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McNeill’s first pro goal, assist help lead Rockford to a 4-3 win in Texas

By Chris Block

Oftentimes when a good young player graduates a level there is at least a brief adjustment, or feeling out period.

And, in most cases, at some point, there are those moments or nights when you can almost witness that proverbial light bulb going off in the player’s head – when he, himself, becomes convinced his abilities do apply at that next level.  On a shift, or a moment of pure instinct, his skills take over and he leaves behind the indecisiveness and over-thinking that naturally occurs when adapting to a new environment.

Prior to game two of the IceHogs 2013-14 season on Sunday in suburban Austin, Texas, Mark McNeill had appeared in 13 games in an IceHogs sweater and was without a point.  Seven of those came at the end of his 18 year old junior season, and five more at the end of last season.  In those late season cameos, McNeill barely showed even brief flashes of the attributes that made him the 18th overall selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Read more »

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IceHogs re-sign Svendsen, Farjestad gets Salak; Notes on private prospect mini-camp, Haviland and Team USA

By Chris Block

Word is the NHL is releasing its 2012-13 regular season schedule on Thursday.

–Rockford IceHogs re-signed forward Brandon Svendsen to an AHL contract for the 2012-13 season on Tuesday.

The 5-10, 176 pound Svendsen appeared in 39 games with the IceHogs last season after joining the team on January 10th.  The Minnesota native posted 4 goals and 10 assists for Rockford.  Two of Svendsen’s goals were game-winners and his tally with 43 seconds left in regulation in the season finale on April 14th sent that game to overtime.

Svendsen was signed to a professional try-out contract on January 10th and made his IceHogs debut in Rosemont for a Wednesday matinee game against the Chicago Wolves.

At the time, Jimmy Hayes, Andrew Shaw and Ben Smith were all on recall with the Blackhawks.  Other IceHogs forwards Rostislav Olesz and Kyle Beach were each sidelined with shoulder injuries, creating an opening for Svendsen. Read more »

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Wednesday news/notes: Carcillo, Roenick, Chico Maki, Waite, AHL sked and more


Adam Jahns of the Sun-Times has a quick Q&A with Dan Carcillo here.

Jahns asked Carcillo to describe himself away from the ice.  Carcillo said what pretty much every one of his former teammates will say, and its that he’s “pretty much the exact opposite.”  (Opposite, that is, of a loose cannon. My words)

Carcillo: “If something irks me or gets me upset, I usually take it out on the ice.”

That explains a lot.

–Former Blackhawk goaltender Jimmy Waite is the new goaltending coach for the Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL).  Waite is the younger brother of current Blackhawks’ goaltending coach Stephane Waite.  Jimmy, who is now 42, continued his playing career in Europe until retiring at age 40.  He returns to coach the team he played junior hockey with, the same Chicoutimi organization Waite was playing for when the Hawks drafted him 8th overall in 1987 NHL Draft.  The president of the current day Sagueneens is Guy Carbonneau.

–Apparently there is a site in Europe pushing a rumor saying David Aebischer will be traded to Fribourg-Gotteron soon and Cristobal Huet is out attributing me as the source.  That’s not even close to what I wrote.

–The Maple Leafs revealed their roster for the round-robin rookie camp tournament taking place September 10 – 13 in Oshawa.  The Blackhawks, Senators and Penguins are the other teams involved.

Jeremy Roenick reenacts famous “Swingers” scene. [Yahoo!]

–For those who missed our note the other day, yesterday, August 16, marked the 15-year anniversary of the trade that sent Jeremy Roenick to Phoenix for Alexei Zhamnov. Read more »

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