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Toews puts on a clinic in tonight's re-airing of a Hawks classic

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Toews puts on a clinic in tonight's re-airing of a Hawks classic

Comcast SportsNet will be re-airing Blackhawks Classics until the NHL lockout comes to an end. Tune in tonight at 7:00 p.m. to catch the 2010 Game 4 matchup against the Canucks when Jonathan Toews recorded three goals and two assists to put his team within one win of the Western Conference Finals.

The Blackhawks were entering Game 4 of the 2010 Western Conference Semifinals against the Canucks with all the momentum after Dustin Byfuglien stunned the audience by recording a hat trick in Game 3. Luckily for Chicago, the three-goal trend didn't end there.

Jonathan Toews followed in Big Buff's footsteps, recording three goals and two assists in Game 4, leading his team to their 7-4 victory over Vancouver. His five-point night tied a team record for points in a playoff game, originally accomplished by Stan Mikita in 1973 and Steve Larmer in 1990.

Toews spoke with NHL.com after the game:

"It was one of those nights where you get some chances and you throw it on net and it happens to go in. It's nice to get those breaks. You work hard and don't always expect to get lucky like that."

But the 22-year old captain's luck continued as his 18 playoff points led the league above both Johan Franzen and Sidney Crosby, who each recorded 17 points in the postseason.

Need more reasons to watch? Here are some additional memorable moments from the 2009-10 campaign:
The Blackhawks set a team record with 23 road wins that season.Chicago won all three games played in Vancouver during the 2010 semifinals.The Blackhawks beat the Canucks in the conference semifinals in 2009 and 2010.Teows led his team in assists and points in the series against Vancouver.Patrick Sharp had a playoff career-high four points in Game 4.Duncan Keith set a career-high in goals, assists and points that season.Kris Versteeg had two game-winning goals in the series against the Canucks.So throw on your jersey, invite your friends over and relive this exciting game tonight since this is the most NHL action we may see for a while. Besides, you're not going to want to go out in tonight's windy, snowy mess anyways.
Join the conversation during tonight's game by using HawksClassics on Twitter.

All eyes on Blackhawks defensemen as prospect camp opens

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All eyes on Blackhawks defensemen as prospect camp opens

The second wave of Blackhawks defensemen is on the way. That's exactly where all the attention was when prospect camp opened up Monday at MB Ice Arena.

Nicolas Beaudin. Adam Boqvist. Henri Jokiharju. Ian Mitchell. Call it the Big Four. Where are they all at in their development? When will they be ready to make an NHL impact? Who's the most pro ready? 

Lots of questions. Those will slowly start to get answered and it begins now.

While there may not necessarily be an open competition among the group right away, there's certainly a desire to make a strong first impression in front of the upper brass that included Stan Bowman, John McDonough and Joel Quenneville watching on Day 1.

"Every NHL team has a lot of good defensemen prospects, so I mean obviously when you want to go out there you want to showcase yourself as best as you can," Mitchell said. "Obviously you want to be the best defenseman here so that's my goal going into this, I want to prove to everyone that I'm a good defenseman, I deserve to play at the next level. Obviously there's lots of good players here, but you're trying to all succeed."

Said Beaudin: "There's a lot of competition. There's a lot of good, young defensemen. I think you just need to be different when you play when you show what you can do."

Said Boqvist: "I'm trying to be better every day. Of course I will play in the NHL one day and win Stanley Cups, so that's my mindset."

The theme? Focus on your own game, take what you learn out of this week and apply those tools in your game when advancing your development next season. The rest will take care of itself.

Mitchell will go back to Denver for his sophomore campaign to continue his development. Beaudin is expected to return to the QMJHL with the Drummondville Voltigeurs. Boqvist signed with the OHL's London Knights, where he will look to get accustomed to the North American style of play.

For Jokiharju, the goal is different. This is his second development camp. He signed an entry-level contract in June. Making the big club is a real goal and a legitimate possibility for a Blackhawks team looking for young, impact defensemen immediately.

"I think if Henri has a really good summer of training, comes into camp, I certainly thinks he gets a good look," Blackhawks vice president of amateur scouting Mark Kelley told NBC Sports Chicago last month.

Jokiharju showed poise and confidence with and without the puck during drills, like someone who knows this is only the first step towards that ultimate goal.

"Yeah," Jokiharju responded when asked if the expectation is to make it to the NHL this season. "You want to set the bar high, you don't want to set the bar too low. I want to dream big and that's the dream."

That's the dream for everyone. When that happens, it's up to them. This week is a chance to set an early tone.

Former Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery dies in early morning drowning

Former Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery dies in early morning drowning

Former Blackhawks goaltender Ray Emery was identified as the victim in an early morning drowning on Sunday at the Hamilton Harbour, Hamilton Police confirmed. He was 35.

According to the Hamilton Spectator, Emery and his friends jumped in the water around 6:30 a.m., but Emery never resurfaced. His body was recovered later in the afternoon.

Emery played in the NHL for 11 seasons, two of which came with the Blackhawks from 2011-13, where he served as a backup goaltender to Corey Crawford.

In 2013, he teammated up with Crawford to win the William M. Jennings Trophy, awarded to the goaltender(s) with the fewest goals against in a single season, before going on to capture his first Stanley Cup. During that season, Emery went 17-1-0 with a 1.94 goals against average, .922 save percentage and three shutouts.

The Blackhawks issued this statement following the confirmation:

The Chicago Blackhawks organization was deeply saddened to hear of Ray Emery’s passing. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. The Blackhawks will fondly remember Ray as a fierce competitor, a good teammate and a Stanley Cup champion.

The hockey community took to Twitter to offer their condolences when news began to spread: