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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…

NHL approves 24-team playoff format; no guarantee games will resume

By Stephen When and John Wawrow AP Hockey Writers NEW YORK - The NHL will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams instead of 16 — if it is able to resume play. The decision, announced Tuesday by Commissioner Gary Bettman, is no guarantee that games are coming back. The NHL and the NHL Players' Association must still figure out health and safety protocols and solve other issues. "This is a meaningful start, I think, but it's only a start,"…

NHL players compete in live charity Fortnite tournament

Staff Report TORONTO - The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) is proud announced Friday live charity Fornite tournament. The NHLPA Open featuring Fornite was created by Colorado Avalanche forward J.T. Compher and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman. It will feature more than 60 NHL players, each representing his city. Players will compete in trios. The three-hour event will be streamed from 1-4 p.m. (Central Time), Monday, May 18, on Twitch.tv/espnesports. The…

Pro Hockey: AHL cancels rest of 2019-20 season, Calder Cup Playoffs

Staff Report SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The president of the American Hockey League, on Monday, announced that the league's Board of Governors has voted to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 regular season and the 2020 Calder Cup Playoffs because of the ongoing coronavirus crisis. “After a lengthy review process, the American Hockey League has determined that the resumption and completion of the 2019-20 season is not feasible in light of current conditions," AHL President and CEO David Andrews…

NHL brass positive about restart, ‘Return to Play Committee’ formed

Staff Report NEW YORK - National Hockey League executives said Thursday that talks with owners and the NHL Players' Association about resuming the season have been positive. The league has been on pause since March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus but there is now light at the end of what was once a long, uncertain tunnel. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said he speaks to NHLPA executive director Don Fehr regularly and the pair has formed the "Return to Play Committee" that…

NHL: Blackhawks fire John McDonough

Staff Report CHICAGO - Chicago Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz announced Monday that the team has released John McDonough from his role as president and CEO of the organization. McDonough was hired as president of the team in 2007. In 2011, the role of CEO was added to his title. "Thirteen years ago, I recruited John to the Blackhawks because of his leadership, direction and vision. John brought all of that to the table and more. His contributions went well beyond leading the team to…

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…

Coronavirus: NHL suspends season

Staff Report NEW YORK - The NHL will pause the 2019-20 regular season due to the concerns of the coronavirus, the league announced Thursday. The NHL has 189 games remaining, including 10 scheduled for Thursday. The regular season was scheduled to end April 4, with the Stanley Cup Playoffs starting the week of April 6. "In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the…

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…

Do you believe in miracles?: Athletes recall 1980 Winter Olympics

By John Kekis AP Sports Writer  Scott Hamilton gets goosebumps at the mention of Lake Placid.  He was a 21-year-old Olympic newcomer and sitting in a darkened theater when he felt a tap on his shoulder. "Halfway through the movie I get pulled out by our team captains," the figure skating great recalled. "They tried to make me think that I was being thrown out of the Olympics. Then they broke the news. I remember I was shaking so badly that when we went back to the Olympic Village…

IceHogs top Grand Rapids on road

Staff Report GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Chad Krys notched his first professional goal late in the third and Ben Youds and Joseph Cramarossa each scored in the shootout to lift the Rockford IceHogs over the Grand Rapids Griffins 2-1 at Van Andel Arena Wednesday. With 7:27 remaining in regulation and the IceHogs down by a goal, John Quenneville entered the zone and backhanded a shot from the right-hand boards that rimmed around to the left wall. Pinching down from the point, Krys shoveled the…

IceHogs still in playoff position despite 3-game skid

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - The Rockford IceHogs hit the halfway point o the 2019-2020 season this week and were in are sitting in for fourth place in the Central Division. "We're sticking together," coach Derek King said of his club that's been depleted because of NHL call-ups and injuries. "We are working hard. And if you work hard, good things will happen. And they've been happening for us." Before Tuesday's 4-1 loss to Milwaukee, the IceHogs had dropped two straight to the…

IceHogs ‘rebuild’, seek first win of 2020

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - It seems like late September around the BMO Harris Bank Center these days. That's because between NHL call-ups and injuries, the Rockford IceHogs are now building their roster, something teams do at the beginning of a season, not halfway through it. Rockford is currently without forwards John Quenneville, Dylan Sikura, and Matthew Highmore; defensemen Adam Boqvist and Dennis Gilbert and goaltender Kevin Lakinen--six guys the Blackhawks have recalled…

AHL: Kevin Lankinen sets save record, IceHogs outlast top-ranked Milwaukee

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Kevin Lankinen set an IceHogs AHL goaltending record for the most saves in a single game by turning aside 55 shots in Rockford’s 2-1 overtime victory against the Milwaukee Admirals Tuesday night at the BMO Harris Bank Center. Lankinen topped the IceHogs’ previous AHL record of 49 saves originally set by Kent Simpson on Oct. 5, 2013 at San Antonio (49 saves on 51 shots) and matched by Michael Leighton on Dec. 8, 2015 at Texas (49 saves on 52 shots). Lankinen’s…