By Chris Block
In a true case of unfortunate timing, Blackhawks prospect Ben Smith was injured while playing for the IceHogs in Rockford on Friday night. The team’s leading goal scorer injured his hand and missed Saturday night’s game in Milwaukee due to the injury.
It is not known at this point how long Smith will be out of action.
Over his last 25 games, Smith has posted 12 goals, 12 assists to go with a plus-5 rating. His season total of 15 goals are one better than that of Martin St. Pierre, the IceHogs overall leading scorer.
To follow up on a Twitter post I put out on early Saturday evening, at this point it now appears Ben Smith will not need surgery on his injured hand.
Smith was injured during Friday night’s 5-2 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford.
A source with knowledge of the injury had learned on Saturday that Smith’s injury may require surgery.
However, late Saturday night a separate person close to the situation indicated that Smith’s hand won’t require surgery.
Smith was involved in a fight late in the second period Friday night with Griffins’ defenseman Brennan Evans. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, IceHogs, Injury, News and Notes, Training Camp
Tagged Ben Smith, Blackhawks, Brandon Saad, Chicago Tribune, Chris Kuc, Concussion, Dylan Olsen, Injury, Klas Dahlbeck, Ryan Stanton, Steve Montador, Training camp
By Chris Block
Quickly checking in with a few notes….
First off, there hasn’t been a podcast yet this week because I’ve been playing sick and have mostly lost my voice. Hopefully we’ll be able to do one over the weekend, if not then this Monday.
This weekend I’ll begin previewing the 2012-13 Rockford IceHogs by profiling each individual player. I’ll also have a new post up sometime on Friday discussing our interview last week with IceHogs’ broadcaster Mike Peck. I encourage you to check it out if you haven’t heard it yet.
The IceHogs will officially open their training camp on September 30th. The season begins with a weekend set in Rosemont, Illinois on October 13-14 against the Chicago Wolves.
Lastly, I participated in a roundtable Q&A with several others that should be posted over at the newly-launced TheCommittedIndian.com shortly.
Johan Mattsson, Aug 9, 2011, Lake Placid, NY – Yahoo.ca
In ten days, about 24 of the Blackhawks top prospects will arrive in Oshawa, Ontario to compete in the annual Toronto Maple Leafs Rookie Invitational Tournament.
The Leafs, Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins will participate in the four-day, round-robin points-based tournament. The same four competed against one another last September when the exhibition was staged in London, Ontario. Chicago has been invited for the second consecutive year, having replaced the Boston Bruins, the only change in the foursome since 2009.
Toronto announced its roster way back on August 9. Ottawa and Pittsburgh did so on Tuesday. Click the links to preview their squads…. Read more
Posted in Prospects
Tagged Andrew Shaw, Ben Youds, Dylan Olsen, Joe Lavin, Johan Mattsson, Klas Dahlbeck, Ludvig Rensfeldt, Mirko Hoefflin, Phillip Danault, Prospect Camp, Prospect tournament, Rob Flick, Training camp
Training camp begins almost a month early this week, and overseas, for a handful of Chicago Blackhawks players.
The Blackhawks have sent seven of their own over to Switzerland this week to participate in the final preseason preparations for Swiss NLA club HC Lugano’s upcoming season.
The players will spend a week in Switzerland training with Lugano.
How did this all come about? Read more
Posted in News and Notes
Tagged Alexei Yashin, Barry Smith, Dylan Olsen, HC Lugano, Jeremy Morin, Jimmy Hayes, John Scott, Marcus Kruger, Mats Hallin, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Scotty Bowman, Training camp, Viktor Stalberg