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Word on the Street: Blackhawks get super charged

Word on the Street: Blackhawks get super charged

Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011
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The Blackhawks get super powers

Meet "The Blackhawk." This character is the latest Stan Lee "Guardian" comic book character released from the NHL in anticipation of the All-Star game. Joining superheroes The King, The Penguin, and The Hurricane, The Blackhawk controls the element of wind. (NHL.com)

CubsSox rivalry goes too far

A suburban Chicago man was sentenced to three years in prison for blinding a man. The argument started when Cubs fan Boguslaw "Bob" Czapla and two of his friends disagreed with another party-goer about which Chicago baseball team was better: the Cubs or the White Sox. Sox fan Robert Steele lost his right eye and suffered a broken nose in the fight, only for defending his team.

Garza deal as good as done?

Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun Times reports that the Chicago Cubs are wrapping up a trade for Tampa Bay Rays starter Matt Garza. But CSNChicago.com's David Kaplan has been informed of alternative information. He says three major league sources confirmed that there have been discussions about Garza between Tampa Bay and Chicago, but no deal is imminent. (CSNChicago.com)

Bears playoff tickets on sale

The Chicago Bears playoff tickets went on sale today, but the supplies did not last long. The window to buy was very short. Ticketmaster confirmed that all the tickets were sold within six minutes of the opening. Tickets can also be purchased from NFL Ticket Exchange and StubHub. (ChicagoBreakingSports.com)

Too much love for Scalabrine?

Every time this guy steps on the court the crowd at the United Center goes nuts. But David Miller of The Deep Dish says that Brian Scalabrine is one of those players that fans love to love - despite the fact that he's not that good. But fans still cheer for him because he's a hard worker and never complains. (SB Nation)

Is Cutler ready to be playoff leader?

Jay Cutler will be making his first postseason appearance on Jan. 16 when the Chicago Bears take on either Philadelphia, New Orleans, or Seattle depending on the results of the wild-card weekend. Despite it being his first trip to the postseason, he is ready to be the leader in the huddle.

"My confidence really hasn't been shaken since Week One with all of the ups and downs that we went through," Cutler said. (Chicago Tribune)

Cavaliers hire homeless man

A homeless man in Cleveland gets his big break. The Cleveland Cavaliers offered Ted Williams a position to put his rich, velvety smooth voice to work. Team spokesman Tad Carper said that job could include working in the Cavaliers downtown arena, the Quicken Loans Arena. (Tribune News Service)

It's official: Blackhawks-Bruins to play at Notre Dame Stadium in 2019 Winter Classic

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It's official: Blackhawks-Bruins to play at Notre Dame Stadium in 2019 Winter Classic

It’s official: The Blackhawks are headed back outdoors.

The NHL announced that the 2019 Winter Classic will be held at Notre Dame Stadium, featuring the Blackhawks and Boston Bruins on Jan. 1.

"The Blackhawks and Bruins, two of our most historic franchises, will be meeting outdoors for the first time at the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "Notre Dame Stadium, with its capacity approaching 80,000, will provide an ideal setting for this ground-breaking event and will host the largest live audience ever to witness a game by either of these teams."

"The Chicago Blackhawks are honored to be participating in this marquee event at an iconic venue like Notre Dame Stadium," Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough said in a statement. "The University of Notre Dame has strong alumni roots in both Chicago and Boston, and, with an established rivalry between the Blackhawks and Bruins, fans will be treated to an exciting game in a unique atmosphere. We appreciate the invitation to the game and look forward to what will be a great day for both franchises and the National Hockey League."

It's the sixth time the Blackhawks will be playing outdoors, and their league-leading fourth Winter Classic. The Blackhawks are 1-4-0 in outdoor games, and are winless in three Winter Classic games.

Chicago's only outdoor win came against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2014 Stadium Series Classic, a 5-1 victory at Soldier Field.

Joao Meira spills the first news of the Fire's offseason

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Joao Meira spills the first news of the Fire's offseason

The wait to find out which players have their options picked up or declined by the Fire might still be a couple weeks, but the first news of a player move in the Fire's offseason came via Twitter.

Defender Joao Meira announced he won't be returning to the club in 2018.

Meira signed with the Fire just before the start of the 2016 preseason after being out of contract in Europe. The Portuguese center back signed a one-year deal with a club option for the second year.

After he played 28 matches with 26 starts in 2016, the Fire picked up his option. He became even more of a fixture at center back in 2017, beating out Jonathan Campbell for the other starting spot alongside Johan Kappelhof. Meira played in 30 regular season matches and made 27 starts, finishing fourth on the team in minutes played (2,412).

That Meira won't be back isn't a major surprise for a few reasons. First, he was out of contract. He was one of two players, along with Bastian Schweinsteiger, on the Fire's roster that the team had no control over for 2018. On top of that, the 30-year-old had made it clear that he wanted to be closer to his home and family in Portugal.

Meira's departure leaves a gap at the center back position for the Fire. Kappelhof, who enters the third year of a three-year guaranteed deal in 2018, and Campbell, who will likely have his club option picked up, enter as the only healthy center backs in 2018. Christian Dean was added in August via trade, but is coming off a broken foot, an injury that has plagued him before. His status for the start of the 2018 season is unclear.

Grant Lillard, a potential homegrown signing and a senior at Indiana, could compete for time at center back next season. He is one of the top rated players in the country for the Hoosiers, which are the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. While Lillard could step in from a numbers perspective and would add size to the Fire's back line (Lillard is 6-foot-4), he wouldn't be able to replace Meira's ability on the ball. Meira wasn't as effective of a defender as Kappelhof, but was arguably the best passer among the Fire's center backs and helped alleviate pressure at times.

This also opens up an international spot on the Fire's roster. The Fire went over the alloted total last season, but were able to put John Goossens and Jorge Bava on the disabled list to clear room. Meira's exit gives a bit more flexibility in that department.