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Blackhawks: Michal Rozsival nominated for 2016 Masterton Trophy

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Blackhawks: Michal Rozsival nominated for 2016 Masterton Trophy

The Chicago chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association nominated Michal Rozsival for the 2016 Masterton Trophy, annually awarded to a player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to ice hockey."

The 37-year-old Blackhawks defenseman fractured his ankle in the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs, and, instead of retiring, re-signed on a one-year deal over the offseason to prove that he still has something left in the tank.

And he does.

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Rozsival returned to the ice last November, and has found himself to be a fixture on the bottom pairing of the blue line.

Only two other Blackhawks have won the award: Pit Martin in 1969-70 and Bryan Berard in 2003-04.

The top-three vote-getters, in a poll by PHWA members, will be named finalists, with the winner to be announced at the NHL Awards in June.

 

 

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

The Blackhawks have banned the four fans — who were ejected from Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals for their racist remarks towards Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly — from future home games.

On Monday, a Blackhawks spokesperson released this statement:

We have contacted the select individuals involved in the incident on Saturday to notify them that they are no longer welcome at our home games. Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks also wanted to remind fans that they can alert security at the United Center by texting the following to 69050: UCASSIST <SPACE> followed by the seating section, row and a brief description of the issue.

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

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

The Blackhawks dealt defenseman Michal 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.