In this edition of Hawks Headlines, we take a look at a couple of player reviews, a jump in the number of youth hockey participants in the state of Illinois, and one famous broadcaster who got a chance to see the Stanley Cup in person for the first time on Tuesday night.
- We begin with news that the NHL is likely going to scale back to just two outdoor games in the 2014-15 season, rather than the six that they hosted this past year. Odds are that will be just the Winter Classic and perhaps one other game in an American stadium, but as Tracey Myers opines, less is more when it comes to the outdoor spectacle. [CSN Chicago]
- Scott Powers has been doing a series of articles reviewing how each Hawks player did during the season (our Player Evaluation series begins on June 30th), and on Wednesday he discussed Johnny Oduya’s performance. [ESPN Chicago]
- Second City Hockey is also doing their version of report cards, with some interesting stuff on how Brent Seabrook fared this season (a hint: his advanced statistics tell a far different tale of his performance than the eye test). [Second City Hockey]
- Chris Peters always has great stuff about hockey in the United States, and in this piece, he discusses how each state is doing in terms of youth hockey participation. Illinois is slowly moving up the list and is now ranked sixth in the nation. [United States of Hockey]
- If you’re familiar with the Hockee Night crew, you know that they host frequent gatherings of Hawks fans in order to raise money for charitable causes. On Saturday night, the crew will be at Galway Bay on Diversey raising money for a hockey player in Minnesota who has some hefty medical bills after suffering several broken vertebrae in a tournament recently. [Hockee Night]
- Finally, Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully got to finally meet the Stanley Cup on Tuesday night, and it was just about as awesome as you would expect: