Hawks Headlines: Hjalmarsson, Keith Critical to Hawks’ Success

Also, are the Winnipeg Jets the new Columbus Blue Jackets?

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In today’s edition of Hawks Headlines, we take a look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ response to an incident involving a fan, beer, and Winnipeg Jets defenseman Adam Pardy on Wednesday night, as well as an update on how the Rockford IceHogs are doing this season.

-Following up on a story we covered yesterday, the Blackhawks issued an apology to the Jets and Adam Pardy after a fan stole his helmet following a collision that sent Pardy through the glass at the United Center. A fan also dumped beer on him in the ensuing fracas, and to his credit, Pardy didn’t escalate the situation. [ESPN Chicago]

-NHL fans are putting their money where their mouths are so far this season, with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews ranking first and second, respectively, in NHL.com’s jersey sales race so far this year. [CSN Chicago]

-Marcus Kruger and Andrew Shaw had awful years last season in terms of winning faceoffs, but with the help of Yanic Perreault, they are getting better in that category. [Daily Herald]

-Kim Wrona has a recap of the week that was for the Rockford IceHogs, and what fans can expect next out of the Hawks’ AHL affiliate. [Committed Indian]

-With two massive victories over the Jets in two games, could Winnipeg be usurping the role formerly held by the Columbus Blue Jackets as the Hawks’ Central Division punching bag? [Second City Hockey]

-His offensive numbers speak for themselves, but when it comes to Niklas Hjalmarsson’s improved play in that area of the game this year, Mark Lazerus wasn’t content with just looking at stats. [Chicago Sun-Times]

-Another defenseman who is really helping the Hawks put goals on the scoreboard is Duncan Keith, and Chris Kuc explains what has made Keith such an indispensable asset this year. [Chicago Tribune]

-Finally, in this newest excerpt from the upcoming book “One Goal II”, Patrick Sharp’s role in the team’s 2013 Stanley Cup championship is discussed. [Blackhawks.com]

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