Flu bug hits Blackhawks' locker room

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Flu bug hits Blackhawks' locker room

DENVER -- Four Blackhawks were sidelined due to illness and defenseman Steve Montador was out with an upper-body injury as the Blackhawks returned to practice at the University of Denver on Wednesday afternoon.

There wasn't much of an update on Montador. Coach Joel Quenneville said Montador was "doing OK today," but didn't elaborate past that. He said they'll see how Montador is doing again on Thursday. Meanwhile, forwards Bryan Bickell and Viktor Stalberg and defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson and Nick Leddy did not practice, as a flu bug is making its way through the Blackhawks locker room. Quenneville is hoping they're feeling better for Thursday's practice in San Jose.

The Blackhawks worked on their power play, which has gone 0 for 10 in its last four games, on Wednesday.

"That has to be a point of emphasis, that we have to rely on that to get us through tough times," Quenneville said. "We dont want it to lose momentum for us like it has recently."

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.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Vinnie Hinostroza talks rookie season and new wrinkle to offseason training

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Vinnie Hinostroza talks rookie season and new wrinkle to offseason training

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, forward Vinnie Hinostroza joins Pat Boyle and evaluates his rookie season, tells us how he has added MMA and Ju-jitsu to his offseason training and is he going to room with Ryan Hartman next season?

Plus, Tracey Myers joins Pat to discuss Patrick Kane’s first interview this offseason, the latest on the Blackhawks coaching moves and tournament fall-out for Artemi Panarin, Marcus Kruger and Alex DeBrincat.

Listen to the latest episode of the Hawks Talk Podcast below.