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Cubs ban fan who used ‘offensive’ hand gesture

Cubs ban indefinitely fan who used 'offensive' hand gesture By Andrew Seligman AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have banned indefinitely from Wrigley Field the fan that used what appeared to be a racist hand gesture behind an African American television reporter during a game at their ballpark. The Cubs sent a letter Wednesday to the bearded man who flashed the offensive sign in back of former Cubs outfielder Doug Glanville, who was working for NBC Sports Chicago on…

AHL: Derek King, Anders Sörensen retained as IceHogs coaches

Staff Report ROCKFORD -- The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have named Derek King head coach of the Rockford IceHogs and that Anders Sörensen received a multi-year contract extension to remain an assistant coach. King, 52, replaced current Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton as interim head coach of the IceHogs on Nov. 6, 2018. He led the team to a 29-28-3-4 record. King was originally named assistant coach of the IceHogs on July 7, 2016 and just completed his third season with…

IceHogs sign Kris Versteeg for 2019-20 season

Staff Report ROCKFORD -- The Rockford IceHogs today announced they have agreed to terms with two-time Stanley Cup champion, forward Kris Versteeg, on a one-year AHL contract that runs through the 2019-20 season. Versteeg, 32, split the 2018-19 campaign between the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and Swedish Hockey League (SHL), combining for 16 points (7g, 9a) in 23 games during the regular season. He began the year with Avangard Omsk before posting a nearly point-per-game average with…

Florida Panthers hire Joel Quenneville as next coach

By Tim Reynolds AP Sports Writer SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Dale Tallon and Joel Quenneville are together again, and the Florida Panthers are ready for them to recreate their magic. Quenneville — who is second on the NHL's all-time victory list — was hired Monday to coach the Panthers, who started their offseason with a splash. It's also a reunion, after Tallon hired Quenneville to coach Chicago in 2008 and wound up watching him win three Stanley Cups there in a six-year span. Tallon wasn't…

AHL: IceHogs announce tryout agreements; Gilbert reassigned from Chicago

Staff Report ROCKFORD -- The Rockford IceHogs have signed two players to tryout agreements while the Blackhawks reassigned defenseman Dennis Gilbert. Forward Philipp Kurashev has been signed to an amateur tryout contract (ATO) and defenseman Dmitry Osipov signed a professional tryout agreement (PTO). Kurashev, 19, just completed his third consecutive season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) with the Quebec Remparts, logging 1.1 points per game with 65 total points (29g,…

Pro Hockey: Blackhawks eliminated from playoffs; IceHogs still alive in AHL race

By Jim Hagerty Reporter CHICAGO -- Colorado’s win over Edmonton Tuesday night officially eliminated the Chicago Blackhawks from the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs, marking the second straight year they've failed to qualify for the postseason. It was a turbulent season for Chicago, one brass was prepared for when Joel Quenneville was replaced by Jeremy Colliton Nov. 6. The 'Hawks were on a five-game losing streak when the coaching change happened. It was also revealed that Quenneville was close…

Chad Krys making immediate impact for Rockford IceHogs

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD -- It's spring time in the American Hockey League, which means junior and college players are getting their first taste of the pro game. For Rockford IceHogs defenseman Chad Krys, it's been more than a whet-your-appetite experience after signing a three-year entry deal with the Blackhawks on March 22. Since joining the IceHogs, he's been plugged into to Rockford power play and has three assists in three games. He certainly has the skill set and hockey IQ…

Blackhawks sign Carl Dahlstrom for two more years

Staff Report CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with defenseman Carl Dahlstrom on a two-year, $1.7 million contract extension that runs through the 2020-21 season. Selected by the Blackhawks in the second round (51st overall) of the 2013 National Hockey League Draft, Dahlstrom has posted six assists and a plus-minus rating of +8 in 35 games with the Blackhawks this season. He has also spent time with the Rockford IceHogs during the 2018-19…

Brendan Perlini scorches former team as Blackhawks down ‘Yotes 7-1

Staff Report CHICAGO -- Brendan Perlini had a record night Monday, logging a hat trick against his former club and Chicago ran away with a 7-1 victory over what had been a surging Arizona team. Chicago outshot the Coyotes 6-0 to begin the game but Arizona's first positive shift turned into a goal. Former Blackhawk Richard Panik put Arizona up 1-0 at 4:27 of the first period on their second shot. Boxscore The scoring goals on former teams theme continued, this time for Perlini.…

Hockey legend Ted Lindsay dies at 93

By Larry Lage and Noah Trister Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Ted Lindsay lived to do what he thought was right. He pioneered the first NHL players' union despite intense opposition from team management, began the tradition of taking the Stanley Cup closer to fans by skating it around the ice and refused to attend his own Hall of Fame induction ceremony because only men were allowed. "I was led by a feeling of fairness," Lindsay once said. Lindsay, the 5-foot-8, 160-pound tough…

Surge continues for IceHogs

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD -- The Rockford IceHogs maintained their hold on the fourth Central Division playoff spot by knocking off two opponents last week to cap their season-long, six-game homestand. It appeared Rockford would be bombed off the ice Saturday before they mounted what looked like an impossible comeback to clip the Iowa Wild 5-4 in a shootout. Down 4-0, Jordan Schroeder got the IceHogs on the board late in the second period. The power-play blast beat Iowa goaltender…

Back-to-back wins spark IceHogs ahead of All-Star break

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - The Rockford IceHogs won back-to-back games this weekend heading into this week's All-Star break. On Friday, the BMO Harris Bank Center crowd exploded with energy in the last two minutes the third period. Down by two goals, the IceHogs scored twice, including Jordan Schroeder’s tying tally with three seconds remaining to send the contest the Manitoba Moose were certain they'd won into overtime. Dylan Sikura gave Rockford life when he potted his…

Collin Delia recalled by Blackhawks, Corey Crawford placed on IR

Staff Report CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks on Monday today that they have recalled goaltender Collin Delia on an emergency basis from the Rockford IceHogs and placed goaltender Corey Crawford on injured reserve retroactive to Dec.16. Among qualified AHL goalies this season, Delia leads the league with a .933 save percentage and shares third with a 2.34 goals-against average in 17 appearances. The Rancho Cucamonga, California native has a record of 7-5-4 and has allowed two goals or…

Pro Hockey: Blackhawks recall Dylan Sikura, Carl Dahlstrom; assign Fortin

Staff Report CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have recalled forward Dylan Sikura and defenseman Carl Dahlstrom from the Rockford IceHogs, assigned forward Alexandre Fortin to Rockford and placed forward Artem Anisimov on injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 9. Sikura, 23, has appeared in 26 games this season with Rockford where he leads the team with 18 points. His nine goals also pace the IceHogs and his nine assists sit second on the team. He signed with the…

Blackhawks trade Nick Schmaltz to Coyotes

By Jay Cohen AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks traded Nick Schmaltz to the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday night for Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini in a swap involving three former first-round picks. Schmaltz is off to a slow start with two goals and nine assists in 23 games, but he is just 22 years old and coming off a breakout season. He was selected by Chicago with the 20th pick in the 2014 draft. "Nick is a dynamic forward with top-line potential," Coyotes general…