Cue Chelsea Dagger, Blackhawks' 2013 schedule has arrived

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Cue Chelsea Dagger, Blackhawks' 2013 schedule has arrived

The lockout has come to its merciful end. And with the Memo of Understanding finally being completed and signed by the NHL and NHLPA, the focus finally shifts to training camps and regular-season schedules.

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The Chicago Blackhawks will play 10 of their first 12 games on the road before enjoying a seven-game homestand, as team schedules were finally released on Saturday. The schedules came out a few minutes after both sides agreed upon a Memo of Understanding regarding the new collective bargaining agreement. The league said it would wait until the MOU was complete and signed before releasing all the information.

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Now the fun begins. Training camps will open on Sunday, albeit later in the day because it took so long Saturday to complete the MOU. The Blackhawks will have a little less than six days to prepare for their season opener against the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, which will be a 2 p.m. start on Jan. 19.

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Other highlights of the Blackhawks schedule include:

The home opener against the St. Louis Blues on Jan. 22 and their next home game against the Red Wings, on Jan. 27.

An early visit to play the Phoenix Coyotes, the team that eliminated the Blackhawks in the Western Conference quarterfinals, on Jan. 20. But this game will be without Phoenix forward Raffi Torres, who will still be serving his suspension for injuring Marian Hossa last April.

A six-game road trip -- with games at Minnesota, Vancouver and San Jose, among others -- while the Disney ice show is in the United Center.

A seven-game homestand immediately following that six-game road trip. The Blackhawks will play San Jose twice and host the hated Vancouver Canucks once on this stand.

With trying to squeeze 48 games into a condensed amount of time, the Blackhawks will face all Western Conference opponents.

DateOpponentTimeTVJANUARYSat, Jan. 19at Los Angeles2:00 p.m.NBCSun., Jan. 20at Phoenix9:00 p.m.NBCSNTue., Jan. 22St. Louis7:30 p.m.CSNThu., Jan. 24at Dallas7:30 p.m.Sat., Jan 26at Columbus6:00 p.mSun., Jan. 27Detroit6:00 p.m.Wed., Jan. 30at Minnesota7:00 p.m.NBCSNFEBRUARYFri., Feb. 1at Vancouver9:00 p.m.Sat., Feb. 2at Calgary9:00 p.m.Tue., Feb. 5at San Jose9:30 p.m.Thu., Feb. 7at Phoenix8:00 p.m.Sun, Feb. 10at Nashville7:00 p.m.Tue., Feb. 12Anaheim7:30 p.m.Fri., Feb. 15San Jose7:30 p.m.Sun., Feb. 17Los Angeles12:30 p.m.NBCTue., Feb. 19Vancouver7:30 p.m.Fri, Feb. 22San Jose7:30 p.m.Sun., Feb. 24Columbus6:00 p.m.Mon., Feb. 25Edmonton7:30 p.m.Thu., Feb. 28at St. Louis7:00 p.m.MARCHFri., March 1Columbus7:30 p.m.Sun., March 3at Detroit11:30 a.m.NBCTue., March 5Minnesota7:30 p.m.Wed. March 6Colorado7:00 p.m.NBCSNFri. March 8at Colorado8:00 p.m.Sun., March 10Edmonton6:00 p.m.Thu., March 14at Columbus6:00 p.m.Sat., March 16at Dallas7:00 p.m.Mon., March 18at Colorado8:00 p.m.Wed., March 20at Anaheim9:00 p.m.Mon., March 25Los Angeles7:00 p.m.NBCSNTue., March 26Calgary7:30 p.m.Fri., March 29Anaheim7:30 p.m.Sun., March 31at Detroit11:30 a.m.NBCAPRILMon., April 1Nashville7:30 p.m.Thu., April 4St. Louis7:30 p.m.Sat., April 6at Nashville2:00 p.m.Sun., April 7Nashville6:00 p.m.Tue., April 9at Minnesota7:00 p.m.NBCSNFri., April 12Detroit7:30 p.m.Sun., April 14at St. Louis11:30 a.m.NBCMon., April 15Dallas7:00 p.m.NBCSNFri., April 19Nashville7:30 p.m.Sat., April 20Phoenix7:30 p.m.Mon., April 22at Vancouver9:00 p.m.Wed., April 24at Edmonton8:30 p.m.Fri., April 26Calgary7:30 p.m.Sat., April 27at St. Louis7:00 p.m.All game times Central

Blackhawks sign defenseman Michal Kempny to extension

Blackhawks sign defenseman Michal Kempny to extension

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.

Blackhawks announce plans for NHL Draft Fan Fest

Blackhawks announce plans for NHL Draft Fan Fest

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.