger, Brandon Segal, Brett McLean and others. Read more »
Blackhawks acquired the rights to Jonathan Toews’ younger brother on Friday.
David Toews arrives via the New York Islanders in exchange for future considerations.
It should be noted that David Toews did not have a pro contract with the Islanders and so far the Blackhawks have not tendered him one either.
David Toews is turning pro after completing his amateur career in the Western Hockey League this past spring. He has joined Blackhawks’ prospects in Oshawa this weekend for the four-day round-robin rookie tournament. Like his brother, David is a centerman.
“Stan Bowman called me and wanted me to know that they weren’t trying to do Johnny any favors,” David Toews told the Free Press. “(Bowman) said he liked me as a player and they’re pretty familiar with me because I’ve been training in Chicago all summer.”
David Toews, 21, was drafted by the Islanders in 2008, 66th overall in the third round. He followed in his older brother’s footsteps attending North Dakota for two years but struggled for ice time and left following his sophomore season. Toews joined the Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) last season and as an overager scored 20 goals and 28 assists in 60 regular season games. Read more »