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NHL: Blackhawks deal Darren Raddysh to Rangers

Staff Report CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks have traded prospect defenseman Darren Raddysh to the New York Rangers in exchange for forward Peter Holland. Holland, 28, has skated in 52 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL this season, notching team-highs in goals (20), assists (29) and points (49) as an alternate captain. His 49 points share sixth in the AHL this season. The Toronto, Ontario, native was drafted with the 15th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft by Anaheim and…

NHL: Blackhawks drop 8th straight

The Associated Press WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Kyle Connor scored twice and the Winnipeg Jets beat Chicago 6-3 on Tuesday night to give the Blackhawks their eighth straight loss. Mark Scheifele and Tyler Myers each had a goal and assist, Mathieu Perreault scored and Brandon Tanev added an empty-net goal for Winnipeg (19-9-2). Dustin Byfuglien had three assists. Laurent Brossoit played his eighth game (seventh start) for the Jets and made 32 saves. Dylan Strome, Dominik Kahun and Alex…

NHL: Blackhawks send Gustav Forsling to IceHogs

Staff Report CHICAGO - The Chicago Blackhawks announced Monday that they have assigned defenseman Gustav Forsling to the Rockford IceHogs. Forsling, 22, appeared in 41 games for the Blackhawks last season recording 13 points (3G, 10A). He also skated in 18 regular-season games with Rockford, notching five points (2G, 3A), and 13 playoff games with the IceHogs, tallying five points (1G, 4A). The defenseman missed all of training camp while recovering from wrist surgery and has yet to…

NHL: Blackhawks activate Corey Crawford, assign Luke Johnson to Rockford

Staff Report CHICAGO - The Chicago Blackhawks announced Thursday that they have activated goaltender Corey Crawford from injured reserve and assigned forward Luke Johnson to the Rockford IceHogs. Before suffering a concussion, Crawford appeared in 28 games for the Blackhawks last season, posting a 16-9-2 record with a 2.27 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage. In 409 career NHL games with Chicago, he has recorded a 230-124-45 mark with a 2.37 GAA and a .919 save percentage.…

NHL: Blackhawks recall Alexandre Fortin from Rockford

Staff Report ROCKFORD - The Chicago Blackhawks announced Tuesday that they have recalled forward Alexandre Fortin from the Rockford IceHogs. Fortin, 21, has skated in two games with the IceHogs this season, firing four shots on goal during the team’s season-opening road trip at the Cleveland Monsters. The Blainville, Quebec native made his professional debut with Rockford in 2017-18 and logged 21 points (4g, 17a), 22 penalty minutes and 92 shots on goal in 53 regular-season games. He…

NHL: A look at the Blackhawks’ opening night roster

Staff Report CHICAGO - The Chicago Blackhawks announced their opening-night roster for the 2018-19 season. Five players who saw action for the Rockford IceHogs last season are active for tonight's regular-season opener against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. The roster includes 22 players: 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders. Forwards Artem Anisimov, Alex DeBrincat, John Hayden*, Luke Johnson*, Dominik Kahun, David Kampf*, Patrick Kane, Marcus Kruger,…

NHL: Blackhawks ship Tanner Kero to Vancouver

By Jim Hagerty Reporter CHICAGO - The Chicago Blackhawks have traded Tanner Kero to the Vancouver Canucks, the team announced Sunday. In exchange for Kero, who emerged as the top offensive player for the Rockford IceHogs during the 2015-16 season, Chicago will get 26-year-old forward Michael Chaput. Kero went undrafted out of Michigan Tech University and signed a two-year contract with the Blackhawks on April 2, 2015. He skated in six regular-season games and six in the 2015 Calder Cup…

NHL Trade Deadline. Blackhawks send Ryan Hartman to Preds, assign Bouma

Hartman tallied 57 points (27G, 30A) in 141 career games with the Blackhawks, spanning four seasons (2014-18). He also skated in four Stanley Cup playoff games during the 2017 postseason. The West Dundee native was Chicago's first-round pick (30th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.

Rockford IceHogs announce 2019-20 team awards

Staff Report ROCKFORD - The Rockford IceHogs announced Wednesday the recipients of the organization’s annual tam awards for the 2019-20 season. Most Valuable Player & Rookie of the Year: Brandon Hagel After sample of professional action at the end of the 2018-19 season (eight games, one assist) with the IceHogs, rookie Brandon Hagel became a scoring force in the Forest City during the 2019-20 campaign, earning him the team’s Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year awards. This…

IceHogs defenseman T.J. Brennan joins fans for Facebook Q&A

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Rockford IceHogs defenseman T.J.Brennan will join fans at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 21, for a live question-and-answer session on the Rockford IceHogs Facebook Fan Page. Brennan returned to the IceHogs organization in a trade between the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers on Feb. 24 and picked up three assists in six games with the IceHogs before the season was postponed. He first spent time with the IceHogs during the 2014-15 season when he contributed…

Former Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg announces retirement

Staff Report TORONTO - Former IceHogs and Blackhawks forward, two-time Stanley Cup champion Kris Versteeg, on Tuesday announced his retirement from professional hockey after appearing in 11 NHL seasons. Versteeg amassed 358 points (149 goals, 209 assists) in 643 regular-season games and 48 points over 93 playoff games (18 goals, 30 assists) during his NHL career. “What a run it was," Versteeg said in a statement. "A kid from North Lethbridge who played on the streets every day, dreaming…

Sports marketing: Coronavirus shutdown presents challenges for teams, sponsors

By Jay Cohen AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — There are no sponsored power plays at the moment. No doughnut races in the fourth quarter. No calls to the bullpen presented by phone companies. Amid the coronavirus shutdown, sports business executives are having tough conversations about lucrative advertising and marketing contracts with no games on the horizon. Everyone involved knows the relative insignificance of the talks in the greater scheme of things, but billions of dollars are…

Coronavirus shutters Wimbledon for 1st time since World War II

By Howard Fendrich AP Tennis Writer For the first time in its nearly century-and-a-half history, Wimbledon was canceled for a reason other than war, scrapped in 2020 on Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic. With Britain under a nationwide lockdown, the All England Club announced its decision to call off its storied two-week grass-court tennis tournament, something that hadn't happened to the sport's oldest Grand Slam event in 75 years. "It has weighed heavily on our minds that…

CDC: COVID-19 crowd restrictions should last 8 weeks

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer The already-delayed professional sports seasons in North America could be on hiatus for significantly longer than first planned after federal officials said Sunday that they recommend all in-person events involving 50 people or more be called off for the next eight weeks. That's twice as long as the 30-day shutdowns that the NBA, NHL and Major League Soccer decided to put into place last week in response to the global coronavirus pandemic that has…

Blackhawks trade Gustafsson, Lehner

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - The Chicago Blackhawks made three roster moves before Monday's 2 p.m. NHL trade deadline. The fist trade sends Erik Gustafsson to the Calgary Flames in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. Gustafsson recorded 26 points (6G, 20A) in 59 games with the Blackhawks this season. In 214 career games with Chicago, the defenseman tallied 116 points (28G, 88A). Gustafsson also skated with the Rockford IceHogs during his time with…