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Blackhawks release 2015-16 training camp roster

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Blackhawks release 2015-16 training camp roster

The Blackhawks officially released their 2015-16 training camp roster, which includes 36 forwards, 21 defensemen and six goaltenders.

Patrick Kane is expected to be at camp, the Blackhawks confirmed Wednesday, despite the ongoing investigation.

Among those attending on a professional tryout basis include defenseman Jan Hejda, forward Daniel Paille and defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky.

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That list also features a pair of former Blackhawks forwards Jake Dowell and Tomas Kopecky, who helped bring a Stanley Cup to Chicago in 2010.

Michal Rozsival, whose postseason was cut short due to a broken left ankle, is also listed on the camp roster. He's currently an unrestricted free agent.

Training camp opens at the Univ. of Notre Dame on Friday at 9 a.m. CT.

Check out the full roster below:

Training camp roster
F Artem Anisimov
F Kyle Baun
F Bryan Bickell
F Radovan Bondra
F Daniel Ciampini
F Marko Dano
F Andrew Desjardins
F Chris DeSousa
F Jake Dowell
F Ryan Garbutt
F Ryan Haggerty
F Ryan Hartman
F Vincent Hinostroza
F Marian Hossa
F Patrick Kane
F Tanner Kero
F Graham Knott
F Tomas Kopecky
F Marcus Kruger
F Pierre-Cedric Labrie
F Mike Liambas
F Brandon Mashinter
F Hayden McCool
F Mark McNeill
F Jeremy Morin
F Daniel Paille
F Artemi Panarin
F Roy Radke
F Dennis Rasmussen
F Garret Ross
F Andrew Shaw
F Teuvo Teravainen
F Viktor Tikhonov
F Jonathan Toews
F Corey Tropp
F Dane Walters
D Mathieu Brisebois
D Kyle Cumiskey
D Trevor Daley
D Dillon Fournier
D Kirill Gotovets
D Erik Gustafsson
D Jan Hejda
D Niklas Hjalmarsson
D Sam Jardine
D Duncan Keith
D Nick Mattson
D Ville Pokka
D Dennis Robertson
D Michal Rozsival
D David Rundblad
D Cameron Schilling
D Brent Seabrook
D Viktor Svedberg
D Nolan Valleau
D Trevor van Riemsdyk
D Lubomir Visnovsky
G Mac Carruth
G Corey Crawford
G Scott Darling
G Brandon Hope
G Michael Leighton
G Mark Visentin

Sports Talk Live Podcast: Is Crawford ready to go?

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Is Crawford ready to go?

Jimmy Greenfield, Connor McKnight, and Matt Spiegel join Kap on the panel to discuss Corey Crawford back on the ice for the first time in 10 months. The Bears have good news when it comes to Khalil Mack, who injured his ankle against the Dolphins.

Plus, Fred Hoiberg announces that Jabari Parker is coming off the bench for the season opener.

Listen to the full episode here or via the embedded player below:

Niklas Hjalmarsson 'wasn't happy' about trade, but remembers time with Blackhawks fondly

Niklas Hjalmarsson 'wasn't happy' about trade, but remembers time with Blackhawks fondly

Apparently time doesn’t heal all wounds. 

Nearly a year and a half since being traded to the Coyotes, Niklas Hjalmarsson will return to the United Center ice on Thursday playing for the visiting team.  

“It’s going to be strange coming in as the away team and being in the other locker room,” said Hjalmarsson on Wednesday. “I bet it’s going to be a lot of emotions and mixed feelings.” 

This is also the first time Hjalmarsson has been back to the city of Chicago since he was traded, a city he called his “second home.” A home where he spent parts of 10 seasons, and never really planned on leaving.

“I wasn’t happy, to be honest with you,” said Hjalmarsson of the trade to Arizona. “I was shocked. It took me a couple days to actually realize I wasn’t going to play for the Hawks anymore.”

Including the playoffs, Hjalmarsson played 751 games in the Indian head sweater. Despite that and the team’s three Stanley Cup victories, the Blackhawks shipped him off to Arizona for Connor Murphy and Laurent Dauphin in June of 2017.

“You kind of let it go after a while,” he said. “Now I’m just hoping all the success for the guys over here too.”

Hjalmarsson was known for his toughness, repeatedly blocking shot after shot, giving up his body, while never missing a shift. He credits his long-time teammates — Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook — for a lot of his success and identity on the blue line.

“I couldn’t have had better role models coming into a team,” he said. “I’m very thankful to have played on the same team as those guys and created a lot of success together. We’re always going to be connected with the Cups that we’ve had.”

The third championship won by that defense-trio was on United Center ice against the Lightning in 2015, but that isn’t the memory that stands out most for Hjalmarsson.

“The first Cup is always going to be pretty special,” said the 31-year old. “Even just going to the conference final (in 2009), even when we lost against Detroit that year, the year before was great memories too. The first time for me going into the playoffs and playing deep.”

The tables have turned now for both Hjalmarsson and the Blackhawks. 

The Coyotes have yet to score an even-strength goal this season, while the Blackhawks have claimed eight of a possible 10 points thus far through five games and expect to have their starting goaltender back between the pipes. 

But you won’t hear any ill-will from Hjalmarsson, he’s still rooting for the Hawks.

“I always think that Chicago deserves to have a team in the playoffs,” he said. “It’s not that I wish them not to do well. It’s the total opposite. I want them to have continued success.”