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Former Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville given his own holiday in Broward County, Florida

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Former Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville given his own holiday in Broward County, Florida

Former Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville signed on as head coach of the Florida Panthers in April 2019 and it looks like the Floridians are giving him a sunny welcome. Mayor Mark Bogen, a representative of commission District 2 in Broward County, declared August 27 “Joel Quenneville Day.”

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Coach Q was the head coach for the Blackhawks starting in 2008, winning three Stanley Cup titles and compiling more than 700 NHL wins as a head coach. Quenneville was replaced by Jeremy Colliton in 2018, signing on with the Panthers on April 8, 2019.

We’re hoping Q is enjoying his time in the sunshine state.

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Dave Bolland joins the Blackhawks All-Decade Team

Dave Bolland joins the Blackhawks All-Decade Team

Throughout the 2019-20 season, NBC Sports Chicago will be unveiling its Blackhawks All-Decade Team. The roster will feature the 14 forwards, 7 defensemen and two goaltenders that made the biggest impact on the franchise from the 2010 through 2019 seasons.

Feisty forward Dave Bolland wore No. 36 for the majority of his Blackhawks tenure from 2006-2013, but there's another number Hawks fans think of when they hear his name: 17. With 59 seconds left in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Bruins in Boston, Bolland scored the 2013 Stanley Cup-winning goal 17 seconds after Bryan Bickell tied it for the 3-2 final score. 

Bolland was drafted by the Blackhawks in the second round (No. 32 overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft.

Agitator, energy provider and goal-scorer were hats "The Rat" wore as a bottom six staple for some very dangerous Blackhawks teams that were allowed to seamlessly roll four lines. 

As seen in several playoff series against the Vancouver Canucks, Bolland had the ability to throw the NHL's top players, like the Sedin twins, off their game. 

The two-time Stanley Cup champ (2010, 2013) finished with 168 points (70 goals, 98 assists) in 332 games with the Hawks before being traded on June 30 to the Toronto Maple Leafs for three draft picks. He played 15 games with the Leafs before he severed a tendon in his left ankle and missed the majority of the 2013-2014 season. Bolland became a free agent and signed a five-year, $27.5 million contract with the Florida Panthers, where he played 78 games in two seasons including his last NHL game on Dec. 12, 2015. 

Appropriately, Bolland received a roaring standing ovation for his "One More Shift" Friday, October 18 prior to the Hawks' 3-2 win over Blue Jackets in conjunction with the organization's 10th anniversary of the 2010 Stanley Cup championship team. 

Dylan Strome's return comes at opportune time for Blackhawks offense

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Dylan Strome's return comes at opportune time for Blackhawks offense

BOSTON — The Blackhawks will be getting a boost on Thursday when they take on the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. 

After missing four games with a concussion, Dylan Strome will return to the lineup and is expected to slot into his normal second-line center role in between Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane. And it comes at an opportune time for the Blackhawks, who have scored just 14 goals over their last seven games.

"You want to be out there, you feel like you're letting the team down," Strome said of his absence. "You're part of this team, so it's definitely nice just to be back with the guys. ... You want to be out there helping the team win and if they're already winning you want to be out there helping them contribute. Obviously I wanted to get out there and it sucks just watching but you gotta take the time to get better and ready to go now."

Strome said it wasn't fun watching the Blackhawks from afar, especially when the team was on the road, and it didn't make things any easier after his team got blown out in three straight games against Central Division opponents. He was also playing his best hockey of the season before he got hurt.

Strome had 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in his past nine games after recording seven points (three goals, four assists) in his previous 14. The Blackhawks are hoping he won't skip a beat.

"I thought the three-week stretch before he got hurt, it seemed like he was taking steps all the time," head coach Jeremy Colliton said. "Hopefully he can get back to that as quickly as possible. It provides offense of course for us with another center. I think defensively he's been improving. That's important obviously, especially if he's playing with DeBrincat and Kane. If they're able to get out of D zone, if they're able to force a turnover, they're extremely dangerous in those moments. If he can create more of those, it's going to be really good for the team."

The Blackhawks are facing a Bruins team that ranks No. 3 in goals for per game (3.61), No. 1 in goals against average (2.18), No. 2 in power play percentage (30.9) and No. 6 in penalty kill percentage (84.9). The Bruins also have the NHL's leading goal scorer in David Pastrnak (25) and the third-leading point getter in Brad Marchand (44 points).

Oh, and the Bruins haven't lost a game in regulation at home this season (12-0-4). The Blackhawks are in for a big challenge as they look to snap a three-game losing skid and win for only the second time in eight games.

"Obviously they've had a great start, building off their run last season," Colliton said. "Tremendous power play, very aggressive on the forecheck, very active with their D in the offensive zone. They do a lot of things well. It's going to test us. We need to perform well. I think it comes down to, for us, our habits, especially on the road. You need to have a good base, stop and start, manage the puck, find a way to create zone time for yourself, stay out of the box. That allows yourself a chance to win on the road."

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