Younger Toews trying to make his mark with Hawks

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Younger Toews trying to make his mark with Hawks

Monday, Sept. 19, 2011
Posted: 1:54 p.m.
By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com Blackhawks InsiderFollow @TraMyersCSN
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David Toews wasnt about to give older brother Jonathan any credit.

The Blackhawks newest acquisition missed on a scoring chance on training camps opening day. Jonathan said he lifted his little brothers stick. David saw it different.

Im not giving him credit for getting a stick on me, said David, who did score during Sundays scrimmage at Johnnys Icehouse. It was my fault I bobbled the puck. I had a good chance there.

For the Toews brothers, this training camp is a chance to hang out -- David is staying with Jonathan -- and compete against each other on the ice. For David, its a chance to find his niche somewhere in the organization; and to make his mark as himself, not Jonathan Toews younger brother.

Obviously there are going to be high expectations, David said. There was a loud cheer going out there (on Saturday) and I didnt make the shot I wanted to. I just have to come back out and work harder and adjust what I can be better at.

David Toews played with the Brandon Wheat Kings last season, tallying 20 goals -- including nine on the power play -- and 28 assists. His arrival here was met with plenty of excitement, given the last name. But general manager Stan Bowman said Friday that David needs to be judged on his own merit.

He has the same last name but its not really fair to make comparisons Bowman said. Hes here to earn a job. Hes still young, still in that group of players; we have a lot in that age category trying to establish themselves in that process.

Jonathan is enjoying the time with David, including their on-ice competitions.

We hardly see each other in the winter so maybe this is an opportunity where thatll change, Jonathan said. But its just good to have him here, I know hell get a good opportunity to show what he can do here.

Breaking into the Blackhawks lineup is certainly daunting this season, given how many veterans they added this summer. But David Toews will do what he can to find his place in the organization.

Its a different situation, a little tougher, but you have to be ready for whatever comes at you, David said. Im happy to be here but Im obviously here for business reasons, too. I want to have a good impression on the people watching.

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.