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Blackhawks to host 'Hockey Is For Everyone' night on Saturday to support LGBTQ community

Blackhawks to host 'Hockey Is For Everyone' night on Saturday to support LGBTQ community

The Blackhawks will host "Hockey Is For Everyone" night when they return from their bye week on Feb. 18 against the Edmonton Oilers at the United Center.

To support the LGBTQ community, players will use "pride tape" on their stricks during warmups, and several of them will be auctioned off online on NHL.com from Feb. 20 through Feb. 27. All proceeds will benefit the You Can Play Project.

Here's more information, via the team's press release:

Hockey Is For Everyone, You Can Play Project, Chicago Gay Hockey Association, Center on Halsted and Hockey On Your Block will be located throughout the United Center concourse during the game. A portion of the Blackhawks silent auction and Split the Pot proceeds will benefit the organizations tabling on the concourse. Representatives from You Can Play Project and Hockey On Your Block will also participate in Shoot the Puck. 

The Blackhawks and Stanley Cup Champion Ben Eager will also host a floor hockey clinic at the Center on Halsted on Wednesday, Feb. 15. The Center on Halsted is the Midwest's most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland. More than 1,000 community members visit the Center every day, located in the heart of Chicago's Lakeview Neighborhood.

The Blackhawks will also host a private screening of “Soul on Ice: Past, Present, and Future” for Hockey On Your Block students at the Harper Theatre in Hyde Park on March 2, with CSN analyst Jamal Mayers and film creator Kwame Damon Mason hosting an open discussion for students afterwards.

Hawks Talk Podcast: Bryan Bickell on journey with Blackhawks, battling MS

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Bryan Bickell on journey with Blackhawks, battling MS

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Bryan Bickell sits down with Pat Boyle and they discuss the retired player's journey to the NHL, which included being an Ottawa clubhouse assistant where he met future teammate, Marian Hossa.

Bickell admits when he finally knew he was a regular in the NHL, his incredible 2013 postseason performance and the historic 17 seconds in Boston.

Finally, Bryan gets emotional when discussing his MS diagnosis, his shootout goal in his final NHL game, and how his wife Amanda has been at his side throughout his entire hockey career.

Listen to the Hawks Talk Podcast below: 

Hawk Harrelson tells Eddie Olczyk to 'stay strong' in message of support

Hawk Harrelson tells Eddie Olczyk to 'stay strong' in message of support

Last week, Blackhawks analyst Eddie Olczyk announced he had been diagnosed with colon cancer.

The news of his diagnosis shook the hockey world and many released statements or took to social media to show support for Olczyk. Add White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson to that list.

Hawk and the White Sox released a video on Twitter of Harrelson telling Olczyk to stay strong:

Here's the full transcript:

"Hi Eddie,

Stay strong buddy. You're in our minds, you're in our hearts, you know we love you. Can't wait to see you back in front of that camera again. Stay strong."