Tonight marks the second viewing of a Blackhawks classic since the NHL lockout began, and this time, Comcast SportsNet is taking viewers back to 1971. To help re-live the Stan Mikita, Tony Esposito, Bobby Hull era, insider Tracey Myers spoke with Mikita about his experiences with the team, including what it was like to be alongside seven other future Hall of Fame inductees in Chicago.
In addition, Blackhawks historian Bob Verdi also takes a look back on the historical game between Chicago and Toronto. Here's a preview of Verdi's article on the Blackhawks' website, which also details important facts about the 1971 team:
Do not adjust your television set, because the program you are about to watch will not be broadcast in color.
But dont touch that dial, either. Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and Tony Esposito star in throwback theater when Comcast SportsNet presents another edition of Chicago Blackhawks Classics at 7 p.m. Friday:
Blackhawks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs in Maple Leaf Gardens, Dec. 11, 1971. Its a must-see in black and white, an Original Six matchup featuring eight future Hall of Famers, including the aforementioned three icons, now ambassadors for the Blackhawks.
You can read all of Verdi's article on the Blackhawks' website.
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Minutes before they opened their regular season Thursday against the Celtics, the Bulls announced the signing of shooting guard R.J. Hunter.
Hunter was a first-round pick of the Celtics in 2015 but was waived this preseason. In his lone year with the Celtics he appeared in 38 games. He struggled from the field, shooting just 36.7 percent from the field and 30.2 percent from deep. He ultimately lost out on a roster spot this preseason in a crowded Celtics backcourt.
"Not surprised he got picked up," Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said. "We said the other day, we had more than 15 NBA players (in training camp) and so it was just a matter of time who he was going to get picked up by. It was good that he did."
Fred Hoiberg was asked at Thursday morning's shootaround about the possibility of adding a player like Hunter. And while he couldn't specifically mention Hunter - as the deal was not official - he did discuss the continued need for outside shooting.
"It’s something that obviously we feel that we’ve got some shooting with this team but you can never have enough, so I’ll say that," Hoiberg said. It’s something where if we can get our playmakers in the paint to be able to spray it out to guys that can spread the floor, that’s obviously something that can help our team.
"So again we feel good about where we are with our playmakers and if we can get some guys to knock down shots I think we have a chance to have an effective year."
Hunter was the darling of the 2015 NCAA Tournament playing for his father at Georgia State. Hunter hit a game-winning 3-pointer against Baylor to propel the 14th-seeded Panthers to an opening-round win.
Hunter was a two-time Sun Belt Player of the Year, averaging 19.7 points per game as a junior.
Hunter's first chance to suit up with the Bulls will be Saturday when they host the Indiana Pacers.