Turco may face former team, but not Wednesday

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Turco may face former team, but not Wednesday

Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010
1:45 PM

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

Marty Turco figures he has a couple chances to face his old team, the Dallas Stars.

He just won't be doing it on Wednesday night.

Corey Crawford will get the start when the Blackhawks host Turco's former team at the United Center on Wednesday. Crawford has won six consecutive starts heading into the game. For Turco, a chance to play Dallas, where he played for nine seasons before signing with Chicago this summer, would be great. But he understands the decision.

"Corey's playing well and deserves to (start)," Turco said. "That's why I came here, to win. I have zero problems with it.

Turco hasn't gotten off to the record he would've liked here in Chicago, where he's lost his last three decisions. He's currently 8-8-2 with a 2.90 goals-against average. Crawford has been surging to a 7-4-0 mark with a 2.34 GAA.

Quenneville went away from Crawford last Friday, putting Turco in against the Vancouver Canucks. Quenneville said all things considered, it was a difficult decision.

"The other day we went against the grain against Vancouver," Quenneville said.
"(Corey's) earned the opportunity to play. That's kind of where we're at."

With three more games against the Stars this season, including Feb. 11 and March 17 matchups in Dallas. Turco figures he'll get his shot at some point.

"If it was an Eastern Conference team and this was my only shot at them I might puff out my chest. But it's no big deal, really, as long as we beat them," Turco said with a smile. "I came here to win and be part of the winning formula. (Crawford's) playing well, he's hot, what else can you say? I have no problem with it."

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

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.