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How Blackhawks prospects performed at 2019 World Juniors

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How Blackhawks prospects performed at 2019 World Juniors

The Blackhawks had seven prospects participating in the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, which was tied for the most of any NHL team. And they all had solid showings.

Here's a recap of how each of the seven players performed:

Evan Barratt, F — USA (Third round, No. 90 overall in 2017)

A breakout star in the Blackhawks organization, Barratt made a strong first impression with USA after scoring the game-winning goal, recording a game-high seven shots on net and logging 15:43 of ice time in their opening 2-1 win over Slovakia, earning player of the game honors.

Barratt followed that up with another good performance in an 8-2 win over Kazakhstan by registering eight shots on goal and having a plus-1 rating. But he was held off the scoresheet in the final six games, and logged only 10:46 of ice time in USA's 3-2 loss to Finland in the gold medal game.

He did, however, rank second on the team with 25 shots on goal in seven total games, which is a positive. Barratt isn't known for being a highly-skilled offensive player despite his terrific numbers (29 points in 17 games) at Penn State this season, so it's hard to judge him strictly by that. He's the kind of player who does a lot of little things right that don't appear on the scoresheet, such as going to the greasy areas and bringing a physical element to the game.

In the faceoff department, Barratt ranked third on USA and 15th overall with a 52.0 win percentage. That's encouraging.

All in all, being a part of this tournament should serve as a great learning experience for Barratt, who can take what he learned back to college with him and eventually Blackhawks training camp next September.

Adam Boqvist, D — Sweden (First round, No. 8 overall in 2018)

Boqvist went into the tournament on a hot streak, having scored eight goals in his past eight games with the London Knights. He was expected to play a big role for Sweden as one of the youngest players — he turned 18 in August — and he did just that.

The Blackhawks' top prospect had four points (one goal, three assists) in five games, tied a team-high with a plus-4 rating, ranked second with 20 shots on goal and averaged 19:27 of ice time, which ranked third on Sweden.

The highlight of his tournament came when he scored the game-winning goal in overtime to beat USA 5-4:

MacKenzie Entwistle, F — Canada (Third round, No. 69 overall in 2017)

Entwistle started the tournament as Canada's 13th forward. And then he became a permanent fixture on their fourth line because of his contributions on offense and the role he played on the penalty kill.

Entwistle scored a goal in each of the first three games for Canada and had a plus-4 rating. He averaged only 8:25 of ice time per game, but certainly made the most of it when he was on the ice.

Here's his third goal of the tournament against the Czech Republic:

After the tournament ended, Entwistle was part of a big OHL deal. He was traded from the Hamilton Bulldogs to the Guelph Storm in the OHL for five draft picks.

Jakub Galvas, D — Czech Republic (Fifth round, No. 150 overall in 2017)

This was Galvas' second appearance at the World Juniors and he served as the alternate captain for the Czech Republic, playing a leadership role both on and off the ice.

He's not the kind of defenseman that will light up the scoresheet. He registered one assist, had a minus-2 rating and five shots on goal in five games. 

Where his value comes into play is the heavy minutes he eats. Galvas led his country in ice time per game (21:33); only three other skater averaged more than 19 minutes.

He played in all situations and was the Czech Republic's rock on the back end.

Henri Jokiharju, D — Finland (First round, No. 29 overall in 2017)

The Blackhawks loaned Jokiharju to Finland because they felt participating in this tournament would be beneficial for his development. His strong display reaffirmed that he's one of the top players at his age group and belongs in the NHL.

Jokiharju had two goals, three assists, a plus-6 rating, tied for second on the team with 24 shots on goal and average 22:32 of ice time, which ranked second on Finland. Both of his goals were scored on the power play. Here's a look at his first:

Jokiharju assisted on the game-winning goal with 1:12 left as Finland beat USA 3-2 to capture the gold medal. At the end of the tournament, he was voted one of Finland's three best players by the coaches. The Blackhawks have to be pleased with his tournament, and are equally excited to have him back.

Philipp Kurashev, F — Switzerland (Fourth round, No. 120 overall in 2018)

If you're wondering which Blackhawks player stood out the most, it's Kurashev and it's not even close. He was Switzerland's best player every night.

In seven games, Kurashev had a tournament-leading six goals, seven points, led his country with 28 shots on goal and averaged 19:56 of ice time, which ranked third on the team and first among forwards. Four of his goals came on the power play and one was a game-winner.

Kurashev also netted a hat trick in a 4-0 win over Denmark and was named player of the game for Switzerland on two separate occassions, which help earn him tournament All-Star honors.

Here's his hat trick goal:

Ian Mitchell, D — Canada (Second round, No. 57 overall in 2017)

When you're on Canada, it's hard to stand out because there are so many great players. Mitchell didn't have a flashy tournament, but he was reliable and stepped up when his country needed him the most.

In five games, Mitchell had three points (one goal, two assists), a plus-6 rating, seven shots on goal and averaged 15:42 of ice time. His best highlight came in the quarterfinals against Finland when he scored his only goal of the tournament to put Canada up 1-0.

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Dave Bolland made another monumental play in 2013 playoffs before '17 Seconds'

Dave Bolland made another monumental play in 2013 playoffs before '17 Seconds'

Former Blackhawks forward and two-time Stanley Cup champion Dave Bolland is mostly remembered for the '17 Seconds' in which Bryan Bickell and he each scored with under 1:16 left in regulation to take a 3-2 lead and win the Stanley Cup in 2013's Game 6 of the Final against the Boston Bruins. 

Another remarkable play made by Bolland can be seen on NBC Sports Chicago's "Hawks Rewind" of Game 7 of the 2013 Western Conference Semifinals against the Detroit Red Wings on Monday at 4 p.m.

The Hawks had climbed back after being down 3-1 in the series, due to three straight losses, to force a game seven at the United Center. It was the last year the longtime rivals would be in the same conference. 

With 1:47 remaining in regulation, a Niklas Hjalmarsson goal, that would have given Chicago a 2-1 lead, was disallowed due to controversial roughing penalties behind the play for Brandon Saad and Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey. 

Things were looking grim for the Hawks, who had valiantly battled their way back, seemingly only to be cheated out of a victory they earned. Saad had been launched into the Wings' bench and picked up and thrown down to the ice by Quincey. The Hawks rookie forward received his roughing penalty for retaliating by barely swatting at Quincey from his back. The game should have been over.

Everyone remembers what came next: Brent Seabrook's beautiful overtime goal to propel the Hawks through the rest of the postseason and his yell to the UC rafters while being mobbed by his teammates after the fact.

Seeing the determination and fight that the Blackhawks had against insurmountable odds and the way they pulled out one of the most memorable goals and wins in team history, it was hard not to feel that the Cup was theirs already at this point, unless you were a member of the team that still had a lot of work to do.

"You can't really sit there and say, 'We're going to win this,'" Bolland said over the phone. "The Stanley Cup is a tough trophy to win, it has to be the hardest trophy to win out there. But we had a great team that year. I think we had a lot of leadership through Seabs and Tazer and Kaner. All the guys that went through 2010, we knew what it felt like. When you get that first feeling of hoisting it, you want to do it over and over and over again."

What fans may not remember is that Bolland unequivocally made a play to get Seabrook the puck and without him, one of the greatest goals in franchise history never happens. There's no certainty the Hawks would have won Game 7 without the OT sequence that unfolded either.

"That Game 7 against Detroit was a big game," Bolland said. "I know I went and hit (Gustav) Nyquist and Seabsy picked up the puck and had a great shot and put it in the back of the net for the 'W'."

"Hit" is phrasing it modestly. Bolland pulverized Nyquist, with a clean crunch sending him into the boards and down to the ice. The puck Nyquist was carrying found Seabrook, who skated it into the offensive zone and placed a wrist shot perfectly over Jimmy Howard's glove from the high slot 3:35 into overtime. 

Bolland was justly credited with an assist for his efforts. 

The play he made set the table for the goal that saved the Hawks' 2013 postseason life and gave them momentum and confidence they'd ride the rest of the way. 

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Ever wonder how "Chelsea Dagger" became the Blackhawks' goal song?

Ever wonder how "Chelsea Dagger" became the Blackhawks' goal song?

Ever wonder how "Chelsea Dagger" became the Blackhawks' goal song?

If you've been to just one Hawks game in the past decade, the team's goal song — the Fratellis' "Chelsea Dagger" — is still probably on repeat in your head.

Not only is it a catchy tune, but it's become synonymous with the Blackhawks' renaissance and decade of dominance. For the vast majority of the past 10 years, when Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and other already legendary Hawks were having big nights and playoff series were being won, you were hearing the "do do do do do do" chorus. 

In a Zoom conference call interview with NBC Sports Chicago, former Blackhawks intern Matthew Benjamin said he would work the song into the rotation during 2008-09 preseason games when he was controlling the music. 

"They were trying to do some other songs, and pretty much right from the get-go, give them a lot of credit for trusting me to run the music and trusting an intern basically three or four months out of undergrad, working for an Original Six team to try this out," said Benjamin, a diehard and lifelong Detroit Red Wings fan whose car with a license plate reading "WingsIn7" could be spotted in the UC employee parking lot while he was helping write Blackhawks history.

Benjamin had been playing the song for Hawks employees around the office before getting a crack at playing tunes for games.

Former president of the Blackhawks John McDonough and executive vice president — still with the team — Jay Blunk were at Madison Square Garden to see the Hawks take on the Rangers for the 08-09 season opener and came to the realization that the organization may need one standalone goal song after hearing the same one repeated in New York four times.

According to NBC Sports Chicago Blackhawks pre and postgame host Pat Boyle, prior to 08-09 the Hawks mostly played Joe Satriani's "Crowd Chant" and had individual songs for players like Jonathan Toews ("Johnny B. Goode"), Patrick Kane ("Rock You Like a Hurricane") and Patrick Sharp ("Sharp Dressed Man"). 

McDonough and Blunk polled Blackhawks headquarters and the overwhelming majority determined a lone goal song was needed.

Due to Matthew's persistence, the song made it into Pete Hassen and Ben Broder of the marketing department's top three. It was worked into games more and more, along with a Fall Out Boy and Gwen Stefani number. 

The Madhouse on Madison responded the most to the Fratellis' jam and the rest is history.

"When you see something . . . the work, the time you put into it and you see it kind of come together, you see other people enjoying it, it's a nice thing," Benjamin said.

As he told his story, there seemed to be some relief and closure for Matthew, who spoke very highly of his time with the Hawks, for finally receiving some acknowledgement in helping provide the theme song for the golden age of Blackhawks hockey.

"This is something that I've known that I've been a part of. I've told some people [but] it's pretty hard for anybody to believe me, It's not like there's a lot of proof," he said.

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