By Brad Vandenberk
Annual rookie tournaments have begun all over North America, getting fans and players excited with less than a week until training camp starts. The Chicago Blackhawks are in Oshawa, Ontario playing the likes of Ottawa, Pittsburgh and Toronto. Game 1 saw the Hawks square off against the Maple Leafs at the General Motors Centre.
Donned in their red jerseys, the Hawks began the tournament with a determined effort against the Leafs. Mac Carruth was the starting goalie joined by starters Shawn Lalonde and Dylan Olsen on defense. Mark McNeil was flanked by Ludvig Rensfeldt and Jimmy Hayes up front. [Hawks game roster]
The Hawks got their first chance at a power play as the ref made a hooking call at 1:52 of the first period. They were unable to capitalize however.
It didn’t take long for the fists to start flying as 5’10” Andrew Shaw took on 6’5” Jamie Devane with a David versus Goliath type match. [Highlights at bottom of this report]
After Devane served his 5 minute major for fighting, he opened the scoring for the Leafs as a puck was shot wide from the blue line and bounced to the side of the net. Devane, standing on the door step, quickly shot the puck over Carruth making the score 1-0 with just under 2 minutes remaining in the first.
Philippe Paradis left the 1st period after being hit hard in the offensive zone and grimacing his way back to the bench. Paradis did not return. [ed. note: Paradis did not dress in Sunday’s game vs Ottawa]