'SuperKane' steals the show at ASG Skills Competition


'SuperKane' steals the show at ASG Skills Competition

OTTAWA, Ontario The NHL All-Star skills competition is all about the show. Its pomp and circumstance, talent with the right touch of bravado.

And Patrick Kane played it beautifully to win the contest he loves the most.

Kane donned the Superman cape and Clark Kent glasses for his fall-down-and-still-score shot, which won him the Breakaway challenge at the skills competition on Saturday night. Kanes getup and goal with an assist to Marian Hossa, who helped him with the cape -- earned him 47 percent of the fan vote.

I just like doing stuff that gets the fans going. They like it, said Kane, who added he was inspired by Dwight Howards Superman during the 2008 NBA Slam Dunk contest. I didnt care about scoring. It was just about the whole presentation.

The idea was one thing. Getting the props was another Blackhawks public relations Brandon Faber and Kanes parents went to get the cape and glasses earlier today. Kane, however, didnt want to take it too far.

We had other ideas for sparklers on my skates, Kane said. But I wasnt going to try and burn myself on the ice out there.

Hossa said Kane talked to him about his Superman idea on the bus heading to Scotiabank Place earlier today.

When he told me about it, I thought, That sounds pretty cool, Hossa said. Its not easy to do but I think he did it extremely well.

The breakaway challenge was one of the most entertaining events of the evening: Kane shot an exploding puck on his third attempt, Corey Perry scored a goal with a mini hockey stick and goaltender Carey Price turned his back on Philadelphias Sean Coutrier and still stopped him.

Kanes theatrics stole the show on Saturday. He didnt have much time to plan, finding out on Friday afternoon that he was in the breakaway event. With a little more notice, Kane said, NHL players could really dazzle in some of these contests.

It would be nice for all the players to find out a couple of weeks before so could put something really good together, he said. You get a days notice its kind of tough to think about some things. Its better to have time to put something together like that.

Hey, even Super men can benefit from a little advance notice.

Watch the video of Kane's Breakaway Challenge here:

Should Blackhawks' next assistant coach be Joel Quenneville's choice?

Should Blackhawks' next assistant coach be Joel Quenneville's choice?

On April 22, Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman vented his frustrations on the team’s all-too-abrupt exit from the postseason, adding that he and coach Joel Quenneville, “are going to work together to make sure that this never happens again.”

There will be plenty of decisions for the two to mull between now and September, when the Blackhawks convene for training camp. When it comes to the assistant head coach vacancy, however, that might need to be decided with a more one-sided approach. That choice ultimately should be made by Quenneville.

In a recent podcast, Pat Boyle and I discussed the Blackhawks’ need to work together on some upcoming decisions. But with the assistant coach, the head coach has to have the loudest voice. The head coach probably should even have the final vote. The relationship between coaches has to be there because they’re around each other constantly. They’ve got to be on the same page. There has to be trust from Day 1.

As for when the Blackhawks name that assistant, there appears to be nothing imminent. A source said Monday that the Blackhawks and Ulf Samuelsson have been in communication about the job — Chris Kuc of the Tribune first reported on Samuelsson on Sunday. On paper it looks like it would be a great fit. Samuelsson and Quenneville played several seasons together with the Hartford Whalers, along with current Blackhawks assistant coach Kevin Dineen. The relationship with Samuelsson has been there for a long time and it would make for a smoother transition. It might also provide somewhat of a panacea for Quenneville after former assistant Mike Kitchen, whose friendship with Quenneville also went back to their playing days, was fired last month.

Earlier this month Bowman told the Sun-Times that Quenneville will have a big role in the Blackhawks’ finding their next assistant coach, with the final choice being a “joint collaboration.” We get that there’s an order to these things and everyone has to be in agreement with the final decision. But in the end the head coach has to be 100-percent happy with his immediate staff. So whoever the next assistant coach is, the decision has to be 100 percent Quenneville’s.

Blackhawks share condolences after passing of six-time All Star Bill White

Blackhawks share condolences after passing of six-time All Star Bill White

The Blackhawks shared their condolences after the passing of former defenseman Bill White on Monday.

"The Chicago Blackhawks organization extends its thoughts and heartfelt condolences to Bill White's family as we mourn his loss," the team's statement read. "He will be remembered as a leader, generous teammate and tough player to play against. His energetic style helped the Blackhawks see great success during his tenure with the team."

White spent seven seasons with the Blackhawks — part of a nine-year NHL career — scoring 30 goals and tallying 149 assists.

He appeared in six consecutive All-Star Games from 1969 to 1974 and helped the Blackhawks to the playoffs in all seven of his seasons in Chicago.

White also had a brief stint as the Blackhawks' head coach, manning the bench for the final 46 games of the 1976-77 season.