Blackhawks release 2015-16 training camp roster


Blackhawks release 2015-16 training camp roster

The Blackhawks officially released their 2015-16 training camp roster, which includes 36 forwards, 21 defensemen and six goaltenders.

Patrick Kane is expected to be at camp, the Blackhawks confirmed Wednesday, despite the ongoing investigation.

Among those attending on a professional tryout basis include defenseman Jan Hejda, forward Daniel Paille and defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky.

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That list also features a pair of former Blackhawks forwards Jake Dowell and Tomas Kopecky, who helped bring a Stanley Cup to Chicago in 2010.

Michal Rozsival, whose postseason was cut short due to a broken left ankle, is also listed on the camp roster. He's currently an unrestricted free agent.

Training camp opens at the Univ. of Notre Dame on Friday at 9 a.m. CT.

Check out the full roster below:

Training camp roster
F Artem Anisimov
F Kyle Baun
F Bryan Bickell
F Radovan Bondra
F Daniel Ciampini
F Marko Dano
F Andrew Desjardins
F Chris DeSousa
F Jake Dowell
F Ryan Garbutt
F Ryan Haggerty
F Ryan Hartman
F Vincent Hinostroza
F Marian Hossa
F Patrick Kane
F Tanner Kero
F Graham Knott
F Tomas Kopecky
F Marcus Kruger
F Pierre-Cedric Labrie
F Mike Liambas
F Brandon Mashinter
F Hayden McCool
F Mark McNeill
F Jeremy Morin
F Daniel Paille
F Artemi Panarin
F Roy Radke
F Dennis Rasmussen
F Garret Ross
F Andrew Shaw
F Teuvo Teravainen
F Viktor Tikhonov
F Jonathan Toews
F Corey Tropp
F Dane Walters
D Mathieu Brisebois
D Kyle Cumiskey
D Trevor Daley
D Dillon Fournier
D Kirill Gotovets
D Erik Gustafsson
D Jan Hejda
D Niklas Hjalmarsson
D Sam Jardine
D Duncan Keith
D Nick Mattson
D Ville Pokka
D Dennis Robertson
D Michal Rozsival
D David Rundblad
D Cameron Schilling
D Brent Seabrook
D Viktor Svedberg
D Nolan Valleau
D Trevor van Riemsdyk
D Lubomir Visnovsky
G Mac Carruth
G Corey Crawford
G Scott Darling
G Brandon Hope
G Michael Leighton
G Mark Visentin

Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals


Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

Four fans at the United Center were thrown out of Saturday's Blackhawks game for taunting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly with racist remarks.

Midway through the third period, Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box when fans shouted "basketball, basketball, basketball" at him, the Washington Post reported.

Here is a GIF of Smith-Pelly's interaction with the fans:

After the game, the Blackhawks released this statement:

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz also had this to say about the incident:

Cue Chelsea Dagger: Blackhawks blow out Capitals to snap eight-game losing streak


Cue Chelsea Dagger: Blackhawks blow out Capitals to snap eight-game losing streak

Win one game.

That was Joel Quenneville’s message during the Blackhawks’ eight-game losing streak, which finally came to an end on Saturday night.

How about a 7-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on home ice for a streak-breaker? Now that’s more like it.

Prior to Saturday, the Blackhawks hadn’t recorded a win in February — or a win at the United Center since Jan. 12. 

Though the Blackhawks will likely miss the playoffs for the first time since Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were rookies, a blowout win over the leaders of the Metropolitan Division Capitals had to have felt great.

"It’s a nice way to get over the hump," Toews said. "Sometimes you might just win a 2-1 game or just kind of grind it out, but it was nice for us to fill the net the way we did tonight."

Added Joel Quenneville, "Certainly feels 100 times better than coming in and trying to explain how we had a lead and were unable to sustain it. The complete 60 minutes, three periods the right way, more consistency in our game, way more pace than we’ve seen recently, composure with the puck, shooting around the net. It was fun but that’s one. Let’s see how we respond to this because there’s a lot of hockey left."

The Blackhawks are 25-26-8 with 58 points, and are 11 points out the final wild card spot, currently held by the Minnesota Wild.

Among the highlights:

— Seven different Blackhawks scored: Toews, Kane, Alex DeBrincat, Brandon Saad, Artem Anisimov, Nick Schmaltz, Ryan Hartman

— The Blackhawks are 74-6-4 in the regular season in which Kane and Toews both record a goal — and 41-0-0 in their last 41 games, according to NBC Sports Chicago stats guru Chris Kamka.

— Kane registered career assist No. 500, becoming the sixth Blackhawk with 500 or more. Kane is also the seventh U.S.-born player with 300-plus goals and 500-plus assists, joining Mike Modano, Keith Tkachuk, Jeremy Roenick, Pat LaFontaine, Joe Mullen and Phil Housley, according to Kamka.

"You think about the amount of great Americans that have played the game, how many players actually play hockey in the United States... Growing up all I wanted to do was play hockey," Kane said. "That means a lot, especially when you talk about American-born players."

— DeBrincat's 22nd goal of the season has him tied for the rookie-lead with Tampa Bay Lightning's Yanni Gourde. DeBrincat and Kane also lead the Blackhawks with 22 goals.