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2019 NHL Draft Profile: C Kirby Dach

2019 NHL Draft Profile: C Kirby Dach

From June 10-20, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile one top prospect per day — 11 total — leading up to the 2019 NHL Draft as the Blackhawks prepare to pick third overall.

Kirby Dach

Position: Center
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 197 pounds
Shoots: Right

Scouting report from Blackhawks vice president of amateur scouting Mark Kelley:

"Kirby Dach is a big centerman, a playmaking centerman, very comfortable with the puck."

Dach describes his own game:

"I’d say I’m a 200-foot centerman who is trusted in all three zones to make plays. I’m smart and skilled, a playmaking forward who also plays a big, heavy power forward game."

NHL player comparable: Ryan Getzlaf

Fit for Blackhawks:

The NHL has geared more towards fast and skilled players, but the Stanley Cup Playoffs have proved that there's still a place in the game for power forwards. Dach is someone who can play both styles.

At 6-foot-4, 197 pounds, Dach already has an NHL-type frame and will only get stronger as he fills it out. He also has a strong hockey IQ, which is always a positive when you can package that with your elite talent.

Dach checks a lot of boxes the organization may be looking for, including the need for high-end talent up the middle, but the question is whether he's the best possible option at No. 3.

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Blackhawks' Patrick Kane issues statement against racism

Blackhawks' Patrick Kane issues statement against racism

On Friday, Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane authored a Twitter thread against racism composed of four tweets that read as follows:

"Racism and injustice in our country must end.  

"As a white male in this society, I will never truly understand. But I want to help in this fight for change - and I know I cannot do that in silence. 

"I’m here to listen and to educate myself – but most importantly, to act. While I have so much more to learn and do, I was inspired by @jahmal_cole words, ‘What’s something simple I can do that will have a positive impact on my block?’

"Today, I’m contributing to Chicago’s own @mbmhmc (My Block, My Hood, My City) and @ASPChicago (All Stars Project of Chicago) and encourage others to learn more about the many inspirational and impactful organizations serving the black community.

"You may have seen this video already, but I think it’s important to share. It helped me begin to better understand systemic racism and open my eyes to the problems many may not be aware of."

Kane linked the following video, titled "Systemic Racism Explained", in his final tweet:

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Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews and Malcolm Subban participate in event for local youth

Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews and Malcolm Subban participate in event for local youth

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and goalie Malcolm Subban participated in a By the Hand Club event for Kids in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago's West Side Thursday. 

Per ChicagoBears.com, the event was coordinated by Bears outside linebacker Sam Acho. Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and receiver Allen Robinson also took part in the function, along with Cubs players Jason Heyward and Jason Kipnis and the Bulls' Ryan Arcidiacono and Max Strus. 

The pro athletes spoke with children and representatives from the By the Hand Club, BUILD and the Westside Health Authority. Chicago police officers also joined to help form "healing circles." 

The group then took a bus tour of the neighborhood led by Alderman Emma Mitts and a youth leader from the By the Hand Club. Congressman Danny Davis also spoke to the group. 

The By the Hand Club for Kids is an after-school program whose mission is "helping children who live in under-resourced neighborhoods have an abundant life."

BUILD — Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership — an organization focusing on gang intervention, violence prevention and youth development, strives "to engage at-risk youth in schools and on the streets to help them realize their potential and contribute to our communities."



The Westside Health Authority provides services, promotes wellness and development, and encourages and enables growth, engagement and positive change. Its mission is "to use the capacity of local residents to improve the health and well-being of the community."

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