Campoli makes Hawks debut vs. Flames on CSN

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Campoli makes Hawks debut vs. Flames on CSN

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
12:07 p.m.
By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

Chris Campoli will be paired with Brian Campbell when he makes his Chicago Blackhawks debut tonight against the Calgary Flames.

Campoli got into Chicago on Tuesday night and said being part of a trade has been madness.

I must have had 200 messages on my phone, Campoli said Wednesday morning. All in all its a good opportunity for me. Im leaving a situation in Ottawa where there are no hard feelings. Im happy to move on.

Coach Joel Quenneville said Campoli, who should get some penalty-kill time in the immediate future, should be a good partner for Campbell.

They both compliment each other with agility and way they move the puck. Itll be a nice start for the both of them, Quenneville said. (Campoli) adds an ingredient we like, whether its puck possession or activation of our D. I think hell have some minutes back there as well and I think he can play in all situations.

Campoli hasnt crossed paths with many of the Blackhawks players other than Dave Bolland. Theyre both from the Toronto area and faced each other in the Ontario Hockey League; Campoli played for Erie and Bolland for London.

He was older than me so I was always young and I didnt have a big build on me. He was always a bigger guy, Bolland said. Hed give me a few stiff shoulders when we played Erie. It was always tough playing him. I think its going to be great for us.

Briefly
Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson did not participate in morning skate but he will play tonight against the Flames.

Corey Crawford gets the start in goal, his ninth in a row.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Wrigley Field named one of the happiest places in the world by CNN

Wrigley Field named one of the happiest places in the world by CNN

In terms of overall satisfaction for a fanbase in total, it'd be hard for any team could beat the Cubs' faithful right now.

Ending a 108-year drought will make even the most pessimistic of fans ecstatic.

So it's no surprise Wrigley Field would be considered one of the happiest places on Earth.

To counteract "Blue Monday," CNN discussed 15 of the world's happiest places and Wrigley was included.

But the kicker is — CNN doesn't even mention the World Series championship.

Here's the rationale:


"Wrigley Field, on a warm summer night when the breeze off Lake Michigan makes the flags flutter and your cheeks flush with relief from the damp heat.

"No matter where you sit, you are close to the field, which makes you feel both the intimacy of the game and the immensity of it.

"The players, standing just feet away from you, feel like giants. And the vendors in the stands hawking hot dogs and beers and Italian ice really are a study in that particular species of Chicago native."


Don't know many people who would argue with that.

The only other American location on the list was Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Other worldwide locations include Bangkok, Japan, New Zealand and Copenhagen.

Report: Bears set to hire Curtis Modkins as running backs coach

Report: Bears set to hire Curtis Modkins as running backs coach

Bears Pro Bowl running back Jordan Howard will have a new positional coach in 2017.

According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, the Bears are expected to hire former San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins as their running backs coach.

Before joining the 49ers in 2016, Modkins served as the Detroit Lions running backs coach from 2013-15. Modkins broke into the NFL as a running backs coach with Kansas City Chiefs in 2008. After serving one year in Kansas City, Modkins left for the same job with the Arizona Cardinals in 2009. The following season Modkins took a promotion with the Buffalo Bills, becoming the team's offensive coordinator from 2010-12.

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Modkins will be reunited in Chicago with reported new Bears offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn. The duo worked together for three seasons with the Lions from 2013-15.

The Bears were in need of a new running backs coach after Stan Drayton departed to take an associate head coaching job under Tom Herman at the University of Texas.