CSN airs 1994 Blackhawks, Maple Leafs classic

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CSN airs 1994 Blackhawks, Maple Leafs classic

Comcast SportsNet will be re-airing Blackhawks Classics until the NHL lockout comes to an end. Tune in tonight at 7:00 p.m. for Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 24, 1994.

The lockout may have put a hold on the 2012-13 NHL season, but Comcast SportsNet is now bringing you the next best thing: mullets, perms, all-demin outfits, a hat trick and an overtime performance from Jeremy Roenick that is still idolized by hockey fans today.

The Blackhawks were down 2-1 in the series before taking the ice for their second-to-last time at the old Chicago Stadium for Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals, and the back-and-forth game that couldn't help but keep fans on the edge of their seats.

Gary Suter recorded a hat trick--becoming only the second defenseman in Blackhawks history to do so during a postseason game--that left Chicago tied with Montreal at the end of regulation.

"The atmosphere was electric, as was almost every game in the Chicago Stadium," CSN Chicago executive producer John Schippman said, who was in attendance at the 1994 game. "But it was different knowing if the Blackhawks lost, it could possibly be the last Blackhawks game ever played there.

"Back in 1994, the Blackhawks were still a top draw in the city, despite competing with the still popular Jordan-less Bulls. I think the die-hard fans really soaked in that game and entire season and playoff series knowing attending a game at the stadium was ending."

Just minutes into overtime, Roenick scored the game-winning goal that gave the team another chance to play at their home rink, providing fans with one of the most exciting goals in Blackhawks history.

"My favorite memory was after Roenick scored the goal," Schippman said. "It happened so fast after a turnover by the Leafs.

"But it wasn't so much the actual goal, rather the celebration that followed. Roenick dropped to his knees and slid down the ice, reminding me of a famous Theo Fleury goal from the 1980s when he was with Calgary."

Other Blackhawks fans also shared their favorite moments and what they're most excited to watch for during tonight's re-airing of the game:

The Blackhawks went on to play one more playoff game at the Chicago Stadium, but Roenick's overtime goal was the last point the team scored before leaving the rink they called home. Although they dropped the series to the Maple Leafs, the Blackhawks' Game 4 performance is one that will always go down in history.

Join in on the conversation during tonight's game by using HawksClassics on Twitter.

Jim Thome: Getting into baseball Hall of Fame would be indescribable

Jim Thome: Getting into baseball Hall of Fame would be indescribable

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Normally upbeat and positive, Jim Thome can’t help but beam with pride when asked about his Hall of Fame candidacy.

Thome, who blasted 612 career home runs, including 134 with the White Sox, is eligible for induction for the first time in 2018. Even though he’s expected by many to one day be voted into Cooperstown, perhaps even in his first year, Thome said he’s merely honored to be on the ballot. Thome is joined on the ballot by Chipper Jones and former teammate Omar Vizquel, among others. Voting begins in December and the results will be announced next January.

“To even be on the ballot and thought of, it would be the greatest honor I think you could get,” Thome said. “Or if you get an opportunity to go into the greatest fraternity baseball has or created, it would be indescribable. How do you ever think as a kid or a high school player or even going through the minor leagues, that you’d play at the big leagues that long? And then to get an opportunity at the end of your career to be put on the ballot is so great.

“That would be the coolest moment ever.”

Thome – who is in White Sox camp as a special assistant to the general manager – provided plenty of big moments in a career that spanned 22 seasons. He hit 30 home runs in 12 of 13 seasons between 1996-2008, leading the league with 47 in 2003. The slugger was a five-time All-Star and produced 72.9 b-Wins Above Replacement.

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Thome isn’t as superstitious about his candidacy as others previously have been. He won’t be the guy to bring up the topic, but the Peoria, Ill.-native doesn’t shy away from discussing it, either.

“It’s not something you talk a lot about,” Thome said. “We’re not going to bring it up. But when people do bring it up, there’s a sense of pride, a sense of ‘Wow, baseball has thought that highly to put you on the ballot.’ And the fact that there’s just this wonderful fraternity of incredible players that you could be a part of, if you’re chosen.”

Cubs manager Joe Maddon misses his chance to guest-star in ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’

Cubs manager Joe Maddon misses his chance to guest-star in ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’

MESA, Ariz. – This is a big bowl of wrong: Cubs manager Joe Maddon might have missed his only window to make the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" cameo appearance Jeff Garlin promised. 

Garlin – a Second City alumnus and one of several celebrity fans within the team's orbit – had offered Maddon a role whenever Larry David brought the band back together for the loosely scripted HBO comedy.

But last week's Cactus League media event at the Arizona Biltmore conflicted with filming in Southern California, where "Curb Your Enthusiasm" is working on a ninth season after a five-year hiatus.

"There was one matchup, and I couldn't get there," Maddon said before Sunday's World Series rematch against the Cleveland Indians at Sloan Park. "I just couldn't do it. It'll happen."

During an all-over-the-place session with reporters that lasted 20-plus minutes, Maddon declined to make any Oscar predictions, saying he's into Netflix and Hulu now and doesn't really go to the movies anymore.

Maddon also hasn't watched much – or any – of the World Series highlights or documentaries. When it came to the handling Aroldis Chapman part, there were some boos inside Chicago's Civic Opera House during the premiere of Major League Baseball's "The 2016 World Series."

But Maddon said he basically skipped that type of content after being Mike Scioscia's bench coach for the 2002 Anaheim Angels and managing the Tampa Bay Rays to the 2008 World Series.

"You get busy and I don't know," Maddon said. "I need to start reading more and watching Netflix less."

Didn't you say that last spring?

"I did," Maddon said.

Maddon had been addicted to cable news during last year's polarizing presidential campaign: "But, damn, it's gotten really annoying, so I stopped watching all that stuff. It's just not good for your brain. It's really not. There's nothing to be gained."

When Maddon starts rolling, it's not hard to picture him in a scene with David and J.B. Smoove. Shaquille O'Neal, John McEnroe and Bill Buckner are among the sports figures with "Curb Your Enthusiasm" credits.

"That was the only day, so I don't know how we're going to figure this out," Maddon said. "First, they had one day set up, and that was going to be good. And then they had to change it to this other day, which was not good. So we'll have to (come up with something else), even if it's maybe a picture on the wall or a phone call."