Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010
By Chris Boden
BUFFALO, New York - Greetings from the Cup Tour and the shores of Lake Erie in western New York. My photog Mike Cappozzo, a couple of Blackhawks officials, and I landed to a perfect evening ahead of what should be an extremely busy Friday, with Lord Stanley's silver due to arrive back in North America from Antti Niemi's time with it in Finland.
How busy? We'll meet up with Patrick and the Kane family early in the morning in order to get to Niagara Falls before the park opens to the public for photo ops and interviews with what should be a heavy media contingent at the Cave of the Winds' Hurricane Deck. Guess it won't matter if it happens to be raining.
From there, Patrick and the Cup he helped secure with that game-winning goal two months ago visit a cancer center to bring some smiles to patients' faces, strike a pose with some ironworkers who are putting up a new medical building, attend an event with city officials, some floor hockey in the burbs, before a long day winds up with a private party.
Down the street tonight, a concert featuring the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Lots of motorcycles. Have yet to decide if I'm Tough Enough to check out such musical rabble-rousers and still get my rest.
We'll check in here along the way throughout the day on Friday. Stay close by, plus much more on "SportsNite" Friday evening.
The Blackhawks' coaching staff will be intact for the 2016-17 season.
Two weeks after Patrick Roy abruptly resigned as head coach, the Colorado Avalanche officially picked Jared Bednar to be his replacement over Blackhawks assistant Kevin Dineen, who was among the favorites for the coaching vacancy.
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Bednar has no National Hockey League coaching experience, but did guide the Columbus Blue Jackets' American Hockey League affiliate to a 15-2 postseason record last season en route to the franchise's first Calder Cup championship.
Retaining Dineen is good news for the Blackhawks, who start training camp next month, but it goes without saying that Dineen is certainly deserving of a second crack at a head coaching position in the near future.
Dineen, Mike Kitchen and head coach Joel Quenneville will enter their third season together after helping the Blackhawks capture a Stanley Cup in their first year as a group in 2015.
Jonathan Toews was named alternate captain of Team Canada on Thursday for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.
Sidney Crosby was named Team Canada’s captain. Crosby, who claimed his second Stanley Cup in June, was also Team Canada’s captain en route to the gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
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Toews, who has been the Blackhawks’ captain since the 2008-09 season, was also alternate captain of Canada’s 2014 Olympic squad. Shea Weber of the Montreal Canadiens will serve as Team Canada’s other alternate captain.
Duncan Keith will not be part of the Blackhawks’ World Cup of Hockey contingent after all.
Keith will focus on improving his health rather than play for Team Canada in the tournament, which takes place next month in Toronto. The Blackhawks released a statement regarding Keith on Wednesday afternoon.
"As Duncan continues offseason rehabilitation on the right knee injury that he sustained last season, we understand his decision not to participate in next month’s World Cup of Hockey," team physician Dr. Michael Terry said in the statement. "We believe it is in his best interests to focus on getting stronger and not risk further injury."
Keith had surgery on that knee last October and was sidelined about one month.
St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will take Keith’s place.