Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011
Posted 5:32 PM Updated 5:51 PM
By Tracey Myers
ANAHEIM, Calif. When Jonathan Toews first went down with his right-shoulder injury on Tuesday, the Chicago Blackhawks feared he could be sidelined two weeks.
Now, it could end up being less than one.
Toews had another good skate Sunday morning and could possibly play Monday when the Blackhawks take on the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center. It was good news for the captain, who was injured when he was checked into the boards against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.
He obviously means a lot to us in a lot of ways and plays in a lot of situations, head coach Joel Quenneville said prior to the Blackhawks game against Anaheim. Were excited about the chance of getting him back. Hes very tough, very competitive.
Toews practiced with the Blackhawks on Saturday before embarking on this two-game trip to the West Coast. The captain, who said he suffered the same injury in his left shoulder years ago, was upbeat after his workout and said hes feeling better every day.
Ive got to be thankful; it couldve easily been more serious than it was, said Toews on Saturday. I just want to make sure it heals properly right now.
Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.
Michal Kempny was in and out of the Blackhawks lineup last season but he’ll likely get a bigger opportunity this coming season. On Saturday, he was assured of coming back to get that chance.
Kempny and the Blackhawks agreed to a one-year extension, the team announced on Saturday morning.
“Michal’s style of play is an asset to our defense,” general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. “He is the type of player who will continue to improve now that he has transitioned to the National Hockey League. We look forward to his continued development on the ice for the Blackhawks.”
Kempny was part of a very crowded blue line last season — he was one of eight defensemen at the start of it — and played 50 regular-season games. He recorded two goals and six assists in those contests but did not play in the Blackhawks’ four postseason contests. With Johnny Oduya and Brian Campbell likely not returning, however, Kempny should get a bigger opportunity this season.
The 26-year-old Kempny also had two goals and an assist in eight games for the Czech Republic team at the 2017 World Championship.
With exactly a month to go until Chicago hosts the 2017 NHL Draft for the first time ever, the Blackhawks and league announced Wednesday their plans for Fan Fest held outside the United Center on June 23 and 24.
A handful of Blackhawks players and alumni will be in attendance and made available for photo opportunities, as will the Stanley Cup. Fans will also be able to explore the NHL Centennial Fan Arena, "a 53-foot museum truck with an innovative interior featuring more than 1,000 square feet of interactive digital displays, original video content, one-of-a-kind historical memorabilia, unique photo moments and a social media wall," according to the press release.
A full list of activities, special guest appearances and schedule will be posted at a later date.
Friday's events will run from 3 to 9 p.m. while Saturday's festivites will go from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Parking Lot C, north of the United Center.
Additional passes for the weekend will be made available to the public starting June 9. For more information, visit chicagoblackhawks.com/fanfest.