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Andrew Shaw on Blackhawks: 'Lot of good memories here'

Andrew Shaw on Blackhawks: 'Lot of good memories here'

There was no time for reunions, no time to see and talk to former Blackhawks teammates for Andrew Shaw on Sunday.

That’s the way it goes on the second half of a back-to-back. Just assume Shaw greeted the Blackhawks in the warm, welcoming way he did to opponents when he wore the Chicago jersey.

Shaw, who was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in June, returned to the United Center for the first time since the Blackhawks faced the St. Louis Blues last spring. Shaw was subdued before the game but was his usual self by the start of it, energetic and agitating. He received a loud, and standing, ovation from the crowd when the Blackhawks played a video montage for him in the first period. Shaw responded with a few waves and a sheepish grin.

“Obviously those are memories you’re not going to forget and don’t want to forget,” Shaw said prior to the game. “You just have to use them to inspire you to do it somewhere else as well, create the chemistry through the team and go out there and play hard.”

Shaw is currently playing on the Canadiens’ third line with another former Blackhawks forward, Phillip Danault. The Canadiens entered Sunday’s game in first place in the Atlantic Division by a wide margin – they have 27 points, and second-place Ottawa has 18. As much as part of Shaw’s night will be thinking about his time in Chicago, most of his thoughts are focused on Montreal’s excellent start.

“We have a great group of guys here and I think we’re capable of [success],” Shaw said. “We have, arguably, one of the best goalies in the NHL [Carey Price], a great defensive core and four lines that can play hockey. We have a great team and we’re going to keep building on what we have going here.”

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There was no big, friendly reunion with Shaw and his former Blackhawks teammates. Maybe that off-ice get-together happens when the Blackhawks go to Montreal later this year. Even though the Blackhawks didn’t really get to talk to Shaw, chances are they heard him throughout this game.

“I’ll go out there and play my game. That obviously involves trying to get under the skin of your opponents,” Shaw said with a grin. “I have a lot of good memories here. I made a lot of friends, made this place my home. It’s obviously tough to leave but with new opportunity comes new success. [I’ll] go out there, compete and have fun and bring what made me successful here to Montreal.”

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: It's time to be active in the change

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: It's time to be active in the change

Pat Boyle is joined by Charlie Roumeliotis, Scott King, Nick Gismondi, Slavko Bekovic and Tony Gill to discuss the George Floyd murder, the protests around the country and how to be an active participant in the change for equality for all.

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Jonathan Toews releases powerful statement on George Floyd's death, mass protests

Jonathan Toews releases powerful statement on George Floyd's death, mass protests

Chicago athletes — both former and current, including Michael Jordan — have been speaking out following the death of George Floyd and the mass protests that ensued over the weekend. Jonathan Toews joined that group on Monday, sharing a powerful statement on Instagram.

Here's what the Blackhawks captain had to say:

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A lot of people may claim these riots and acts of destruction are a terrible response. I’ll be the first to admit that as a white male that was also my first reaction. But who am I to tell someone that their pain is not real? Especially when it is at a boiling point and impossible to hold in anymore. It’s obviously coming from a place of truth. This reaction isn’t coming out of thin air. I’m not condoning or approving the looting, but are we really going to sit here and say that peaceful protesting is the only answer? There has been plenty of time for that, and if it was the answer we would’ve given it our full attention long ago. Listen to these two men debate. They are lost, they are in pain. They strived for a better future but as they get older they realize their efforts may be futile. They don’t know the answer of how to solve this problem for the next generation of black women and men. This breaks my heart. I can’t pretend for a second that I know what it feels like to walk in a black man’s shoes. However, seeing the video of George Floyd’s death and the violent reaction across the country moved me to tears. It has pushed me to think, how much pain are black people and other minorities really feeling? What have Native American people dealt with in both Canada and US? What is it really like to grow up in their world? Where am I ignorant about the privileges that I may have that others don’t? Compassion to me is at least trying to FEEL and UNDERSTAND what someone else is going through. For just a moment maybe I can try to see the world through their eyes. Covid has been rough but it has given us the opportunity to be much less preoccupied with our busy lives. We can no longer distract ourselves from the truth of what is going on. My message isn’t for black people and what they should do going forward. My message is to white people to open our eyes and our hearts. That’s the only choice we have, otherwise this will continue. Let’s choose to fight hate and fear with love and awareness. Ask not what can you do for me, but what can I do for you? Be the one to make the first move. In the end, love conquers all. #blacklivesmatter

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A lot of people may claim these riots and acts of destruction are a terrible response. I’ll be the first to admit that as a white male that was also my first reaction.

But who am I to tell someone that their pain is not real? Especially when it is at a boiling point and impossible to hold in anymore. It’s obviously coming from a place of truth. This reaction isn’t coming out of thin air.

I’m not condoning or approving the looting, but are we really going to sit here and say that peaceful protesting is the only answer? There has been plenty of time for that, and if it was the answer we would’ve given it our full attention long ago.

Listen to these two men debate. They are lost, they are in pain. They strived for a better future but as they get older they realize their efforts may be futile. They don’t know the answer of how to solve this problem for the next generation of black women and men. This breaks my heart.

I can’t pretend for a second that I know what it feels like to walk in a black man’s shoes. However, seeing the video of George Floyd’s death and the violent reaction across the country moved me to tears. It has pushed me to think, how much pain are black people and other minorities really feeling? What have Native American people dealt with in both Canada and US? What is it really like to grow up in their world? Where am I ignorant about the privileges that I may have that others don’t?

Compassion to me is at least trying to FEEL and UNDERSTAND what someone else is going through. For just a moment maybe I can try to see the world through their eyes. Covid has been rough but it has given us the opportunity to be much less preoccupied with our busy lives. We can no longer distract ourselves from the truth of what is going on.

My message isn’t for black people and what they should do going forward. My message is to white people to open our eyes and our hearts. That’s the only choice we have, otherwise this will continue.

Let’s choose to fight hate and fear with love and awareness. Ask not what can you do for me, but what can I do for you? 
Be the one to make the first move. In the end, love conquers all.

#blacklivesmatter

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