Marian Hossa turned 38 years old on Thursday, but one teammate wasn't aware of it.
After practice, Patrick Kane didn't quite catch on when reporters implied that it was somebody's birthday.
"Uh oh, I missed a birthday?" Kane asked, then responded after being reminded it's Hossa's: "Oh, is it today? Uh oh. I mean yeah, I knew that, for sure. Oh man, I guess I'll have to wish him a happy birthday after this."
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Kane brushed it off as best as he could, then praised Hossa for continuing to play at a high level despite his age.
"It seems like he's got that Benjamin Button syndrome where he's aging the wrong way," Kane said. "He's a special breed. We always joke in here saying he has super genes. It never seems like he slows down or misses a beat, so he's a fun player to watch. Pretty much the same player that I remember when I was watching him as a kid and that I remember when he came here to the Blackhawks. Special human being, special player, too."
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After staying out of the public eye since his historic emergency relief appearance, Scott Foster emerged in Vegas at the NHL Awards and it was perfect.
The 36-year-old accountant fittingly presented the Vezina Trophy award for the league's top goaltender and joked that he needed to speed it up because he had to get back to work.
Check him out on stage:
What a moment. And well done, NHL.
Foster stopped all seven shots he faced in 14:01 of action in the Blackhawks' 6-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on March 30.
Nashville Predators netminder Pekke Rinne took home the award, but you can't argue against Foster's 1.000 career save percentage.
From June 17-21, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile two prospects per day — 10 total (five forwards, five defensemen) — leading up to the NHL Draft.
Weight: 180 pounds
"A very effective two-way defenseman with good puck distribution and a strong shot from the points on the power play. He is a point-producer with size, who defends and utilizes strong positioning and a good stick in the defensive zone."
NHL player comparable: Brent Burns
Fit for Blackhawks:
The Blackhawks lacked defensemen that generated offense last year. They also lacked defenders than can ... defend. Dobson is a player who can do both, and if he slips past Vancouver at No. 7, the Blackhawks may have a difficult decision on their hands.
Dobson could solve some of those defensive issues, but it likely wouldn't be in time for the 2018-19 season. He needs time to develop properly.
The Blackhawks like to evaluate prospects based on what their ceiling is and where they're at in their development curve, and if they see major upside here, they'll go for it. It just depends if there's somebody available that they like better.