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Blackhawks are built to win — and are expecting the same

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Duncan Keith can remember walking into a training camp without this feeling — this sense of, well, not invincibility, but something close to it. Early in his career, in the middle of the Blackhawks’ lost decade, it would have been laughable …Read More

 

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  • Goalie Michael Leighton signs 1-year deal with Blackhawks

    When Michael Leighton first walks into a Blackhawks dressing room next month and sees Patrick Kane, it’s not as if he’s going to break down and start sobbing on the spot. He is, however, expecting to hear once or twice about Kane’s Stanley Cup-winning goal …Read More

  • Hawks 2010 first-round pick Kevin Hayes becomes free agent

    As expected, Kevin Hayes, the Blackhawks’ first-round draft pick (No. 24 overall) in 2010, didn’t sign with the team Friday, making him an ­unrestricted free agent. The Hawks will receive the 54th pick in the 2015 NHL draft as ­compensation. “We offered Kevin what we …Read More

  • Blackhawks to stop playing ‘The Stripper’ during Shoot the Puck

    “The Stripper” is no more. Blackhawks president John McDonough told the Sun-Times on Wednesday that the long-standing — and to so many, infuriating — practice of organist Frank Pellico playing “The Stripper” while a woman participated in the second-intermission “Shoot the Puck” promotion will stop …Read More

  • Brad Richards hopes for a smooth transition with Hawks

    Brad Richards’ first taste of life with the Blackhawks was opening night of the fan convention Friday at the Hilton Chicago, with some 10,000 fans lining up just for a glimpse and an autograph. So the last thing he was thinking about was whether he …Read More

  • Johnny Oduya suffered broken foot in finale vs. Kings

    Defenseman Johnny Oduya showed up at the Blackhawks’ fan convention Friday at the Hilton Chicago sporting a thick beard and shaved temples. It was almost enough to distract people from noticing the walking boot on his right foot. ‘‘See? That’s smart,’’ he said. ‘‘That’s why …Read More

  • As convention opens, Hawks know they must move at least one player

    The speculation over which player (or players) would get traded this summer to get the Blackhawks under the $69 million salary cap reached a fever pitch at the NHL draft late last month. Every time general manager Stan Bowman picked up the phone or stood …Read More

  • Blackhawks top pick Nick Schmaltz comfortable with faster pro pace

    For Nick Schmaltz, the idea of being the Blackhawks’ 2014 first-round draft pick sunk in slowly during the organization’s prospect camp this week. It helped that he donned the Hawks sweater when the week began. By Thursday, essentially the last day of full practices, nerves …Read More

  • Toews, Kane are heartwarming exceptions in an age with few allegiances

    This is the way it’s supposed to be, in a perfect world, a world that doesn’t exist anymore. A team dearly wants its best players to remain on the roster, those players dearly want to remain on the roster and what everyone dearly wants comes …Read More

  • Kane, Toews contracts keep Blackhawks strong and flexible

    Go ahead. Pick one. Are you going to take Jonathan Toews — the leader, the captain, the indispensable and quintessential two-way center? Captain Serious, the guy many consider to be one of the two best hockey players in the world? Or are you going to …Read More

  • Blackhawks prospect Adam Clendening eager for chance at NHL

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    Adam Clendening is one of a few defensemen at the Blackhawks’ prospect camp this week knocking on the door of an NHL career. But the 21-year-old ­expressed confidence that he was ready for a team to answer his knock. “I’ve played two years in the …

    Blackhawks look at college players more than most teams

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    With a talented group of players in their prime, the Blackhawks don’t have many of the roster concerns teams looking to build a Stanley Cup contender have.

    The organization is already there, so it can afford to invest time — the most crucial element of …

  • Stephen Johns brings experience to Blackhawks’ prospect camp

    Defenseman Stephen Johns got a chuckle out of being reminded that this marks the fifth time he’s attended the Blackhawks’ prospect camp. The 60th overall pick in the 2010 NHL draft spent four college seasons at Notre Dame resisting the lure of the pro game, …Read More