From coaches to players, one theme was common throughout the first day of the Blackhawks Convention: anger.
Anger that the season ended in the first round of the playoffs. Anger that players were dealt devastating injuries. Anger that they couldn't give their fans another championship season. Needless to say, the Blackhawks are ready to change all of that as they approach they start of the 2012-13 season.
But although the term 'anger' was thrown around throughout the evening, those emotions were nothing but motivation to outperform what they accomplished last season, and a desire to give their fans the overwhelming excitement they felt when the team won the Stanley Cup in 2010.
"You're happy for teams who win, but it's hard to see them lift up something you think is yours," Patrick Kane said as he addressed the media at the start of the day. "It's more motivation for us to work harder in the future."
And after seeing fans pack the Hilton for the Convention, it's no wonder the Blackhawks want to work so hard. Hundreds of people poured in wearing their favorite jerseys, shaking with excitement at the thought of getting to meet their favorite players. The screaming voices and wide eyes gleaming at the players as they were being introduced once again reiterated how big of an impact the team has on the personal lives of all their fans.
As the evening concluded, it was no secret that the fans look up to the players to make lifelong memories. And the players are more than ready to work hard and do all they can to make that positive impact on as many lives as possible.
CSN's coverage of the Charlotte Knights continues on Saturday night as the Knights will host the Buffalo Bisons at 6 p.m. on CSN+.
Reynaldo Lopez, MLB's No. 45 overall prospect, makes his 10th start of the season for the Knights. The 23-year-old Lopez has a 5-1 record with a 2.94 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 49 innings in 2017.
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White Sox No. 1 prospect Yoan Moncada, who landed on the 7-day DL on May 18, is eligible to make his return to the Knights lineup this weekend.
It's the fourth of eight games that CSN will televise over the next two months to give fans an opportunity to watch the future of the White Sox.
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Northwestern is expected to be without kick returner and wide receiver Solomon Vault for the entirety of the upcoming 2017 season, according to a Friday report from Inside NU.
A Northwestern spokesman told the site that Vault underwent surgery for a lower-body injury and is expected to redshirt this fall.
Vault took back four kickoffs for touchdowns in his first three seasons, racking up 1,505 kick-return yards. Last season, he returned 23 kicks for 560 yards and a touchdown.
In addition to his value as a kick returner, though, Vault was also expected to play a larger role in the passing game this season. He transitioned from running back to wide receiver ahead of last season and caught 15 passes for 164 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 2016.
While the Wildcats have plenty of other options at wide receiver, it's a significant wrinkle in their challenge to replace the production of Austin Carr, last year's Big Ten Wide Receiver of the Year, who is on to a pro career in the NFL.
If Vault does redshirt this season, it means he will have one year of NCAA eligibility remaining.