Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Marty Turco's Press Conference:

Around the UC:

- Marty Turco's press conference at the United Center was held earlier today. He officially put on the indian sweater and was welcomed to the Blackhawks. There was no better way to welcome him to the team than giving him his first montage:
Check the Blackhawks Website later for the full press conference!

-Before the press conference Turco stopped by the Danny Mac Show. You can listen here. Also, don't forget to tune into Chicago Tribune Live to see more of Turco!

-Hockey Hall of Fame's Stanley Cup Journal was updated with Hjalmarsson's and Huet's day.

-Mike Haviland went fist pumping with Stanley on the Jersey Shore: "It's so surreal. I never thought it'd be this overwhelming … just the outpour of people. It has been crazy. Maybe I didn't understand the magnitude of New Jersey, but the people here are hockey fans. It's amazing to see."

-Bauer Hockey followed Kane around during his day with the Cup. You can watch the video here.

-The Blackhawks have officially signed Brandon Pirri to a three year contract. (source)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Blackhawks Night Photos

The Blackhawks Website has added photos from Blackhawks Night at the Cell.
You can see many more awesome photos like the one above here.
Except they totally had to ruin it by having Joe Girardi in the first photo.

They've also added one more video from the night:
Sights and Sounds

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Blackhawks Night at the Cell

To quote Miley Cyrus, it was the "best of both worlds" Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Coach Q came out to the Southside to throw out the first pitch before the White Sox vs Yankees game. He sported a Blackhawks baseball jersey with Coach on the back and Q as the number. He also brought along a friend, Stanley. They weren't alone either. All four major trophies made an appearance last night: Stanley Cup, World Series Trophy, Super Bowl Trophy, and Larry O'Brien Trophy. All trophies have been won over the last 25 years in Chicago. That's quite the accomplishment, especially since the Bulls won six. I'm thinking their roommate at the United Center should follow in their footsteps.

The Blackhawks must of brought some luck to the Sox, they ended up beating the Yankees 9-4. Or the Yankees were just intimidated by all the winners on the field before hand.

As far as I know no Blackhawks players were on hand, which is a little disappointing considering half of the team would show up at past Blackhawks Nights. However, the whole night was made perfect by Hawk and Stone, who traded in their Tommy Bahama for full hockey gear. The gloves, the helmet, and the jersey. They went all the way, it was awesome.

Blackhawks TV caught everything on camera:

Coach Q interview


First pitch


One of the most special moments of the night came when Jim Cornelison sang the national anthem. Blackhawks style, of course. It was quite the scene with his hand to the flag as the trophies stood in front of him and the crowd cheered in the background. Plus, it was at the Cell.

Ozzie: "To me, I feel good about the Blackhawks because that's the last one. To bring the trophies of the Bulls, they're going to need a truck. I think it's a great thing to see, a great thing to have."

Konerko: “The anthem was great; that was pretty cool. And it’s always a little different atmosphere when the Yankees are in town. The guys responded well.”
Ozzie: “I’ve been wearing this uniform for a long time and I never remember, even in the World Series, the playoffs, the last game with the Minnesota Twins, that people got so pumped up over the National Anthem. That was special. Seeing the people get that into the game, that was outstanding. If you don’t get motivated by that, you can’t get ready for any game. It was great.”
Pierzynski: “I think the trophies were probably the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time to have all four of them here. To see them all together was cool. It was a fun game, great, and a big excited crowd.”

Wondering why the Cubs weren't represented? Well, it was a night for winners.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Around the UC:

-The Hockey Hall of Fame's Stanley Cup Journal has been updated with Coach Q, Kopecky, and Hossa.

-This is by far the most impressive article about where the Stanley Cup has been: Where in the world is the Stanley Cup? Well, so far... Great work by Hockey Broad.

-Keeping with the Stanley Cup theme: Chicago Tribune's photo blog, Shooting from the hip, has some gorgeous candid shots of the Cup, players, and the keepers. (scroll down)

-The Hawks will have five games on NBC this season: 1/23, 2/20, 5/13, 4/3, and 4/10. I think you all know what this means... http://bit.ly/bfYddU
NBC schedule here
Versus schedule here

-The Hawks have updated their site completely dedicated to Blackhawks History. You can look back into the past here.

-On Aug, 31st, the Hawks will introduce goalie Marty Turco with a press conference. Blackhawks TV will be live streaming starting at 2:30. (source)

-Don't forget tomorrow the two best things in the world will collide! Blackhawks Day at the Cell!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New Videos:

A Classic battle between Toews and Kane:

Team Toews all the way.

Zach Parise and other NHL players take batting practice with the Twins:

Source: NHL.com

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Dog Days of Summer

It's hot, humid, and hockey-less.

Blackhawks news has almost been nonexistent lately.
August is slowly moving along, while we wait for October.
I long for the days of bitter Chicago cold and daily Hawks games.
Don't get me wrong, Baseball is right up there with Hockey and the White Sox battle for first will become interesting once September arrives.
But I want Hockey and I want the Hawks too.
Don't even get me started on all this football talk. Makes me sick.
We get it Favre you don't like going to training camp, just admit it.

Here's a few tidbits to tide you over.
And when I mean tide you over, I mean for only a few minutes.

This past week the final stretch of summer has begun, it's been hard.
(Damn you Columbia for starting so late!)
To make matters worse, I received a text from a friend at ISU. It was a photo of the Cup.
Vice president of business operations, Jay Blunk brought the Cup down to Normal.

Imagine having a brother who's the Captain of a Hockey team and receives every award under the sun. The bad part is that you're also a hockey player and you want some attention too.
This is usually how it goes for many athletes or any famous siblings.
This particular story is about David and Jonathan Toews.
"I'd love to play against him, and be competitive with him again. Just playing for those bragging rights. The backyard was one thing, but on that (NHL) level it would be a dream come true."
"We've always been competitive, whether it is playing golf or hockey together. I don't want my little brother to get the best of me, but I know we'll both be very proud of each other when we get the chance to play each other at that level."
Read more on their on ice rivalry:

An oldie but a goodie:
Last month Bon Jovi performed at Solider Field and showed support for the Hawks.
I'm not sure if there is anything more epic than mixing 'Livin on a Prayer' with the Hawks.

Beach and Coach Haviland made use of their summers by helping out with Habitat for Humanity:
See, Beach isn't all bad.

This is fun:

There has been an uproar in Huet world.
Rumors have started that he will sign a contract with a Swiss league team:

This is a first...

Friday, August 20, 2010

Around the UC:

-The Cup continued it's summer tour from Madison with Bur to the Illinois State Fair with Rocky. Chicago Tribune: Stanley Cup hits the Fair

The Cup also visited with the Military in Springfield:

-The last of Burish's day with Stanley:
One last video, a mash up of jealous photos and kisses with Stanley: watch here

-Quotes of the Day: He may be Captain Serious but he can crack a joke or two.
Toews on Kane being stuck in the fire engine: "It serves him right. They should have left him up there all day."
Kane's response: "He's just mad my two days with the Cup were better than his."
(source: Toews closely following Cup's travels. Headline is a little creepy...)

-Speaking of Toews, Canadian Tire has partnered with the NHL for the Official Sporting Goods Retailer of the NHL in Canada. When you're looking for a spokesperson, I don't think you can find anyone better than Jonathan Toews. And that's exactly who Canadian Tire picked. (source)

"@drosennhl Toews' 1st pair of skates was purchased @ a Canadian Tire store when he was 2 1/2 yo. This partnership is personal for him."

For more on Toews and his new deal: The Globe and Mail: Toews anxious for return

-The Hawks once again appeared on TMZ: Stanley Cup rides shotgun on Road Trip *shakes head* That's the last place the Hawks and Stanley should be appearing.

-Now you should head over to the Blackhawks Website to watch the best of Seabrook's 09-10 season. You can get all teary eyed and proud by watching some of his overtime winners.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Around the UC:

-Bring on the Lady Gaga jokes. Fernando Pisani has signed a one year deal with the Hawks for $500,000. (source)

A little history on Fernando:

He can score goals

He can score in a shootout

He can teach how to score goals

He can do commercials

He's Italian

Lastly, there is an unlimited amount of jokes to be made about him by referring to ABBA and Lady Gaga

-More from Burish's day with the Cup:"Any time you win a championship, you have a close bond with all those guys. Then, they break it up and it's hard. I've played four years in Chicago and I loved it there, it's close to home, my family could come a lot. It's hard to leave."

His pep talk with Wisconsin Football team:

WisconsinBadgers: Burish and Stanley Cup

-Someone once said, "You can never have enough Seabrook autographs." I completely agree with this statement, which is why i'll be at Flatlander's Restaurant and Brewery September 15th. It happens to be a hop and a skip away, so why not? Seabs will start signing at 7:30 pm and end at 8:30 pm. It costs $50 dollars and there is limited tickets, so calling in advance is recommended. (source)

Burish and Stanley in Madison:

Burish took the Cup around Madison, WI. for stops at the golf course, Blackhawk Country Club, and Badger Football practice (included a pep talk). His date with Stanley doesn't end yet. Today, they will make an appearance at the Kohl Center from 10am to noon, which is open to the public. The last stop will be the Kollege Klub, which is open for anyone over 21.


You can listen to Burish on the radio here.


-NorthwestHerald: Burish brings the Cup

Around the UC:

-The Chicago Tribune has added more photos of Buff's day (here) including one of him in a Thrashers' jersey:

-Deadspin.com has collected various drunk moments of Patrick Kane, but the real issue isn't he's drunk it's the fact he's wearing Crocs:
Now if anyone needed a talking to about something it would be about wearing Crocs in a bar or anywhere for that matter. (no offense)

-Coach Q sat down with Lyons Suburban Life for a little Q&A:

"Are you looking forward to next year?
Absolutely. There are no easy games to begin with and you see how competitive the Western Conference is. We can’t be satisfied with what we achieved. That should help us be motivated to be the best we can be and a lot of the freshness of this team will help get us there."

Read the whole interview here.

-The Cup will be in Springfield this weekend with Rocky: The State Journal: Wirtz to bring Stanley to Springfield

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Stanley in Minnesota with Big Buff

"I never want to be the center of attention. I want to be the kid on the outside, the one everyone knows, but not in the spotlight."

StarTribune: Stanley Cup comes to hockey hotbed Roseau (read the article and watch the video)

Big Buff crying really pulls at the heart strings.


(source: chicago tribune)

You can also check out more photos here:

I came across this video and thought it fit perfectly with his day. Great look at Big Buff's story:

Don't forget Hawks' tickets go on sale tomorrow!!!!

Kane and Stanley at the Jimmy Buffett Concert:

I've come to realize, from the parade, the convention and now this, that there is nothing better than Kane's dancing.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Around the UC:

-Kane was caught. His mom walked in on him. It was awkward. What exactly was he doing? You won't believe this one but Kane is always full of surprises:

"Ohhhh. She would throw me under the bus like that. I watched the first three movies and was really interested … so I decided to read the fourth book. I kind of snuck it in there, and she walked in a couple of times with me reading the book. I tried to hide it, but it wasn't happening."

He was caught reading Breaking Dawn, the fourth book in the Twilight saga. I really don't even know what to say about this. Personally, I think it's awesome. You can read the rest of the article here: ChicagoTribune: Kane trying to get a read on growing up

-Continuing with Kane, today was Day 2 of his time with Stanley. He got Stanley a little dirty today by filling it with Buffalo wings:

Before heading back to Chicago, he made a stop at the cemetery to visit relatives' graves. Kane and Stanley are in Chicago at Toyota Park. According to @adamjahns, Kane will sing a song on stage with the Cup at the Jimmy Buffett concert. Yes, sing.

Chicago Tribune has the first photos from the concert. Haven't heard him sing yet but I have a feeling it's going to be a tough race on what's worse: his shirt or his singing?

-Well, I hope you haven't had enough of Kane yet because I'm gonna keep going. Patrick Kane at Great Skate Summer Sale (source):

-The Cup will now head north to Minnesota. Big Buff will have his date with Stanley tomorrow.

More from Kane and the Cup:

Blackhawks TV captured the whole day in videos:

The Party

Floor Hockey

Construction Site (the dad part is so sweet)

Kane's mom talks Niagara Falls

CSN also recaps the day here: Kane brings Stanley Cup to Niagara Falls

Friday, August 13, 2010

Kane and the Cup keep it classy

During Kane's day, neither him or the Cup were filled with alcohol (that we know of). Instead they warmed the hearts of Buffalo.

The day started with a photo op, Kane holding the Cup above his head with Niagara Falls in the background. The finishing touch was the HurriKane sign:
See more photos of his trip to Niagara Falls here

Mixing Kane, the Cup, and Niagara Falls with Friday the 13th is scary enough. But the real scare came when Kane was stuck on the ladder of a fire truck. He eventually came down, no worries:
(source: @drosennhl)

The 'aww' factor came when Kane visited the patients at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Basically all of the stories that came from the visit were definitely tearjerker worthy:
"It's crazy, man. Sometimes you go through tough days in life and you think the world is falling down on your shoulders, then you come here and it just makes it unbelievable. It's really hard not to get emotional. I thought it was really tough, especially kids walking around with their heads on their shoulders -- then they smile from ear to ear [when they see the Cup]. It's really crazy to see, but I'm really happy I came here." (source)
New Era and Bauer made a Patrick kane hat with the letters PK on it. The kids at Roswell Park Cancer Institute received them:
(source: @adamjahns)

More photos:
(Gorgeous photo. Talk about perfect lighting.)

(My favorite photo. There's just something about it.)

See more photos from the Chicago Tribune here



The Stanley Cup tour blog was updated throughout the day, read here.

As day turns into night, Kane is throwing a private party with the Cup. Campbell and Bowman are suppose to be in attendance.

On that note, Kane handled his day with class. As for tonight, that has yet to be determined.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Around the UC:

-It's that time of year, Hawks tickets go on sale. I have a feeling it won't be easy this year. Tickets will only be available through Ticketmaster and I'm sure they'll find a way to screw you over. Tickets go on sale on Monday, August 16th at 10 am and when they mean 10 am, they mean 10 am! Opening day will be the first to go as always. Something tells me that the game vs the Thrashers will go quickly this year as well. Check out all the details and pricing here.

-Kane is next on the list to receive the Cup and his day comes today. One of the stops will include, Niagara Falls. Let's hope the Cup doesn't fall in:

-After Kane's day, the Cup comes to the Midwest for Big Buff. His day will take place in Roseau, Minnesota on Sunday. Read about all the details here:

-For those of us in Chicago, Burish's day will be close enough for a small road trip. Very tempting. Burish and the Cup will be in Madison, WI on August 18th:

-More Cup coverage:
Hockey Hall of Fame has updated their Stanley Cup Journal: Ladd, Eager, and Campbell.
Chicago Tribune has also updated their photo gallery with photos from Niemi, Hammer, and Huet's days. Check them out here.
Don't forget to follow NHL.com's Stanley Cup tour blog, which will be updated during Kane's day here.

-It's official Andrew Ladd gets the award for coolest photos with the Cup.
Here's just a few of the amazing photos Fuller Edge Photography took of Ladd and the Cup:

You really NEED to check out the rest of the photos here

-Toews, Kane, and other NHL stars pick their Ultimate Hockey Team. Surprising, Toews brings the snark and the cockiness. Kane, on the other hand, doesn't even pick himself. Something they both agree on is Keith:

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Boynton Re-signs with the Hawks

According to Cap Geek, Boynton took one for the team by signing for $500,00 (minimum). He took a significant pay cut, he earned $1,500,000 last season.

Hjamlarsson's Day with the Cup:

"It's amazing to see everybody's pure happiness for me, there's no jealousy, they really mean it when they say they're happy for me."

I thought about just posting this photo and that's it.
It looks like it pretty much sums up his whole day.

Other photos that aren't quite as enthusiastic:

For Hjalmarsson, it wasn't just a day for him. It was for the whole village too:

Hammer's Dad:
"But now I truly understand that it's true. And this Cup fest here is unbelievable. Everybody in the village has worked for it, voluntarily, without wanting anything back, just out of the goodness of their hearts."

"He was celebrated, interviewed, and sung to. He got the minutes of the town council meeting from the morning where they promised to arrange ice for Niklas Hjalmarsson Hockey School in 2011. A Niklas Hjalmarsson Hockey Stipend will be founded. And when the new head coach of Team Sweden, Par Marts, asked him what he would say to an invitation to the World Championships (provided he's healthy and not in the middle of another Stanley Cup run), Hjalmarsson said, "ja, tack" -- yes, thank you -- evoking big cheers from the crowd."

You can read about the anticipation for the Cup coming to the village here: Hjalmarsson's hometown ready for Cup visit

Hammer receiving the Cup:

You can watch Hjalmarsson's whole day at NHL.com VideoCenter (click the just added button)

Also, a quick video of Huet and the Cup at the Eiffel Tower:

Monday, August 9, 2010

Things I've missed while gone...

-Things I've missed while gone, Huet greasing up his hair and being all French with the Cup:

Everything is in French, so I'm not really sure how his day went.

NHL.com translates his day for us with videos.

Huet gets a banner:

This video has a pretty background and he's wearing Abercrombie & Fitch

Huet's old rink:

Family photos with the Cup:

Huet also brought the Cup to the Eiffel Tower, which you can read about here

A Fan's experience of Huet's day: Second City Hockey: La Coupe Stanley en Grenoble

-Things I've missed while gone, Kopecky and Hossa acting ridiculously in love during their day with the Cup:

If this isn't love, I don't know what is.

(source: Chicago Tribune)

Hossa's street hockey game:

Hossa's dinner with the Cup:

Hossa gets a wooden statue of himself:

Hossa and Kopecky with Falcons:

Hossa and Kopecky bring the Cup home:

Check out a ton more videos of Hossa and Kopecky's Day at Blackhawks TV

-Things I've missed while gone, Hendry signed with the Hawks for $6oo,ooo. (source)

-Things I've missed while gone, Madden will be attending a Christmas sweater party everyday this season. He signed with the Minnesota Wild. (source)

-Things I've missed while gone, Chelios singing "Take me out to the ballgame" in honor of Bob Probert:
Chelios has also retired. (source)

-Things I've missed while gone, Jack Skille has a Twitter. Jack Skille doesn't have a Twitter. (skille20)