Blackhawks to unveil Hull, Mikita statues

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Blackhawks to unveil Hull, Mikita statues

WATCH: McDonough's announcement

Statues of Chicago Blackhawks legends Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita will be unveiled on Oct. 22 before the Blackhawks host the Colorado Avalanche, team president John McDonough announced on CSN's pregame show.

The statues will be located on the northeast plaza outside of the United Center. The Blackhawks announced last season that statues would be made of Hull and Mikita, Hall of Famers who helped lead the Blackhawks to their Stanley Cup in 1961.

"HullMikita is a brand here in Chicago," McDonough said during the announcement. "We wanted to make sure we recognized them. I'm proud of what these two brought back to this fan base."

"It's one thing to be a part of such a great organization, but when you have your likeness engraved and placed in a part of this great edifice, it's really something else," Hull said later on the show. "I'm elated... I know it will be the greatest thing that has ever happened to me in my lifetime."

"I've been quite excited about this whole thing," Mikita said. "We had an opportunity to visit the artist and what a nice job they did. I am as anxious to see it as anyone else."

Mikita is still the franchise career leader in assists (926), points (1,467) and games played (1,394 during parts of 22 seasons).

Hull spent 15 years wearing a Blackhawks uniform, scoring 604 goals and 549 assists in 1,036 games.

The duo helped the Blackhawks capture the 1961 Stanley Cup.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information

Blackhawks: Tommy Wingels fractures foot, will be ready for training camp

Blackhawks: Tommy Wingels fractures foot, will be ready for training camp

Tommy Wingels, who the Blackhawks acquired earlier this month, will miss 6-8 weeks after suffering a left-foot fracture during his offseason training. Team physician Dr. Michael Terry said in a statement that the Blackhawks, “anticipate a full recovery in 6-8 weeks and in time for training camp. We do not anticipate any long-term issues.”

The Blackhawks signed Wingels, a Wilmette native, to a one-year deal on July 1. Wingels will still be at this weekend’s convention.

Why Blackhawks fans might want to tap the brakes on Alex DeBrincat

Why Blackhawks fans might want to tap the brakes on Alex DeBrincat

This is public service announcement regarding Alex DeBrincat and his potential this season with the Blackhawks:

Tap the brakes.

We’ve relayed this address a few times the past few seasons, most notably with Teuvo Teravainen as people eagerly anticipated his professional debut. We’re pretty sure when he was recalled for the first time, exultant trumpets played faintly in the background. But it bears repeating now with DeBrincat, who might or might not do fantastic things right out of training camp.

This warning, however, comes not only because DeBrincat might not be ready for the grand stage play-wise. It’s also because the Blackhawks might not have room for him.

Take a look at CapFriendly.com for the Blackhawks’ current situation: As they enter the fall they’re roughly $35,000 over the $75 million salary cap, but it’s not so much about money as it is the roster setup. There are 22 players currently listed on the Blackhawk’s CapFriendly roster, but only five defensemen. Also, of the 14 forwards listed, only one could be sent to Rockford without going through waivers (Nick Schmaltz).

So if there’s no room for DeBrincat, don’t be surprised.

Still, it’s going to be interesting to see what DeBrincat does at training camp this fall. You understand why the hype is there. DeBrincat is coming off three stellar seasons with the Erie Otters, with whom he had 127 points (65 goals, 62 assists) last season. DeBrincat is hopeful that a strong training camp could lead to opportunity, but he understands it might not be right away.

“I’m confident in my abilities,” DeBrincat said. “But they have a plan for me and I’ll do whatever they want me to do. I’ll stick with their plan.”

But the Blackhawks will take the slow-and steady approach with him as they did with past younger players. He’s only 19 years old, so there’s no need to rush his development. Playing time in the American Hockey League could be very beneficial for him as he makes the jump from the OHL to the pros. As former Otters coach Kris Knoblauch said earlier this summer, dealing with bigger and stronger players at this level is going to be the toughest hurdle for DeBrincat.

“It’s not that he’s afraid; he’s very good at battles. But just playing against the opposition, against five strong, fast players and just finding out how much time he has, where the room is,” Knoblauch said in early June. “One-on-one battles in our league, there are strong guys and he does fairly well. But when you have a unit of guys, it makes the game a little more difficult.”

DeBrincat will have his time with the Blackhawks. It just might not be right away, and for several reasons, including the current roster setup. So let’s tap the brakes. For now, anyway.