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Blackhawks issue statement following death of George Floyd, mass protests

Blackhawks issue statement following death of George Floyd, mass protests

The Blackhawks joined the sports world and hockey community on Monday by speaking up in the wake of George Floyd's death and the mass protests that ensued over the weekend.

The full statement reads as follows:

The events over the past several days have been painful for our city of Chicago and the many communities within it. There is no tolerance for racism and inequality in our city and society.

We need to educate ourselves, have more honest conversations and acknowledge that we have a lot of work to do, beginning with our own organization. Chicago has been our home since 1926, and we need to work harder to build a more equitable Chicago for all of our citizens. We owe it to ourselves, our city, all of our residents and our next generation.

Our thoughts are with the family of George Floyd and the many others who have experienced similar devastating losses. Our thoughts are also with the many hardworking people and small businesses who have suffered over the past several days. We need to work together to move forward as One Community. The Chicago Blackhawks remain committed to that.

The NHL also released this statement on Sunday night:

As protests in both the United States and Canada in recent days have focused attention upon racial injustice for the Black community, the NHL stands with all those who are working to achieve a racially just society, and against all those who perpetuate and uphold racism, hatred, bigotry and violence.

We share the sentiments expressed by our players and Clubs in their calls for justice, and we encourage everyone to use their platforms and privilege for systemic change. In our own sport, we will continue to do better and work diligently toward culture change throughout hockey and endeavor to be mindful of our own shortcomings in this process.

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How Blackhawks rolled lines and pairings on Day 1 of training camp 2.0

How Blackhawks rolled lines and pairings on Day 1 of training camp 2.0

The Blackhawks released their training camp 2.0 roster on Monday morning ahead of Phase 3 and included 35 skaters: 18 forwards, 12 defensemen and five goaltenders. The NHL regulars skated in the first group on Day 1 while the taxi squad skated in a second session.

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One of the big questions going into camp was what the line combinations would look like. And we got them.

Here is how head coach Jeremy Colliton rolled out his group after the team returned to the ice together for the first time in 124 days:

  • Line 1: Alex DeBrincat — Jonathan Toews — Brandon Saad
  • Line 2: Alex Nylander — Dylan Strome — Patrick Kane
  • Line 3: Dominik Kubalik — Kirby Dach — Drake Caggiula
  • Line 4: Ryan Carpenter — David Kampf — Matthew Highmore
     
  • Defensemen pairing 1: Duncan Keith — Adam Boqvist
  • Defensemen pairing 2: Calvin de Haan — Connor Murphy
  • Defensemen pairing 3: Olli Maatta — Slater Koekkoek
  • Defensemen pairing 4: Lucas Carlsson — Brent Seabrook


The line combinations were very similar to what they were on March 11, which was the Blackhawks' final game before the league put its season on pause due to the COVID-19 crisis. The only change came on the third line, where Caggiula swapped back in for Hagel after being sidelined with a hand injury.

Collin Delia and Malcolm Subban served as the two goaltenders for the first group. Corey Crawford did not participate, although, as of this writing, it's unclear why.

Andrew Shaw (concussion) and Zack Smith (back) were not part of the training camp roster, but de Haan (right shoulder) and Seabrook (hips/shoulder) were and both appeared to be full participants.

Blackhawks release Phase 3 training camp roster for NHL's Return To Play

Blackhawks release Phase 3 training camp roster for NHL's Return To Play

On Monday, the Blackhawks released their Phase 3 training camp roster for the NHL's Return To Play program. 

 

Teams competing in the program's 24-team playoffs began training camp on Monday.

Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Corey Crawford headline the Hawks' camp roster. Seabrook hasn't played since December 15 after having surgeries on his right shoulder and both hips.

Defenseman Calvin de Haan was also on the roster after having shoulder surgery in December. Forwards Andrew Shaw (concussion) and Zack Smith (back) were not on the roster. 

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Blackhawks rookie Dominik Kubalik, who scored 30 goals before the NHL paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 12, was also included among the camp attendees. 

In the NHL's postseason tournament, the Blackhawks, who were at No. 12 in the Western Conference at the time of the pause, will face the No. 5 Oilers starting Aug. 1 at Edmonton in a best-of-five qualifying round.

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Western Conference teams will head to Edmonton's ICE District hub to prepare for the postseason tournament on July 26.

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