Blackhawks ECHL affiliate Toledo Walleye gets the whole team involved in a special Christmas season video promotion.
By Chris Block
Many teams across the NHL, including the Chicago Blackhawks, have released their 2012 preseason schedules since the Los Angeles Kings hoisted the Stanley Cup this past Monday night.
Now, Wayne Gretzky’s All-Stars may have a better chance of playing the United Center this September and early October than the Blackhawks, Penguins, Flyers and Red Wings, nonetheless, the schedule is as follows….
On the road:
Tuesday, September 25 @ Philadelphia – 6pm [central]
Saturday, September 29 @ Detroit Red Wings, Joe Louis Arena – 6pm
Friday, October 5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins, Consol Energy Center – 6pm
At the United Center:
Friday, September 28 vs Detroit Red Wings – 7:30pm
Sunday, September 30 vs Pittsburgh Penguins – 6pm
Saturday, October 6 vs Philadelphia Flyers – 7:30pm
By Chris Block
On Friday, the Chicago Blackhawks announced they have reached terms on a 1-year contract with center Pete Leblanc. It will be a two-way (NHL/AHL) agreement.
Leblanc was originally the Blackhawks 7th round selection (186th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. After spending four years at the University of New Hampshire, Leblanc turned pro with the Rockford IceHogs.
The Hamilton, Ontario native has spent the past two seasons with the Rockford IceHogs on AHL contracts as the Blackhawks had elected not to offer Leblanc an NHL contract until now.
In 70 games this season, Leblanc has posted 23 goals and 20 assists for the IceHogs. Since being a healthy scratch for three consecutive games in early November, Leblanc has scored all 23 of his goals over the most recent 61 contests.
He is currently tied for the team lead in goals scored (23) with Brandon Pirri. And Leblanc is second on the team in overall points, trailing Pirri by twelve points, with 43. Leblanc has a plus/minus rating of plus-2. It was Leblanc’s elevated level of play that caused veteran Brett McLean to slip down the IceHogs depth chart and even to the wing on the fourth line before McLean opted to play out the rest of the season in Switzerland.
By Chris Block
The American Hockey League office dealt out discipline on Tuesday in response to Sunday’s bench-clearing brawl incident in Milwaukee between the Rockford IceHogs and hosting Admirals.
In all, four players received a total of 10 games as penalty for their involvement in Sunday’s brawl. Rockford got the short-hand with two of its players each getting three games while Milwaukee got a total of four. The two teams and respective coaches were fined undisclosed amounts as well.
IceHogs center Rob Flick received 3 games for essentially instigating the incident when he skated over to Milwaukee’s crease and engaged with Admirals’ goaltender Jeremy Smith while the two teams were lining up for a face off in the neutral zone. Smith got a 1 game suspension.
Smith and Flick appeared to be exchanging words before Smith took a sip from his water bottle and turned around to find Flick approaching the top of his crease. At that point Smith took the first swing with his blocker at the head of Flick and the two immediately began fighting before the puck had ever dropped out near the Admirals’ blue line.
Shawn Lalonde and Milwaukee’s Michael Latta each received 3-game suspensions for leaving the penalty box to join in the melee. Those two had been sent off with off-setting fighting majors at the previous whistle. Lalonde was responding to Latta taking a run and IceHogs’ forward Brandon Svendsen, who was in a vulnerable position a few feet away from the boards.
By Chris Block
Some quick notes leading into tonight’s game in Rockford between the IceHogs and Houston Aeros.
Brandon Pirri returns to the ‘Hogs lineup after missing the past seven games with a knee injury.
Orland Park, Illinois native and recent Chicago Blackhawks signing Terry Broadhurst will make his professional debut tonight. Broadhurst will at least start out on Brandon Pirri’s left wing.
Broadhurst is listed at 5-11 and 165 pounds and is a left-handed shot.
Mark McNeill and Kyle Beach will be kept together as they were most of Friday night. Rob Flick shifts from center to left wing on their line with Pirri getting back into the lineup.
Paul Zanette is out. He left last night’s game with an upper body injury late in the second period and did not return. He was favoring his right arm as he left the ice with the Rockford trainer.
Here are Rockford’s lineups and scratches for tonight’s game with the Houston Aeros
By Chris Block
On this 40-minute edition of Puck Chatter, Superstar, myself and a barking puppy dog discuss the latest major topics as they pertain to Chicago Blackhawks hockey.
Discussed is the updated status of Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith’s elbow and its impending suspension, Corey Crawford’s recent resurgence, Johnny Oduya, the newest Rockford IceHogs, their playoff chances, the Clear Day roster, Alexander Salak’s future and another struggling veteran.
We also had a Chicago Blackhawk sighting in Millennium Park today, Ruutu (whose favorite Blackhawk is apparently that player) puppy dog is doing better but is now kicking feces at his owner, Bombay gin, spending a night in Superstar’s box and Red Wings fans whining about the Preds and Alexander Radulov.
All this and much more on this edition of Puck Chatter~Radio.
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Chris Campoli this past Thursday on his stay in Chicago
“I have nothing but great things to say about it. It didn’t work out contract wise with them, but they’re a first-class organization. The fans were unbelievable. The city is absolutely amazing. I really enjoyed being there and I was very fortunate to be able join the team when I did.” [Fan 590 Toronto]
He wasn’t asked at all about the failed negotiations with the Blackhawks. This also a day after the Hawks officially cut Campoli loose on the UFA market. The Chicago comments came as Campoli was asked to summarize or compare each place he’s played thus far in the NHL. Simply a waste of time, a terrible interview.
Martin Lapointe, who’s served as a pro scout for the past two seasons, is no longer listed in that, or any other capacity on the Blackhawks official web site.
In case you hadn’t heard….