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Adam Boqvist, Henri Jokiharju headline Blackhawks prospect camp roster

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Adam Boqvist, Henri Jokiharju headline Blackhawks prospect camp roster

The Blackhawks will get their first look at the next wave of prospects at development camp from July 16-20, which will feature each of their three first-round draft picks from the last two years.

Nicolas Beaudin, Adam Boqvist and Henri Jokiharju headline the group of 41 players, highlighted by 32 team selections, including all eight from 2018.

Other notable players attending: Jacob Nilsson, who signed a one-year contract in May after three seasons in Sweden, and Blake Hillman, who's the only player listed that appeared in an NHL game last season. Dennis Gilbert and Ian Mitchell also stand out, with the former expected to start the season with the Rockford IceHogs and the latter to return to Denver University for his sophomore year but could ink an entry-level contract with the Blackhawks after that season ends.

Alexis Gravel and Wouter Peeters are the only two goaltenders attending who were drafted by or are under contract with the Blackhawks. Gravel was drafted in the sixth round (No. 162 overall) in June while Peeters was taken in the third round (No. 83 overall) in 2016.

Practices will run from 1-5 p.m. next Monday-Thursday at MB Ice Arena, with a scrimmage wrapping up camp on Friday that will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Check out the full roster below:

Blackhawks' Alex Nylander and brother William providing meals for essential workers

Blackhawks' Alex Nylander and brother William providing meals for essential workers

During this time of a global pandemic where healthcare workers risk their well-being to keep us safe, and essential works do the same to keep business operating, many teams and athletes have stepped up to do their part and assist their local heroes. Count the Nylander brothers, Alex of the Blackhawks and William of the Maple Leafs, as the latest to chip in for the cause.

Alex and William have partnered up with local restaurants of Stockholm and Toronto to help feed frontline workers and those in need.



“We have partnered with some of our favorite restaurants so that healthy meals can be prepared and delivered to frontline heroes and others in need,” said William. “In Chicago, we are supporting local food banks," added Alex.

As Alex and William both prepare for the NHL’s postseason, the brothers hope to continue to provide and deliver meals to frontline workers and those in need while bringing awareness to COVID-19 in the process.

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Blackhawks defenseman Calvin de Haan skating in Ottawa a positive sign for Hawks

Blackhawks defenseman Calvin de Haan skating in Ottawa a positive sign for Hawks

The NHL has yet to formally enter Phase 2 of their Return To Play protocol, where players can take part in voluntary practices and workouts in small groups at team facilities, but with gradual reopenings across North America, players are slowly ramping up on-ice activities if rinks are allowing them to. 

One of the players that could give the Blackhawks a boost in the 24-team format is Calvin de Haan, who has returned to on-ice activity in Ottawa.

 

de Haan is a native of Carp, Ontario, just outside of Ottawa, and took to the ice just a couple days after the NHL announced its Return To Play plan officially. The 29-year old defenseman was placed on long-term injured reserve after sustaining another shoulder injury in December, forcing him to miss the remainder of the regular season. 



de Haan skated along with Islanders forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Ceci and Riley Brace, who plays professionally in Switzerland. Earlier in the day, Flyers star Claude Giroux also took the ice at the Minto Skating Centre in Ottawa. 

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The NHL hopes to officially enter Phase 2 in early June while reports say the NHL will not begin Phase 3 of the Return To Play plan until at least July 10.

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