<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Madhouse Enforcer | Chicago Blackhawks NHL Blog]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/madhouse-enforcer http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:00:38 -0500 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:00:38 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Blackhawks Player Evaluations: Marian Hossa ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:40:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/hawks_wild-4-30.jpg
Madhouse Enforcer continues its series of player evaluations by profiling winger Marian Hossa, who scored 30 goals while finishing in the top five in Selke voting for the Chicago Blackhawks in the...

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks to Appear 20 Times on National TV in 2014-15]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:37:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP951214797254.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks released their national TV schedule on Tuesday morning, and they will appear on NBC and NBCSN 20 times during the 2014-15 season.

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<![CDATA[5 Storylines That Emerged from Blackhawks Convention]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:19:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/495444875.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks' Convention has come and gone, but there were five stories from the weekend that could reverberate through the rest of the offseason.

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<![CDATA[Hawks Headlines: Oduya Broke Foot in Game 7]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:07:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/johnny+oduya+game+face.jpg
In this edition of Hawks Headlines, we put a bow on the annual Chicago Blackhawks Convention, and we take a look at how some of the team's prospects performed last week in their development camp.

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<![CDATA["Captain Serious" Tranforms Into "Captain Selfie"]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:29:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Toews_selfie.jpg
Jonathon Toews is an no-nonsense kind of guy, which is why he's the perfect player to lead the Chicago Blackhawks.]]>
<![CDATA[Hawks Upbeat But Face Tough Questions at Fan Convention]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:26:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/sharp_convention.jpg
The Blackhawks began their fan annual convention Friday at the Hilton Chicago with plenty to be upbeat about, but also a lot of uncertainty.]]>
<![CDATA[Blackhawks Player Evaluations: Niklas Hjalmarsson]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:02:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/blackhawks-red-wings-G4-2.jpg
Niklas Hjalmarsson may not have won the Norris Trophy that Duncan Keith has, but you'd find few Chicago Blackhawks observers who weren't blown away by his 2013-14 season.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Convention: 5 Must-See Events]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:06:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/toews-10-29.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks' annual convention has become a must-attend event for fans, but which panels should you check out? We have our must-see list as things get underway at the Chicago Hilton.

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<![CDATA[Jonathan Toews: "It's an Amazing Feeling"]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:44:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000008021087_1200x675_306174531936.jpg
The Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews speaks to the press for first time since he inked an eight-year contract extension with the team.]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick Kane: "I'm Humbled to Be Up Here"]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:45:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000008021217_1200x675_306177091510.jpg
The Blackhawks' Patrick Kane speaks to the press for first time since he inked an eight-year extension with the team.]]>
<![CDATA[Kane, Toews Optimistic About Hawks' Future]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:45:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Kane+Toews.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks held a press conference on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the contract extensions Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews recently signed, and both players expressed optimism about the...

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Hire Kevin Dineen as Assistant Coach ]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:15:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/131525882.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks hired Kevin Dineen as the team's new assistant coach on Monday to replace Jamie Kompon.

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<![CDATA[Young Hockey Fan Attempts to Recreate Viral Kane Video]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:19:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/217*120/kane+mock+vid.jpg
One young hockey fan hopes he can play with Patrick Kane someday. He’s starting his training by attempting to recreate the puck-handling skills the winger displayed in a viral video last season.]]>
<![CDATA[Hawks Headlines: Johns Ready for a Shot at Roster]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:55:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Teravainen+new+getty+new.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks began their annual prospect camp on Sunday, and we have profiles of a couple of the key players who will be looking to make an impression on the ice.]]>
<![CDATA[Blackhawks Fan Files Suit After Being Hit by Puck]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:19:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Patricia-Higgins.jpg
Blackhawks fan Patricia Higgins has reportedly filed a personal injury suit against the United Center more than a year after she was hit in the face by a hockey puck.]]>
<![CDATA[Oduya Reportedly on Trading Block for Hawks]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:15:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/177*120/blackhawks+coyotes+game+2.30.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks are looking to clear salary cap space, and defenseman Johnny Oduya may be on the block according to reports coming out of Canada.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Player Evaluations: Corey Crawford]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:36:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/164*120/487107459.jpg
We continue our series of Chicago Blackhawks Player Evaluations today by examining the performance of goaltender Corey Crawford, and what he needs to work on next season for the Hawks.

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<![CDATA[Hawks Headlines: Dissecting the Kane and Toews Extensions]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:39:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/493964749.jpg
In this Friday edition of Hawks Headlines, we take a look at what the extensions for Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews mean for the team, and what will come next for the Chicago Blackhawks.

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<![CDATA[Why Kane, Toews Deals Spell Changes for Team]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:40:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Kane+Toews.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks brought back their two biggest stars in Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, but their contracts likely mean a looming shake-up to the team's core.

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<![CDATA[Kane, Toews Sign 8-Year Extensions]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:31:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/blackhawks-bruins-G6-4.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks announced Wednesday that they had signed Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to eight-year contract extensions.

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<![CDATA[Hawks Headlines: What Is Richards' Role?]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:30:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/450396192.jpg
Will Brad Richards be the answer for the Chicago Blackhawks at second line center? That's one question we examine in this edition of Hawks Headlines.

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<![CDATA[Hawks Assistant Kompon Reportedly Leaving Team]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:39:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/168*120/478282081.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks will reportedly be searching for a new assistant coach, as Jamie Kompon has accepted a position with the WHL's Portland Winterhawks.

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<![CDATA[Hawks Prospect Hayes Will Skip Prospect Camp ]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:34:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/177*120/102421934.jpg
Chicago Blackhawks prospect Kevin Hayes will not be attending the team's development camp next week, according to reports.

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<![CDATA[Hockey Player Banned From Johnny's Ice House After Report]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:30:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/johnnys_icehouse.jpg
A hockey player at Johnny's Ice House said he was banned for life from the Chicago Blackhawks’ practice facility after speaking out about the management's response to a recent armed robbery there.]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Blackhawks Player Evaluations: Sheldon Brookbank]]> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 13:21:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/171593127.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks went into the 2013-14 campaign with several defensemen competing for playing time, and Sheldon Brookbank was one of the main competitors.

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<![CDATA[3 Hockey Players Robbed at Hawks' Practice Facility]]> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:55:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/johnnys_icehouse.jpg
A hockey player at the Chicago Blackhawks’ practice facility where three other hockey players were victims of an armed robbery said he was “shocked” when the facility’s general manager responded to his...]]>
<![CDATA[Teravainen Likely to Start Season in Rockford]]> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:48:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Teravainen+new+getty+new.jpg
With Brad Richards in the fold, it's likely that Teuvo Teravainen will begin the season with the Rockford IceHogs, and in all likelihood, that's a good thing.]]>
<![CDATA[Blackhawks Player Evaluations: Brandon Bollig]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 07:12:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/488495157.jpg
Brandon Bollig won't be patrolling United Center ice for the Chicago Blackhawks in 2014, but Madhouse Enforcer checks in with our evaluation of his final season in a Hawks' uniform.

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<![CDATA[Hawks Headlines: Richards Signing Draws Plaudits]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 07:11:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/450396192.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks weren't particularly active on the first day of free agency, but their one big splash did draw a lot of positive attention to the team.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Sign Richards to 1-Year Deal ]]> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:09:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/450396192.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks have been looking for a while for a second line center, and they may have found a placeholder for the spot as they signed Brad Richards to a 1-year deal.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Sign Peter Regin to 1-Year Contract]]> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:59:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/489681261.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks may not be in a position to make a big free agency splash, but they did retain one asset on Tuesday as they re-signed Peter Regin to a 1-year extension.

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<![CDATA[Central Rivals Improve as Hawks Deal with Cap Crunch]]> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:51:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/481226893.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks are coming up with ways to add depth to their roster while dealing with a salary cap crunch, but their Central Division rivals are making some really solid moves.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Player Evaluations: Bryan Bickell]]> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:32:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/450257639.jpg
We kick off our annual Chicago Blackhawks Player Evaluations today with forward Bryan Bickell, who had some serious ups and downs in the first year of his new contract with the team.

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<![CDATA[Bowman Says Saad, Teravainen Won't be Traded]]> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 13:25:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/465827509.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks may be looking to shore up areas of their roster, but if GM Stan Bowman is to be believed, they won't do so by trading Teuvo Teravainen or Brandon Saad.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Add 8 Players in Draft Saturday]]> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 13:14:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/187*120/172013968.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks added eight new players on the second day of the NHL Entry Draft, and the list was highlighted by third round selections Matheson Iacopelli and Beau Starrett.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Ship Bollig to Calgary]]> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 11:03:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/172*120/182616912-a.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks are being forced to make a couple of moves to deal with a lower-than-expected salary cap, and the first salvo has been fired as they sent Brandon Bollig to the Calgary Flames.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Pick Nick Schmaltz in First Round]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:29:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/175*120/137475960.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks moved up seven picks in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft, selecting Nick Schmaltz of the Green Bay Gamblers with the 20th overall pick.

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<![CDATA[Hawks in Cap Crunch with New NHL Salary Cap]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:39:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/01Stan+Bowman.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks have 22 players under contract for next season, but they will have to sacrifice at least one of those contracts as the NHL's salary cap was set at $69 million.]]>
<![CDATA[Blackhawks Re-Sign Morin to Two-Year Deal]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:05:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Jeremy+Morin1.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks have now re-signed all three of their restricted free agents, as Jeremy Morin has agreed to a two-year deal to stay with the team.

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<![CDATA[Top Blackhawks Draft Picks: The Final Four ]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:01:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Toews+Faceoff.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks will make their first round selection on Friday night at the NHL Entry Draft, but who is their greatest draft pick of all time?

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<![CDATA[Hawks Ink Smith, Raanta to Two-Year Extensions]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:22:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/452324639.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks may be looking to make a move at the NHL Entry Draft on Friday, but the first dominoes to fall were actually new contract extensions for Ben Smith and Antti Raanta.

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<![CDATA[Agent Says Sharp is Not on Trading Block]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:43:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/SharpOlympics.jpg
For fans worried about Patrick Sharp's status with the Chicago Blackhawks, his agent Rick Curran says that his client is not on the trading block.

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<![CDATA[Toews, Kane Likely to Sign New Deals on Same Day]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:08:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/blackhawks-bruins-G6-4.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks' two biggest stars will "probably" sign contracts on the same day, according to captain Jonathan Toews when asked about negotiations on new contracts for him and Patrick Kane.

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<![CDATA[Keith Named to NHL First All-Star Team ]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:50:09 -0500 Duncan Keith-Hockey-Winnipeg, Canada/Chicago, IL
Local look: As a child hockey fan growing up in Canada, his favorite team was the Boston Bruins who played against his team, the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Playoffs 2013.
Hyper-local tidbit: Keith was the Blackhawks second pick in the 2003 draft.]]>
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Local look: As a child hockey fan growing up in Canada, his favorite team was the Boston Bruins who played against his team, the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Playoffs 2013.
Hyper-local tidbit: Keith was the Blackhawks second pick in the 2003 draft.]]>

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith ran away with the Norris Trophy voting on Tuesday night, so it isn't much of a surprise he was named to the NHL First All-Star Team as well.

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<![CDATA[Duncan Keith Wins 2014 Norris Trophy]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 05:56:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/479583305.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks got on the board at the NHL Awards on Tuesday night, with defenseman Duncan Keith beating out Shea Weber and Zdeno Chara for the Norris Trophy.

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<![CDATA[Toews, Keith Headline Hawks' Vote-Getters at NHL Awards]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:45:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/451177164.jpg
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith won the 2014 Norris Trophy, but several of his teammates ended up getting some love from voters as well.

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<![CDATA[Patrick Sharp Reportedly Being Shopped by Hawks]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:46:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/459553361.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks could be looking to upgrade their second line center position, and winger Patrick Sharp could be dangled for help in that area, according to Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet.

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<![CDATA[Top 10 Hawks Draft Picks: #5 Eric Daze]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:38:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/183*120/1842243.jpg
Chicago Blackhawks fans didn't have a lot of players to cheer for in the early part of the 21st Century, but our #5 all-time pick Eric Daze definitely was one of the few.

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<![CDATA[Top 10 Hawks Draft Picks: #6 Troy Murray]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 00:12:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/494195081.jpg
We continue our countdown of the Top 10 draft picks in Chicago Blackhawks history with a familiar face to fans, as Troy Murray checks in at number 6.

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