Monday, March 21, 2011
Posted: 11:28 a.m.
Comcast SportsNet and the Blackhawks are teaming up with Save of a Lifetime to send prostate cancer to the penalty box!
Stop by the Save of a Lifetime free screening and education table located on the main concourse of the United Center when the Blackhawks face the Florida Panthers on Wednesday, March 23.
All fans who are screened will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win an authentic Blackhawks home jersey signed by the team ... the first 100 fans to be screened will receive an autographed puck signed by either Bobby Hull or Denis Savard!
Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America, striking 240,000 men each year... enough to fill the United Center 12 times.
1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
A man is 33 more likely to get prostate cancer than a woman is to get breast cancer.
The Blackhawks signed Ville Pokka to a one-year contract on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old Pokka played in all 76 regular-season games for the Rockford IceHogs last season, recording six goals and 24 assists.
The Blackhawks’ defensive depth has already taken a hit this offseason, with Niklas Hjalmarsson traded to Arizona – Connor Murphy came here in the deal – and Trevor van Riemsdyk, selected by the Vegas Golden Knights, then traded to the Carolina Hurricanes. While the Blackhawks will probably explore free-agent options this offseason, Pokka could vie for an opportunity at training camp.
Dennis Rasmussen was not tendered a qualifying offer by the Blackhawks, a source confirmed on Tuesday. Rasmussen will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Rasmussen was coming off a one-year deal worth $575,000. He was expected to be among those the Blackhawks extended qualifying offers – the deadline was Monday afternoon – but he was not.
The 26-year-old played 68 games for the Blackhawks this past season, recording four goals and four assists. He gave the Blackhawks some options, as he also played some wing and was part of the penalty kill. But he was a surprise healthy scratch more often than not as the regular season continued.
The Blackhawks will enter this season without Rasmussen and, if Marcus Kruger is traded, the team will have some holes to fill at center.