Patrick Kane said he heard from plenty of friends after his spin-o-rama assist on Marian Hossas goal on Tuesday night. But the biggest came from former Blackhawks great and current ambassador Denis Savard.
Kane wouldnt divulge what Savard said but it meant a lot to him.
It was definitely pretty special. Savys the one who created that move, he said. Sometimes you dont realize what the plays going to develop into. That highlights been in a lot of places.
When coach Joel Quenneville was asked if Savard ever put that spin-o-rama on him during his playing days, the former defenseman said, he might have tried it.
The Blackhawks will host Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness night on Saturday when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets. Lawson Frank, a 13-year-old from Geneva who is battling the rare childhood cancer Rhabdomyosarcoma, will perform the ceremonial puck drop before the game.
With the Blackhawks playing three games in four days, beginning Friday with the Carolina Hurricanes, Quenneville said Ray Emery will likely start one of them.
The Blackhawks edged the Ducks in hits on Tuesday night, 25-22.
The Blackhawks' coaching staff will be intact for the 2016-17 season.
Two weeks after Patrick Roy abruptly resigned as head coach, the Colorado Avalanche officially picked Jared Bednar to be his replacement over Blackhawks assistant Kevin Dineen, who was among the favorites for the coaching vacancy.
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Bednar has no National Hockey League coaching experience, but did guide the Columbus Blue Jackets' American Hockey League affiliate to a 15-2 postseason record last season en route to the franchise's first Calder Cup championship.
Retaining Dineen is good news for the Blackhawks, who start training camp next month, but it goes without saying that Dineen is certainly deserving of a second crack at a head coaching position in the near future.
Dineen, Mike Kitchen and head coach Joel Quenneville will enter their third season together after helping the Blackhawks capture a Stanley Cup in their first year as a group in 2015.
Jonathan Toews was named alternate captain of Team Canada on Thursday for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.
Sidney Crosby was named Team Canada’s captain. Crosby, who claimed his second Stanley Cup in June, was also Team Canada’s captain en route to the gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
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Toews, who has been the Blackhawks’ captain since the 2008-09 season, was also alternate captain of Canada’s 2014 Olympic squad. Shea Weber of the Montreal Canadiens will serve as Team Canada’s other alternate captain.
Duncan Keith will not be part of the Blackhawks’ World Cup of Hockey contingent after all.
Keith will focus on improving his health rather than play for Team Canada in the tournament, which takes place next month in Toronto. The Blackhawks released a statement regarding Keith on Wednesday afternoon.
"As Duncan continues offseason rehabilitation on the right knee injury that he sustained last season, we understand his decision not to participate in next month’s World Cup of Hockey," team physician Dr. Michael Terry said in the statement. "We believe it is in his best interests to focus on getting stronger and not risk further injury."
Keith had surgery on that knee last October and was sidelined about one month.
St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will take Keith’s place.