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Blackhawks Hall of Famer Tony Esposito to be next featured guest on Inside Look

Blackhawks Hall of Famer Tony Esposito to be next featured guest on Inside Look

“Inside Look presented by Cadillac,” hosted by Comcast SportsNet’s Luke Stuckmeyer, featuring Tony Esposito to debut Wednesday, May 20 at 8:00 PM CT 

CSNChicago.com to provide additional web-exclusive coverage of ‘Inside Look,’ including extended video clips

Chicago, IL (May 11, 2015) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, continues to delve into the lives of some of the biggest names in Chicago sports with its candid, monthly, one-on-one interview series Inside Look presented by Cadillac

Debuting Wednesday, May 20 at 8:00 PM CT, Comcast SportsNet’s Luke Stuckmeyerhosts an exclusive one-on-one interview with Chicago Blackhawks Ambassador/Hockey Hall of Famer TONY ESPOSITO.  Esposito discusses everything from his youth growing up in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, with his Hockey Hall of Fame brother Phil Esposito, being claimed on waivers by the Blackhawks in 1969, his stellar 1969-70 rookie campaign, in which he won both the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender and the Calder Trophy as the league’s rookie of the year, his mental game preparation throughout his brilliant career, his return to the Blackhawks organization as an Ambassador in 2008, and much more.  

In addition, viewers are urged to check out Comcast SportsNet’s website, CSNChicago.com, for additional interview content never before seen on TV.  Fans will also be able to watch every Inside Look guest interview online after it debuts on Comcast SportsNet.  Comcast SportsNet will also re-air Inside Look with Tony Esposito on the following dates/times: Sat, May 23 at 8pm - Sun, May 24 at noon - Wed, May 27 at 8pm - Fri, May 29 at 5:30pm on CSN+HD - Sat, May 30 at 2pm - Sun, May 31 at 3pm and Mon, June 1 at 1:30pm.  Schedule subject to change.

Note the following quotes from Inside Look with Tony Esposito presented by Cadillac premiering Wednesday, May 20 on Comcast SportsNet:

ESPOSITO on being claimed on waivers by the Blackhawks in 1969:

“That was the best day of my life.  I remember it.  I mean I had better times, but at the time I said 'I got to go back to Montreal,’ and I really didn't want to go there.  It wasn't my…it was a different kind of living, it was mainly French culture a lot, and I was a Midwesterner, so I was kind of used to this.  I'd been there (Chicago) before, because my brother (Phil) played for the Hawks for two-and-a-half to three years.  And I came down to visit him when I was at Michigan Tech, and we had said 'geez, what a great place to play hockey,’ and he ends up getting traded to Boston and then the next year, then I come into Chicago. So, the only time I wanted to come to Chicago for another reason was when I played in Montreal against the Chicago Blackhawks.”

ESPOSITO on returning to the Blackhawks organization as an Ambassador:

“As you get older, you reflect more on things that have happened to you, and that was one of the nicest things that ever happened to me, and I'm sure to Bobby (Hull), Stan (Mikita), and Denis (Savard), because all of a sudden, you're old, and your hockey career is pretty much passé as an administrator or whatever.  When you get that phone call and they say they want you back with the hockey team, and it's just... it's just very gratifying and they didn't have to do that.  A lot of teams don't do anything like that.  But again, this is the Chicago Blackhawks, today's Chicago Blackhawks. They're innovative in everything they do, we're emulated all over the league, so they're ahead of the curve all the time here. And they brought us guys in and we try to do the job that they ask us to do, which I think we do well. We're just proud to be here.”

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Robin Lehner calls out team defense plus Mike Gapski on his 2500 games with the Blackhawks

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Robin Lehner calls out team defense plus Mike Gapski on his 2500 games with the Blackhawks

Another night and another awful showing by the Blackhawks team defense, and this time, Robin Lehner let the team hear about it. Pat Boyle, Adam Burish and Scott King discuss the Blackhawks' ugly loss to the Coyotes and whether there should be some more line mixing happening soon. Plus, head athletic trainer Mike Gapski took part in his 2500th game with the Blackhawks and he sat down with Pat Foley 1-on-1 to re-live his 33 years with the organization.

1:13 - The odd-man rushes are piling up against this defense

5:54 - Is the power play getting going kinda maybe a little bit?

7:43 - Should Jeremy Colliton mix up the lines once again?

9:20 - The Kirby Dach playing-time dilemma

13:45 - Celebrating Mike Gapski's 2500 games with the Blackhawks

17:00 - Pat Foley's 1-on-1 interview with Mike Gapski

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Chris Simms says Bears are a dangerous team entering Week 15

Chris Simms says Bears are a dangerous team entering Week 15

The Bears have completely flipped the narrative of their 2019 season over the last three weeks, thanks in large part to Matt Nagy's offense finally resembling the 202-level that was promised last summer.

It may have taken quarterback Mitch Trubisky a little longer than expected to arrive this year, but if his last two games are an indication of his development in his second season under Nagy's tutelage, the Bears have a bonafide quarterback. And it's been a while since that could be said.

"Mitchell Trubisky is hot, there's no doubt about it," NBC Sports NFL analyst Chris Simms said Thursday. "He seems so much more comfortable. Decisive. He's accurate with the football. Running around at the proper time. I don't think it was all Mitchell Trubisky's fault with the struggles of the offense, either."

Those struggles spanned the first half of 2019 when Chicago seemed incapable of sustaining drives or scoring points. It began with Week 1's three-point output against the Packers and continued through Thanksgiving Day when Trubisky finally got his mojo back, throwing for 338 yards and three touchdowns against the Lions.

With Trubisky clicking, and the running game receiving a jolt from rookie David Montgomery's productive back-to-back weeks (in which he's averaged more than four yards per carry in successive games for the first time all year), the Bears appear capable of beating just about anyone. 

They'll need to. If Chicago wants to keep their weak playoff pulse going, they have to win out. And that includes games against the Packers, Chiefs and Vikings. 

The odds seem stacked against them, and it's their own fault. It took way too long to get the offense going, but it's better late than never. 

According to Simms, the Bears are that team no one wants to play.

"They're a dangerous team right now. They really are."

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