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Blackhawks' Niklas Hjalmarsson suspended for season opener

Blackhawks' Niklas Hjalmarsson suspended for season opener

Niklas Hjalmarsson was suspended the final two preseason games, as well as the regular-season opener, for his hit on St. Louis’ Ty Rattie in Saturday night’s game.

Hjalmarsson was assessed a match penalty for the hit, which came with 1:05 remaining in regulation of the Blackhawks’ 4-0 victory over the Blues. In the NHL Department of Player Safety’s video explanation, it is noted that, “approaching with speed, Hjalmarsson launches up and into [Rattie’s] head, making significant contact with Rattie’s head.”

“Both players are low and in an athletic position. But rather than staying low and delivering hit to Rattie’s shoulder or chest, Hjalmarsson launches up, making substantial contact with his head.”

Hjalmarsson will also forfeit $22,777.78, which goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

This is the second time Hjalmarsson has been suspended in his career. He received a two-game suspension for his hit on Jason Pominville, then with Buffalo, in October 2010.

The Blackhawks face Detroit on Tuesday and St. Louis on Saturday to wrap up the preseason. They host the Blues in the regular-season opener on Oct. 12.

Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

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Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Adam Burish and Pat Boyle discuss which Blackhawks could be on the trading block and what players are building blocks for the Hawks future.

Burish also shares a couple memorable trade deadline days and his “near” return to the Blackhawks in 2012. Plus, he makes his bold trade deadline prediction for the Hawks.

Listen to the full Blackhawks Talk Podcast right here:

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.