Sunday, June 27, 2010

Around the UC: Class Act

-Sopel brought the Cup to the Gay Pride Parade today. He supported Brendan Burke (son of Brian Burke) by wearing a patch on his jersey with BB on it:

"Anybody who has had to bury a child has suffered a heartbreak and this was the first thing that came to mind. Everything that happened last year with Brendan coming out last year and dying three months later, it was a tragedy."

Burke: "Our entire family is touched by the kindness of Brent and Kelly Sopel, and that of the Blackhawks."
"This is not a small step -- it's a bold and important one. We are grateful that a statement of this magnitude is being made by the Sopels, the Blackhawks and the National Hockey League."

More from Sopel on the Burke's: Anyone who buries his son is heartbroken. It should never happen. It’s in their honor that I’m participating.”

Sopel: “Chicago has brought me great memories and I hope to one day be playing again for the Blackhawks. After my career is done, I’ll be staying here.”

Sopel: “We raise our kids to believe that everyone is equal. Everyone is a person, regardless of race, color or religion.”

Hockey Broad got some great photos at the parade that you can see here

-On the other side of things, Ladd received a qualifying offer today:

Hammer along with Niemi have also received offers:

Hendry is the only one who hasn't gotten one yet but it sounds like the Hawks will resigned him anyways.

-Kane recently traded in his skates for some basketball sneakers and high ankle socks:

Kane showed off his moves for the Gus Macker three on three tournament in his hometown of Buffalo: "It's good to be back home. I can just relax and chill and have some fun doing things like this."

Read more about the tournament here: The Buffalo News: See ya, Stanley; hello, Gus

-Big Buff made possibly one of his last Chicago appearances last night at the Cubs/Sox game. He received a standing ovation when he was shown on the jumbotron:

"Former Blackhawks player Dustin Byfuglien got a loud ovation when he was shown on the scoreboard after the sixth inning."(source)

Extremely weird seeing the word former in front of his name.

-Puck Daddy posted possibly one of their best articles ever: The 10 most awkward NHL Draft rookie glamour shots
To be honest I can't pick, which one is the most awkward. They all have their own uniqueness. Unfortunately, no Hawks made the cut, not even Kevin Hayes, who put in some great effort:

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