Plans unfold for Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field


Plans unfold for Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field

Earlier in the week, we learned that plans were in the works to create an outdoor hockey tournament in Chicago at Soldier Field.

Now, for the first time in its history, the home of the Chicago Bears will be hosting the Hockey City Classic on Feb. 17, 2013, an outdoor doubleheader that will feature some of NCAA's top hockey programs: University of Notre Dame vs. Miami University and University of Minnesota vs. University of Wisconsin.

Game times have not yet been announced.

Before the start of the games, the Hockey City Classic will welcome guests by hosting two weeks of winter activities, including free public staking, high school and adult league hockey events, and availability of private ice rental.

All Blackhawks fans will hopefully receive an extra bonus as well. Team ambassador and hockey legend Denis Savard and team vice president Jay Bluck were on sight Wednesday to discuss details of the event. Their presence shows the Soldier Field location will serve as a practice run for Chicago to hold another NHL Winter Classic.

Back in 2009 when they faced the Red Wings, the Blackhawks played at Wrigley Field. But a future game at Soldier Field could hold thousands more people and incorporate a much wider fan base.

Here's a stunning look at how Soldier Field is expected to appear during the Hockey City Classic, taken by the Chicago Tribune's Brian Hamilton:

DePaul basketball program on the rise after landing 5-star recruit Tyger Campbell


DePaul basketball program on the rise after landing 5-star recruit Tyger Campbell

DePaul hoops received a huge boost this week as five-star recruit Tyger Campbell committed to the university.

The elite point guard recruit out of La Lumiere, will join the Class of 2018, choosing DePaul over schools like Michigan State, Illinois and Memphis.

"I like DePaul and honestly my coach (Shane Heirman) just went there and we have a great connection and he's always had my back," Campbell told "I like [DePaul] coach Dave Leitao, too. I like his program and he's an intelligent guy.

"Mainly what I like about the school is I want to help bring it back. I love Chicago; it's a great city. I want to bring the city a college back to cheer for."

Campbell also said the Blue Demons' new Wintrust Arena at McCormick Place Event Center, which is slated to open this fall, is a big draw for him.

The Blue Demons are a combined 18-45 the last two seasons and hasven't had a winning season since 2006-07 when they went 20-14 and made the NIT Quarterfinals.

The program last made the NCAA Tournament in 2003-04 during Leitao's first stint as the team's head coach.

Northern Illinois adds running back Fotis Kokosioulis


Northern Illinois adds running back Fotis Kokosioulis

Northern Illinois University added it's fourth known verbal commitment today in its growing Class of 2018.

Maine South junior running back Fotis Kokosioulis (5-foot-8, 165 pounds) added an offer from the Huskies on Tuesday after making a spring practice visit, and today he gave head coach Rod Carey his verbal commitment.

"I chose NIU because it's been a school that I've liked for awhile now," Kokosioulis said moments ago. "I like the facilities at NIU, the stadium and everything else they have to offer. I also really like all the coaches at NIU. I felt that even if I got more offers I would've still chose NIU over other schools. I know that there are bigger school and programs but I feel that I just fit in well at NIU, so I committed."

Kokosioulis, who was an All-State performer for the Class 8A state champion Maine South Hawks in 2016, is now the fourth known in-state verbal commitment for Rod Carey and the Huskies and the fifth known commitment overall. Kokosioulis joins Andrew defensive end Mike DeHaan, Plainfield East defensive end Jack Sullivan and Danville tight end Julian Pearl in the NIU Huskies in-state Class of 2018.