Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Around the UC:

Trades, Rumors, Free Agents....

"The name of veteran defenseman Sean O'Donnell has been linked to the Hawks, while shot-blocker Jay McKee could be seen by the Hawks as a possible replacement for Brent Sopel."

Highest chance of returning:"Bryan Bickell Chance of returning: 95%
Simple. The Hawks need him and Joel Quenneville likes him. He played some first-line minutes and can bang with the third-liners. And he’ll come cheap. "
Lowest chance of returning:"Kim Johnsson Chance of returning: 0% No explanation needed."

Coach Q: “Buff was a great tool for us. He was a big factor in the last three series. He dominated some playoff games like few guys can.”

-The Fourth Period: Hawks won't have busy summer
"The Hawks are also believed to be in the market for a veteran defenseman, with the likes of Sean O'Donnell, Garnet Exelby and Jay McKee being linked as possibilities to replace Brent Sopel, who was also dealt to the Thrashers."

More of Sopel at the Pride Parade...

Sopel: “One of my first thoughts after winning the Cup was in remembering the people that have helped me and supported me in my career. I thought a good way to pay respect to Brian and Brendan would be to have the Cup in the Pride Parade."

The players days with the Cup...

"Nokomis will play host to Lord Stanley' Cup this Canada Day. Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Jordan Hendry is bringing the coveted cup to his hometown, where a celebration is being planned at the Nokomis Recreation Centre. Fans will have the opportunity to get their picture taken with Hendry and the cup from 6-9 p.m."

"The mayor announced Monday night that Boynton will have the Cup, which the Blackhawks won earlier this month, at the Dr. William Laceby Nobleton Arena July 9 from 2 to 5 p.m."

Congress and the Hawks...

"Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to formally acknowledge and honor the Hawks' accomplishment this season. Backed by the Illinois representatives, a measure was introduced today by democrat Mike Quigley of Chicago to celebrate the Hawks' victory."

"Rooney "was born and raised in Philadelphia, and he felt obligated as a native Philadelphian to vote 'no' on the Chicago Blackhawks resolution," said Brian Crawford, his chief of staff."

More from Canada Celebrates...

Toews: “What happened in Chicago was unbelievable. Not just in hockey, but in sports. Not just the parade but the bars and restaurants as we went around Chicago.”

Toews on having his Cup ring and gold medal ring: "I'll have to trade off nights I guess."


-WinnipegFreePress: NHL stars unite for cause
-HeraldArgus: A dream realized

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