Blackhawks' Desjardins hoping friends in Nepal found safe


Blackhawks' Desjardins hoping friends in Nepal found safe

Much like his Blackhawks teammates, Andrew Desjardins is doing everything to prepare for the team’s second-round series against the Minnesota Wild, which begins at some point later this week.

But Desjardins also has some other things, and other people, on his mind. Two of his good friends, Sam Caldbick and Cody Walter, are missing in the wake of the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal over the weekend. Desjardins tweeted a photo of his friends early Monday in the hopes that word will spread and someone will have information.

It’s been a tough time, and Desjardins is trying to keep his focus on the Blackhawks as much as possible.

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“Obviously I’m trying to go about my day and get my work in,” he said following Monday’s practice. “As of now I’m presuming they’re safe. I’m trying to hope, trying to think of the best right now.”

Caldbick, of Ottawa, and Walter, of Lively, Ontario, were last seen in Langtang National Park. Faye Kennedy, another Ottawa resident who was in the park at the time the earthquake struck, was found safe on Monday according to CFRA.

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Desjardins said he didn’t talk to his friends before they headed off to their hike in Nepal. He doesn’t know a lot of details, other than where they were likely last seen and they were probably heading toward Katmandu, Nepal’s capital.

“I’m not sure if they were with a bunch of people or if it was just those two,” he said. “There are circumstances I’m not aware of.”

Desjardins feels pretty powerless right now; it’s tough to feel otherwise. He’s hoping that by tweeting information out, word spreads and that Caldbick and Walter will be found safe.

“I just going to hope for the best and just try to see what happens here, see what the outcome is,” he said. “I just wanted to do my part by trying to make people aware and try to get [Walter and Caldbick’s families] answers – as well as myself, I guess.”

Blackhawks deal Michael Kempny to Capitals for conditional third-round pick


Blackhawks deal Michael Kempny to Capitals for conditional third-round pick

The Blackhawks dealt defenseman Michael Kempny to the Washington Capitals for a third-round pick. Kempny had seven points in 31 games this season.

Kempny, 27, recorded 15 points in 81 career games for the Blackhawks. He tallied an assist in Saturday's 7-1 victory over the Capitals.

Kempny signed a one-year extension through the end of this season back in May.

Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

After being on the receiving end of some racist taunts while he was in the penalty box during Saturday's game against the Blackhawks, Capitals winger Devante Smith-Pelly spoke publicly about the incident.

Smith-Pelly, a 25-year-old Canadian, reacted to the fans while he was in the box, going up to them from the other side of the glass. He addressed questions from the media about the incident on Sunday.

"I just heard some chanting, some, I guess, racially charged chanting," Smith-Pelly said. "You can tell by my reaction that I got pretty upset.

"What was said this time around crossed the line."

The Capitals released a statement about the incident:

"The Washington Capitals are extremely disappointed by the intolerant behavior extended toward Devante Smith-Pelly by a select group of fans during Saturday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. The Capitals organization strives to be inclusive and has zero tolerance concerning any form of racism. Such behavior is unacceptable and has no place in hockey or society. As such, it is crucial to confront such appalling conduct, and the Capitals extend their appreciation to the Blackhawks organization and United Center security for swiftly removing the fans from the game."

The Blackhawks released a statement after the game with a similar tone.

Smith-Pelly said this has happened previously in his career.

"It's sad that in 2018 we're still talking about the same thing over and over," Smith-Pelly said. "It's sad that athletes like myself 30, 40 years ago were standing in the same spot saying the same thing. You'd think there'd be some sort of change or progression, but we're still working towards it I guess and we're going to keep working towards it."

The Capitals released the full interview.