Comcast SportsNet celebrates Black History Month

Comcast SportsNet celebrates Black History Month

COMCAST SPORTSNET CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Chicago, IL (January 26, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, celebrates Black History Month in February with four special feature stories highlighting prominent African-American athletes, teams and sports moments that will air every Sunday night in February on SportsNet Central presented by GMC at 10:30 PM. In addition, Comcast SportsNets newly-enhanced website CSNChicago.com will provide a pair of profile feature stories on two of Chicagos greatest basketball icons. Comcast SportsNet celebrates Black History Month is presented by the U.S. Marines.

Beginning Sunday, February 5 and airing every Sunday night in February at 10:30 PM on SportsNet Central presented by GMC, Comcast SportsNet celebrates Black History Month will present a new feature story highlighting the tremendous impact African-Americans had on the sporting world from a local perspective. CSNChicago.com will also make each feature story video available for viewing immediately after they air on Comcast SportsNet. Note the following Black History Month feature stories and air dates:

AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN HOCKEY (Sunday, February 5 at 10:30 PM): Well chronicle the history of African-American participation in the sport of hockey, which will feature interviews with current African-American standouts in the NHL today, including Blackhawks goaltender Ray Emery and Philadelphia Flyers RW Wayne Simmonds.

1971-72 THORNRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TEAM (Sunday, February 12 at 10:30 PM): Arguably the greatest Boys Basketball team the history of Illinois high school athletics. The Thornridge High School Falcons in Dolton, IL, led by Chicago-area basketball legend Quinn Buckner, won back-to-back state titles in 1971 & 1972losing only one game in those two seasons. Buckner, who won a national collegiate title with Indiana in 1976 and an NBA title in 1984 with the Boston Celtics, discusses the amazing run of that remarkable high school team.
MAC IRVIN (Sunday, February 19 at 10:30 PM): The Godfather of Chicago basketball, who passed away at the age of 74 this past December, was instrumental in the development of numerous NBA stars (including Kobe Bryant, Shawn Marion, Shaquille ONeal, Antoine Walker and Tim Hardaway) through his successful AAU program. His sons have carried on his legacy giving back to the basketball world, but his influence continues to carry far beyond his family. (NOTE: CSNChicago.com Bulls Insider Aggrey Sam will also pen an additional original feature story on the extraordinary life of Mac Irvin.)

FRED MITCHELL (Sunday, February 26 at 10:30 PM): A true gentleman in every sense of the word, Fred Mitchell was the first African-American sportswriter for the Chicago Tribune. His brilliant athletic career as a record-setting place-kicker at Wittenberg University, along with his decades-long devotion to helping those in need in the community, earned Mitchell a national collegiate football award being named after him: The Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award. Well take a look back at his life covering the stories that have changed the local sports scene, while examining the changes of African-Americans working in the media.

In addition to the Mac Irvin feature, CSNChicago.coms Aggrey Sam will feature an additional, original Black History Month themed feature story on yet another local basketball icon, Lloyd Walton:

LLOYD WALTON: A Mt. Carmel H.S. and Marquette University superstar whose brilliant mind and drive to help others earned him a Masters degree following his brief stint in the NBA. Walton will also be receiving his Doctorate later this year. Hes currently the NBPAs Midwest coordinator for the Rookie Transition program who advises players throughout the league on a variety along with being a standout motivational speaker.

Bill Dineen, father of Blackhawks assistant coach Kevin Dineen, passes away

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Bill Dineen, father of Blackhawks assistant coach Kevin Dineen, passes away

Bill Dineen, former AHL and NHL coach and father of Blackhawks assistant coach Kevin Dineen, passed away on Saturday morning. He was 84.

Kevin Dineen was not at the Blackhawks’ practice on Saturday. Coach Joel Quenneville called Bill Dineen “a tremendous man.”

“Everyone who had the privilege to meet Bill and be around him loved the guy. He was probably one of the most liked people you’d ever want to meet. Great family man; the kids are just like the dad,” Quenneville said following Saturday’s practice. “We had a good time with him on the dad’s trip last time. Seeing him at that stage and being around hockey again, it was fun to be there.”

Bill Dineen played for the Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings. He later was a head coach, mostly in the AHL. He was named the AHL’s outstanding coach twice and led the Adirondack Red Wings to the Calder Cup in 1986 and 1989. He also had an NHL coaching stint with the Philadelphia Flyers from 1992 to 1993, during which he coached Kevin.

AHL president David Andrews released a statement regarding Dineen’s passing.

“During his time as a player and coach, and in the values he instilled in his family, Bill Dineen created a legacy of greatness in the American Hockey League that still resonates today. Our deepest condolences go out to the entire Dineen family at this time.”

Brent Seabrook could return, but Jonathan Toews will miss ninth straight when Blackhawks play Stars

Brent Seabrook could return, but Jonathan Toews will miss ninth straight when Blackhawks play Stars

Brent Seabrook came onto the ice on Saturday morning, a welcome sight for a Blackhawks team that has dealt with a few injuries lately.

And while Seabrook's return seems imminent, Jonathan Toews’ status remains very much up in the air.

Seabrook (upper body) practiced on Saturday and could be available on Sunday when the Blackhawks host the Dallas Stars at the United Center. Toews (back) did not skate and will miss his ninth consecutive game. Corey Crawford (appendectomy) will also be out, with Scott Darling getting his fifth consecutive start.

Coach Joel Quenneville said he’ll see how Seabrook feels on Sunday morning before making a decision.

The defenseman said he felt good following Saturday’s practice.

“The lungs at the end were burning a little bit with Kitch,” said Seabrook, referring to assistant coach Mike Kitchen. “But just trying to get ready to roll.”

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Seabrook hasn’t missed many games in recent years — he played 81 of 82 games in 2015-16, all 82 in each of the two seasons prior to that and 47 of 48 in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.

“It’s tough. You want to be out there and want to be playing. It’s tough not being out there with your teammates and helping them out and battling with them so I think we did a great job (Friday) night,” Seabrook said. “Had a great game, had a chance for two points in overtime there but got one, which is huge for our group. I think it’s good.”

As for Toews, Quenneville had hoped the captain would be skating by this weekend. He said following Saturday’s practice that Toews could skate on Sunday. Whether or not Toews accompanies the Blackhawks on their upcoming trip to New York depends on what happens on Sunday.

“If he skates tomorrow, we’ll have a better sense of that,” Quenneville said. “We have to do what’s right, long-term, and make sure he’s 100 percent and ready to go.”

Quenneville said he saw Crawford, who had his appendectomy on Dec. 2, Saturday at the rink.

“He’s doing all right,” Quenneville said. “Being away and then getting back on the ice, it’ll take some time to get him back to square one. He’s excited about getting back into equipment soon.”

Marian Hossa and Richard Panik did not practice on Saturday but were just taking rest days. Both are expected to play vs. the Stars.