Brandon Bollig was among those impressed with Patrick Kane’s stick handling abilities in a video that soon went viral. That didn’t mean he’d avoid making fun of it.
Bollig’s parody of Kane’s video, dubbed "Operation Raindrop," came out a few days ago as a fun jab of Kane’s masterful stick handling video that was released earlier in September. Bollig said it was his idea to do it, and the Blackhawks TV folks helped him collaborate on the content.
“I just thought it’d be a good idea,” said Bollig, who added that his video, like Kane’s, took about 15-20 minutes to execute. “Luckily I didn’t have to be too good at it. That was kind of the point, and that wasn’t hard to do.”
Kane apparently had a strong reaction to Bollig’s handiwork.
“I showed him, and he was actually crying laughing,” Bollig said. “He probably laughed the hardest of anybody, him and (Jonathan Toews). It’s funny to see guys’ reactions and what people on Twitter had to say about that. It was good; I liked it.”
In the mix
Of the remaining prospects vying for a spot on the Blackhawks’ roster, Joakim Nordstrom has been a bit of a surprise. The 21-year-old center has put together some solid performances, and coach Joel Quenneville said he’s in the mix for one of the remaining spots.
Nordstrom was on a line with Bollig and fellow Swede Marcus Kruger at Wednesday’s practice.
“He’s had a good camp,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “I like his speed. He’s a young guy, he has good instincts both sides of the puck and has done a good job penalty killing in the situations he’s been in. He and Marcus have good chemistry with each other. He’s really progressed from where he was a year ago to where he is today. It looks like he’s made a big jump.”
— Marian Hossa did not skate or practice on Wednesday. Quenneville said it’s likely Hossa skates on Thursday. Hossa aggravated an upper-body injury — likely the back injury he sustained during the Stanley Cup Final — about a week ago.
— The league announced today that NHL Center Ice will be available for free from Oct. 1-19. The free preview will not be available in all areas.