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Raanta’s Opportunity Knocks

There is plenty of talk about how tight the Blackhawks' roster is this season both on offense and defense, but one Ice Hog knows it's only a matter of time until he suits up in the NHL. Antti Raanta was acquired by the  Hawks one a one-year contract and will be up for restricted free agency after this season. He has the opportunity to replace goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin, who is up for unrestricted free ag ...

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Promising Prospects Open Season Saturday

The Rockford Ice Hogs kick off their season this Saturday in Texas against the San Antonio Rampage and we will get a good look at the Blackhawks' prospects in AHL action. Some prospects will not be with the team Saturday as the Hawks assigned goaltender Mac Carruth and forward David Gilbert to the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL. Additionally, Kyle Beach was loaned to the Swedish HV71 and 2012 first-round draft ...

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Prospect Watch: Nordstrom sighs, Pirri Waits

Joakim Nordstrom must have been a nervous wreck as he sat in the box for his Delay of Game penalty that resulted in the Blackhawks having to kill a 5-on-3 penalty very late in Tuesday's home opener against the Washington Capitals. In the moments before, the Caps had been firing away at Crawford and making Chicago's defense look exhausted in 5-on-5 play. To make matters worse, Sharp got tagged for Goaltender ...

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Development, Leadership the Focus on Hawks Prospects

The Chicago Blackhawks are set to kick off the NHL season Tuesday against the Washington Capitals, which means some Rockford hopefuls ended up back in the American Hockey League for the time-being. Forwards Jimmy Hayes, Joakim Nordstrom and Ben Smith along with defensemen Michael Kostka and Sheldon Brookbank made the cut to replace the off-season departures of Dave Bolland, Viktor Stalberg, Michael Frolik a ...

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Rockford Ice Hogs waiting to hear call-ups

With the NHL reaching a deal on a new CBA, effectively ending the NHL lockout, star players from all over Europe and North America will be heading back to their NHL squads. But even after those players return, there will be some spots open on NHL rosters. That's where the AHL comes in. As of now, the  Rockford Ice Hogs are sitting at a 17-16-1-1 record, which has them at only 11th place in the 15 team Weste ...

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Checkers Down IceHogs in Home Opener

It defiantly wasn't the start the IceHogs were looking for to kickoff their six game home stand. After jumping out to a 1-0 lead, the IceHogs couldn't get on track and fell to the Charlotte Checkers 2-1. It was a chippy first period that included nine total penalties, but the IceHogs got on the board first. The IceHogs took the lead when Marcus Kruger found the back of the net with 5:40 left in the first pe ...

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IceHogs Struggle on Opening Weekend

Don't panic just yet IceHog fans, it's only two weeks into the season. The Rockford IceHog's opened up their 2012-2013 AHL campaign over the weekend with two road games just down Interstate 90 to take on the Chicago Wolves. It wasn't exactly the kind of start the team wanted however, as they dropped the first two to the Wolves. Saturday the Hogs and Wolves battled to a scoreless regulation, and headed to an ...

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