Jake Dowell faced a difficult test attempting to stick in the NHL as a fifth round draft pick for a Blackhawks team on the rise.
But it paled in comparison to the importance of the test he took last year. Both his younger brother and father had been inflicted with Huntington's disease, a crippling condition in which nerve cells break down in the brain over the course of a person's life. The disease affects one in 6,800 people and there is no known cure.
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For years Dowell, now with the AHL's IceHogs, lived with the uncertainty of having a terminal disease, finally leading him to take the test.
Watch his incredible and inspiring story in the video above.
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:
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.