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Finding Joe Murphy: Former Blackhawk and No. 1 overall pick is homeless

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Finding Joe Murphy: Former Blackhawk and No. 1 overall pick is homeless

Joe Murphy is a former No. 1 overall pick, two-time 30-goal scorer and Stanley Cup champion. He's also now homeless living on the streets of Northern Ontario, which TSN revealed in a recent documentary titled, 'Finding Murph.'

He spent 15 seasons in the NHL, four of which were with the Blackhawks from 1992-96, and helped the Edmonton Oilers win a title in 1990. But the following season in 1991, Murphy's life began to change after taking a violent body check along the boards from Detroit Red Wings forward Shawn Burr.

"I do remember that he got hit very hard, to the point that I hadn't seen him have a reaction like this before," Murphy's ex-wife Julie said.

"Yeah, I definitely noticed changes," Murphy's sister Cathy said. "He was starting to do erratic things."

Murphy never quite lived up to the expectations that come with being the first overall pick and got himself in trouble on several different occasions towards the latter stages of his career, but his family believes a big reason for that was due to the head trauma he suffered as a player.

In the documentary, Murphy said he sought help from the director of NHL counseling after his career ended but "he hung the phone right up on me." Murphy was among the group of former players who were a part of the failed class-action concussion lawsuit against the NHL this year.

Here's what some members of the hockey community had to say about the situation:

Instant reaction: Jonathan Toews lifts Blackhawks past Blue Jackets in overtime

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Instant reaction: Jonathan Toews lifts Blackhawks past Blue Jackets in overtime

FINAL SCORE:

Blackhawks 3, Blue Jackets 2 (OT)

Snap judgments:

—  The Blackhawks didn't play their best, but they'll take it. Jonathan Toews scored the overtime winner for his first goal of the season after the puck hit off his leg from a Patrick Kane shot.

— The Blue Jackets were the better team in the first period. They led in shot attempts (22-17), shots on goal (13-10), scoring chances at even strength (11-5) and high-danger chances at even strength (3-2), according to Natural Stat Trick. But it was the Blackhawks who left the opening frame with a 1-0 lead.

— The Blackhawks took some uncharacteristic penalties. Andrew Shaw committed two of them, the second of which came in the offensive zone when he was whistled for interference. And then Robin Lehner got penalized for tripping late in the second period. 

— Fortunately for the Blackhawks, their penalty kill was terrific. They went 4-for-4 and killed off a crucial late third-period penalty to keep the game tied at 2-2. Lehner stopped all seven shots he faced with the man advantage.

Three stars:

1. Blackhawks C Jonathan Toews — Overtime goal, three shots on goal in 22:06 of ice time

2. Blackhawks G Robin Lehner — Stopped 37 of 39 shots for a save percentage of .949

3. Blackhawks RW Alex DeBrincat — One goal, one assist, four shot attempts (two on goal) in 17:13 of ice time

Must-see highlights:

—  Toews overtime winner 

— Caggiula goes top shelf

— DeBrincat buries power-play goal 

What's next:

The Blackhawks host the Washington Capitals on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Chicago.

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Blackhawks, as part of Magellan Corporation Women's Hockey Showcase, host clinic for female youth hockey players

Blackhawks, as part of Magellan Corporation Women's Hockey Showcase, host clinic for female youth hockey players

Four hours before the puck dropped for their Friday night matchup with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Blackhawks — in conjunction with the six-time gold medalist Kendall Coyne Schofield and the PWHPA — hosted a night to remember for over 60 female youth hockey players at the United Center.

The proceedings were highlighted by a pregame clinic for those 60+ skaters (ages 6-16) titled the “Meet Your Sheros” Girls Clinic, which was led by a gaggle of Olympians and served as a kickoff for the Magellan Corporation Women's Hockey Showcase. 

But the fun didn’t end there: after the clinic concluded, youth participants also attended a private meet-and-greet with their ‘Sheros’ and then the Blackhawks’ game later in the evening. They also received passes to the Showcase, a four-team tournament put on by the Magellan Corporation and Billie Jean King Enterprises that will be held over the weekend (and feature 35 Olympic women’s hockey players!) at Fifth Third Arena. The impetus behind the Showcase is to "celebrate women in sports and promote gender equality."

And tonight, to hear Coyne Schofield tell it, was all about the next generation:

“I think what’s so important about this weekend is — you guys are talking about the 2018 Olympics and how special that was — but we’re trying to create that platform every day, not every four years,” she told NBC Sports Chicago.

“We’re working so hard every day and, as you can see, one of the most important parts of this weekend is being on the ice with the young girls, the next generation, who [are] going to fill our skates one day and hopefully -- not hopefully. They will grow up knowing they can make a living playing this sport if they’re good enough to do so.”

The epic display of women’s hockey set to ensue this weekend will certainly aid in that mission, as well. Look out for further developments related to the tournament — it’s sure to be a thrilling and inspiring weekend, both for the present and future of the sport.

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