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Schuldt looks to brother for hockey inspiration

Schuldt looks to brother for hockey inspiration

Jimmy Schuldt doesn’t have to look far for motivation to keep playing hockey.

The sophomore-to-be at St. Cloud State just has to look in the stands most of the time. That’s where his brother Joe, sporting Jimmy’s No. 22 jersey, is usually sitting. Joe’s career ended prematurely, concussion and knee issues forcing him to quit hockey after his freshman season at Michigan Tech.

So now Jimmy, in a way, plays for both of them.

“That’s always been my inspiration,” said Schuldt, who participated in the Blackhawks’ prospect camp this week. “If I think I can’t push any further I just think about what he would do to be in my position. It’s really all the motivation I need.”

Jimmy said he and Joe both had physical games, especially when they played together in high school. Jimmy added that his brother also fought a lot in juniors. The concussions, coupled with bad knees, cut Joe’s career short.

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“Obviously it’s a physical game. His knees were bad, too; he had surgery on both knees. The way he played took a toll on him,” Schuldt said. “It’s really rough when someone has to cut their career short because of concussions.”

St. Cloud is about an hour’s drive from Minnetonka, Minn., where Schuldt’s family lives. So Joe goes to all of Jimmy’s games there, as well as when St. Cloud visits Duluth, Minneapolis and St. Paul. It’s tough that Joe can no longer play hockey but Jimmy plays – and is motivated – by his brother every time he’s on the ice.

“I always looked up to him, always try to play with the same grit he played with,” Schuldt said. “He’s wearing that No. 22 jersey and I always try to spot him in the stands. So it’s cool to see him there.”

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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.

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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.