Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Around the UC:

-McDonough: ''There is a unique mindset and attitude about ex-players, among their peers and the public. It’s almost as though they are royalty, and I admire that. They helped build what we have today.”
NHL.com: The Verdict: Blackhawks, alumni at peace with their pasts

-Keith: “For sure, less can always mean more."
NorthwestHerald: Less is more for Hawks' Keith

-"The Hawks have won two in a row but need a run to shoot up the rankings. Still near the league lead in games played, when the rest of the competition catches up, it could have the Hawks a long way from the playoff picture. "
ESPNChicago: Hawks take drop in Power Rankings

-Sharp: “You get a little more freedom playing on the offensive side of the puck. Jonny always tells to me just to worry about making plays and scoring goals and he’ll take care of the rest."
Sun-Times: Toews lays it on the line

-Coach Q on Kane: "I still think he's able to do a lot off the ice. I think his conditioning is still going to be right for game conditions. It's just a matter until he feels good on the ice. He's not too far away either."
ESPNChicago: Viktor Stalberg ready to return

-"Keith continued singing and spreading good cheer in spite of his misfortune. However, after Keith’s version of “Frosty the Snowman” covered his once-merry companions in saliva, they made him put on his visor and sing “All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth.”"
TheHeckler: Duncan Keith loses dentures while caroling

-Morin: "It's out of my control. I play wherever I'm at. It's a win-win situation. It's two great places to be (Chicago and with Team USA)."
NHL.com: Morin hopping from one dream scenario to another

-Toews: "Every game, I think it's cool to have veterans and people who've served in one way or another (honored). For us to have a chance to meet those people and get a firsthand experience here is pretty awesome."
NHL.com: Blackhawks surprise Marine's family

-"FISHER: I don't think it's possible to over-emphasize the kind of season Toews had. He was slated to be Team Canada's extra forward and ended up being the star. He took every important faceoff, led the team in scoring against the best players in the world and delivered Canada the one medal it wanted the most. Talk about performing under pressure. When Team Canada head coach Mike Babcock was asked who his best player was he said "anyone who plays with Toews." He makes everyone around him better. The same can't be said for Votto."
TorontoSun: Head to Head: Votto vs. Toews

-"To me, and no doubt to many other Canadians who revere the magnitude of the Olympic hockey tournament and the Stanley Cup playoffs, Jonathan Toews had a one-of-a-kind season and deserves to be recognized for what he is."
Slam!Sports: Winnipeg Sun: We voted for Toews

-Toews: "I'm excited to see my little brother [David] for Christmas and have him come down visit in Chicago. I can't imagine how it must feel for a guy like George to come home unexpectedly and have his brothers and sisters almost in tears when he walks into the room. ... It was pretty amazing to see how excited they were."
Sun-Times: Hawks bring home solider to surprise family

-Coach Q: “We’ve improved, and we’ve had a stretch here where all of a sudden we feel better. Winning two in a row certainly helps at home. We’d like to go into this [Christmas] break with some confidence and enjoying a couple days off. It’s an important game for everybody."
Sun-Times: Hawks take it slow with Hossa, Kane

-Stalberg: "It was tough watching two games from the stands. I had a similar thing happen in Toronto last year. I'm just happy it wasn't worse than it was. It's a long year, so it's not the end of the world."
NHL.com: Hawks hope to return to full health after holiday

-Hammer: "In this league all the players are so fast the most important thing for a defenseman is having a good gap and always staying close to force guys to dump the puck and not have too much control of it entering our D-zone. You have to have as good a gap as possible without staying too high where they can just pass it and walk right by you."
ChicagoTribune: Hawks defensemen sticking closer to opponents

-Stalberg: "It was good to be back on the ice and skating with all the guys out there. I'm cleared to play. I'm looking forward to being able to help the team out. They've been playing well. I just want to get back and do my job and hopefully keep this streak going."
ChicagoBreakingSports: Stalberg ready; Hossa, Kane still sidelined

-Toews #2, Kane #5, Keith #1, Seabrook #6
NHL.com: Toews with Crosby, Malkin among forward leaders

-Stalberg: “It’s one of those plays. It was a pretty physical game. They have some big defensemen, and he finished his check on me. .  .  . It happens sometimes.”
Sun-Times: Stalberg back on ice, eager to contribute

-Bickell: "Everybody laughs at me. They're like, 'Oh, you had a horrible practice.' I don't know what to say."
ChicagoTribune: Practice doesn't make perfect for Bickell

-Toews: “That’s the culture and the motive we’re trying to set and instill in this locker room. It hasn’t been an easy first half or first 35 games for anybody. There’s going to be some tough moments still along the way, and if we can keep battling through them knowing what we can do as a team, we’ll be just fine.”
DailyHerald: Hawks have plenty of reasons to be optimistic

-Check out Chris Weibring's Blog, The Blackhawks Graphic Designer: ChrisWeibring.com Interesting stuff!

-The Blackhawks are hosting a blood drive. More information here

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