Chicago Blackhawks Wiretap

Former NHL Player Eddie Olczyk Diagnosed With Colon Cancer

Aug 9, 2017 1:19 AM

Former NHL forward and NBC Sports hockey analyst Eddie Olczyk was diagnosed with colon cancer last week.

"I have been working with outstanding health care professionals and expect to be back in the broadcast booth after I complete my treatment," Olczyk said in a statement issued by the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday. "Having the support and encouragement from my family, the Chicago Blackhawks organization, NBC Sports and all my friends and fans means the world to me and will give me continued strength to beat this. My family and I appreciate privacy during this time as we focus our attention on my treatments."

Olczyk, who turns 51 on Aug. 16, has been the in-game analyst for Blackhawks games on Comcast SportsNet Chicago and WGN-TV since the 2006-07 season. He was selected by the Blackhawks with the third pick in the 1984 NHL Draft, and played five seasons for Chicago from 1984-87 and 1998-2000.

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Hawks' Brian Campbell Retires After 17 NHL Seasons

Jul 17, 2017 1:21 PM

Defenseman Brian Campbell, who won a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, announced his retirement Monday after 17 seasons in the league.

The Blackhawks tweeted that Campbell is "not done with the Hawks! Soupy will join the front office, assisting with marketing, community and youth hockey initiatives."

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Ducks Sign Dennis Rasmussen To One-Year Deal

Jul 7, 2017 3:09 PM

The Ducks announced today that the club has signed forward Dennis Rasmussen to a one-year contract through the 2017-18 season.

Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed. Rasmussen, 27, has collected 8-9=17 points with a +5 rating and 16 penalty minutes (PIM) in 112 career NHL games with the Blackhawks. He played the entire 2016-17 season with the Blackhawks, recording 4-4=8 points with 12 PIM in 68 games. 

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Tags: Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Coyotes Trade Murphy, Dauphin To Hawks For Hjalmarsson

Jun 23, 2017 12:42 PM

Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have acquired defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for defenseman Connor Murphy and forward Laurent Dauphin.

"We are very pleased to acquire Niklas," said Chayka. "He's an elite player and one of the NHL's top defenseman. He's a warrior who played a key role in Chicago's last three Stanley Cup wins. We are thrilled to have him join our team."

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Tags: Phoenix Coyotes, Chicago Blackhawks, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

Marian Hossa Will Miss Next Season

Jun 21, 2017 3:42 PM

Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa will not play in the NHL next season, saying in a statement that he has been receiving treatment for a skin disorder.

"Over the course of the last few years, under the supervision of the Blackhawks medical staff, I have been privately undergoing treatment for a progressive skin disorder and the side effects of the medications involved to treat the disorder," Hossa said Wednesday morning. "Due to the severe side effects associated with those medications, playing hockey is not possible for me during the upcoming 2017-18 season. While I am disappointed that I will not be able to play, I have to consider the severity of my condition and how the treatments have impacted my life both on and off the ice."

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Blackhawks Sign Michal Kempny To One-Year Deal

May 28, 2017 10:28 AM

The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a one-year contract with defenseman Michal Kempny.

Kempny was set to become a restricted free agent July 1. The extension runs through the 2017-18 season.

Kempny had two goals and six assists in his first season with the Blackhawks.


Tags: Chicago Blackhawks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Blackhawks Fire Assistant Coach Mike Kitchen

Apr 24, 2017 2:28 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks have fired assistant coach Mike Kitchen.

After the Blackhawks became the first top-seeded team to be swept in the first round of the playoffs since the NHL adopted its current playoff format in 1994, GM Stan Bowman promised changes.

"We believe this decision is best for our organization moving forward," Bowman said in a statement. "Mike had an impact on two different Stanley Cup championship teams during his tenure in Chicago. We appreciate his many contributions and wish he and his family success in the future."

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Hawks GM Stan Bowman Is Promising Changes

Apr 23, 2017 1:53 AM

Coach Joel Quenneville will be back next season. Everything else is on the table for the Blackhawks.

GM Stan Bowman is promising changes after Chicago was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the second straight year. The Blackhawks, who won the Stanley Cup in 2010, '13 and '15, were swept by Nashville this time around, managing just three goals in 13 periods.

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Hawks Win To Clinch Ninth Straight Playoff Berth

Mar 20, 2017 2:26 AM

After a sluggish start, Jonathan Toews and the Blackhawks stormed back late with a rapid-fire rally to strengthen their grip on first place in the Central Division -- and the Western Conference.

Toews scored twice, and Richard Panik and Artemi Panarin each had a goal in a span of 3:02 in the third period to erase Colorado's two-goal lead and send the Blackhawks past the Avalanche 6-3 on Sunday night for their fifth straight win.

The victory, combined with Los Angeles' 5-2 loss at Calgary on Sunday, clinched Chicago's ninth straight playoff berth.

Tags: Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

Hawks Lose Artem Anisimov For Three To Four Weeks

Mar 15, 2017 5:29 PM

Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov will miss three to four weeks with a lower-body injury, coach Joel Quenneville said on Wednesday.

The timetable likely shelves him for the rest of the regular season.

Anisimov was injured Tuesday when Canadiens forward Alexander Radulov fell on his leg as they battled for a puck in the corner.

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Hawks Send McNeill To Stars For Oduya
The Blackhawks are reuniting with defenseman Johnny Oduya, who was part of their last two championships.

Martin Havlat Retires After 14 NHL Seasons
Martin Havlat put up 594 points in 790 NHL games over 14 seasons.

Kings Acquire Cam Schilling From Hawks
The Kings have sent forward Michael Latta to the Blackhawks.

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Hawks Sign Artemi Panarin To New Two-Year Deal
Artemi Panarin would have been a restricted free agent on July 1.

Hawks Place Anisomov On IR; Crawford Returns
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that Corey Crawford will start in the goal on Friday.

NHL Names Kucherov, Crawford, Hayes 'Three Stars'
Nikita Kucherov shared the League lead with 3-47 in three contests to guide the Lightning to five out of a possible six standings points and second place in the Atlantic Division.

Marian Hossa Scores 500th Career Goal
Blackhawks forward Maria Hossa became the 44th NHL player to reach 500 career goals on Tuesday night.

Agent: Jimmy Vesey Meets With Seven Teams
NHL prospect Jimmy Vesey is the reigning winner of the Hobey Baker Award, given to the top men's college hockey player.

Brad Richards Retires After 15 NHL Seasons
Longtime center Brad Richards scored 298 goals and had 634 assists in his 15 NHL seasons.

Blackhawks' Patrick Kane Wins NHL's MVP
Patrick Kane won the Hart Memorial Trophy on Wednesday night in Las Vegas.

Canes Send Two Draft Picks To Hawks For Teravainen, Bickell
The Hurricanes sent a second-round pick in this month's draft, and a third-round pick next year to the Blackhawks.

Kane, Crosby, Benn Named MVP Finalists
The Hart Memorial Trophy is awarded each year to the NHL's MVP.

NHL Suspends Andrew Shaw One-Game For Anti-Gay Slur
Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw will miss Game 5 in St. Louis on Thursday.

Hawks' Kane First American To Lead NHL In Scoring
Patrick Kane finished the regular season with a career-high 106 points.

Blackhawks Should Be At Full Strength For Playoffs
The Blackhawks lost to the Blues by the score of 2-1 in overtime on Thursday night.

Patrick Kane Reaches 100-Point Mark On Season
Patrick Kane is the first player to reach 100-points this season.

Wild Complete Season Sweep Of Hawks
The Wild won all five games against the Blackhawks this season.

Hawks, Marcus Kruger Agree To Three-Year, $9.25M Deal
Marcus Kruger is expected to return to the Blackhawks' line-up before the start of the NHL playoffs.

Ducks Send Jackman, Draft Pick To Hawks For Tropp
Corey Tropp has appeared in 148 career NHL games with Buffalo and Columbus.

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Coyotes Claim Jiri Sekac Off Waivers From Hawks
Jiri Sekac has appeared in 97 career NHL games with the Blackhawks, Ducks, and Canadiens.

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