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Brigid Kosgei sets new women's world record at 2019 Chicago Marathon

Brigid Kosgei sets new women's world record at 2019 Chicago Marathon

Greatness and Chicago sports seem to go hand-in-hand. 

Brigid Kosgei won the women's elite title at Sunday's 2019 Chicago Marathon, clocking in at a swift 2:14:04. The 25-year-old broke the previous marathon world record, which Paula Radcliffe (2:15:25) set at the London Marathon in 2003. Kosgei also won the women's elite title at the 2018 Chicago Marathon. 

Kosgei and Radcliffe came together for a celebratory photo after Sunday's race.

Lawrence Cherono won the men's elite title with a time of 2:05:45, narrowly beating Dejene Debela, who finished one second back.

Taking inspiration from Robin Lehner's experience with depression

Taking inspiration from Robin Lehner's experience with depression

NBC Sports Chicago's Sarah Lauch worked with Blackhawks goaltender Robin Lehner for the upcoming documentary "Headstrong." Talking with Lehner about mental health returned her mind to her close experience with depression.

“Try some melatonin.”

That was the last thing that I typed to my brother before he committed suicide. 

He was reaching out, desperate, unable to sleep, depressed and as I found out shortly after, he was teetering between life and death. Imagine my regrets.

In the past, I ignored friends and family who said that they “could not get out of bed” or “could not attend an event because of their anxiety.” I brushed it off as laziness and was angry that I was able to function with so much going on and they just “laid around.” They were seemingly happy on the outside, so it was confusing to me. Now, having many close friends with mental health issues and having a nephew with no father, I regret that those thoughts EVER crossed my mind.

For the past few months, we have been producing content about mental health and sports, leading up to the release of the NBC Sports documentary “Headstrong.” When I was initially tasked with the assignment, my heart dropped. Less than two years after Bryan’s untimely death, the scars were still fresh. How would I interview people about a subject so close to me? How would I keep my cool if someone cried in front of me? How pissed off and resentful would I be that the interview subject was spared and Bryan was gone?

It was not easy, but it was cathartic.

Robin Lehner, the Blackhawks new goalie, inspired me to write this. It isn’t for the people that have depression and suicidal thoughts, I cannot imagine what they go through. This is for the people like me that brushed it off, until it hit home. Literal home.

“When I am in a deep depression, I do not even care about my own kids,” says Lehner.

When we release Lehner’s feature in the next few weeks, I hope that you listen to his words. He has gone through hell and back, but he has a team that supports him, that wants to be there for him and he feels empowered to talk about it, instead of bowing to the pressure of society to hide it. Robin is doing it right.

Many told me that once my brother made up his mind to end his life that there was no going back. I do not believe that. That was to make me and my family, left in despair, feel better. l believe that there is always hope….something to live for...some way to show desperate people that they are important.

I learned a lot producing and editing this content, but more importantly, I am hopeful that these stories could save lives. The documentary is extraordinary and the timing is impeccable.

“Headstrong” premieres on NBC Sports Chicago on Nov. 9 at 9 p.m. 

NBC Sports Chicago ushers in a new era of Blackhawks hockey as the exclusive local home for every game beginning this Friday, Oct. 4


NBC Sports Chicago ushers in a new era of Blackhawks hockey as the exclusive local home for every game beginning this Friday, Oct. 4

Chicago, IL (October 2, 2019) – NBC Sports Chicago – THE NEW EXCLUSIVE HOME of the Blackhawks, Bulls, and White Sox – ushers in a new era of Blackhawks hockey with the most games on one network in Chicago sports history, which includes live streaming of EVERY GAME and surrounding game coverage to authenticated subscribers via NBCSportsChicago.com and the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app (fans located anywhere in the U.S. can download MyTeams for free on iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store), along with its most expansive digital/social coverage to date and much more!

NBC Sports Chicago will carry the first game of the 2019-20 Blackhawks regular season on Friday, Oct. 4 as the Blackhawks will face the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2019 NHL Global Series™ game LIVE from the O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. Expanded game day coverage begins with a special, ONE-HOUR edition of Blackhawks Pregame Live presented by ChevyDrivesChicago.com at 12 NOON CT (taking place at the Blackhawks Official Watch Party at WestEnd, 1326 W. Madison St. in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood), featuring veteran Blackhawks expert/multi-platform host Pat Boyle with pregame analysis to be provided by Blackhawks legend/U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer Eddie Olczyk, former Blackhawks standouts Adam Burish and Jamal Mayers, along with the latest team news/player updates from Prague via Blackhawks digital reporter/producer Charlie Roumeliotis. 

Face-off is set for 1:00 pm. CT featuring Blackhawks play-by-play announcer/2014 Hockey Hall of Fame Foster Hewitt Memorial Award recipient Pat Foley, along with game analysis provided by former Blackhawks standout/veteran Blackhawks analyst Steve Konroyd (NOTE: Olczyk will join Foley in the broadcast booth for the home opener on Thursday, Oct. 10). Blackhawks Postgame Live presented by Hyundai immediately follows the game, featuring live post-game press conferences, live locker room player interviews, full highlights and complete post-game analysis. 

Then, on Thursday, Oct. 10, NBC Sports Chicago will provide Blackhawks fans with expanded, day-long multi-platform coverage for the team’s HOME OPENER, as the Blackhawks host the San Jose Sharks; note the following Home Opener coverage details:

(THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE AFTERNOON/EVENING) – NBC Sports Chicago’s social media outlets will provide fans with a multitude of Opening Night “Sights & Sounds” moments throughout the day featuring detailed cross-platform coverage on Facebook (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago) and Twitter (@NBCSChicago and @NBCSBlackhawks), with additional photos/quick video offerings from ‘NBCSChicago’ via Instagram and Instagram Live. In addition, fans can look forward to special pregame segments on Facebook Live and live Periscope segments on Twitter. 

6:00p.m. – SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado – Special Opening Night United Center remote edition pre-game discussion & analysis with host David Kaplan and a panel of Blackhawks/NHL experts.

6:30 p.m. – Red Carpet Special – NBC Sports Chicago will be providing fans with exclusive coverage of the Blackhawks players/coaches/ambassadors “Red Carpet” arrival as they get ready to start up the 2019-20 NHL season in style.  The “Red Carpet Special” will be hosted by Pat Boyle, who will be joined NBC Sports Chicago’s new Blackhawks home game reporter and season-long, multi-platform contributor Nick Gismondi, a 24-year sports broadcasting veteran who spent the past two seasons as an anchor/reporter for the Vegas Golden Knights on AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain. The “Red Carpet Special” can also be viewed on Facebook Live (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago).

7:00 p.m. – Blackhawks Pregame Live presented by ChevyDrivesChicago.com – Special edition pregame show live from the United Center featuring hosts Pat Boyle, along with former Blackhawks great/three-time Stanley Cup Champion Patrick Sharp, Adam Burish, Steve Konroyd and additional special guests. This edition of Blackhawks Pregame Live will also provide a complete look at the 2019-20 squad featuring player/coaches/VIP interviews, plus Opening Night feature segments, a detailed Blackhawks vs. Sharks player match-up discussion, along with additional in-arena Opening Night reports from Nick Gismondi.

7:30 p.m. – HOME/SEASON OPENER – Chicago Blackhawks vs. San Jose Sharks – Featuring the game call from the Hall of Fame duo of Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk, along with in-game reports provided by Nick Gismondi. 

10:00 p.m. – Blackhawks Postgame Live presented by Hyundai (time approximate.) – Hosted by Boyle, Sharp, Burish and Konroyd, with postgame locker room reports from Gismondi, this Opening Night expanded edition Blackhawks Postgame Live will provide fans with a complete game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews.

12:00 a.m. – Blackhawks vs. San Jose (game replay)

In addition, airing TOMORROW NIGHT (Thursday, Oct. 3) at 7:00 p.m. CT, Blackhawks fans can look forward to a special sneak preview of the 2019-20 NHL season with the Blackhawks Season Preview presented ChevyDrivesChicago.com special.  Hosted by Boyle and Mayers, along with Roumeliotis, who will deliver the very latest team news/player updates from Prague, the Blackhawks Season Preview special will provide viewers with a detailed season preview analysis, along with a comprehensive look at this year’s Blackhawks roster and all the offseason trades and acquisitions that will have this team primed for a return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

(NOTE: This program will also stream live on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and via the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app)

In addition to its live stream of every NBC Sports Chicago Blackhawks game telecast, NBCSportsChicago.com will also provide fans with even more exclusive Blackhawks content throughout the season including the following:

  • NBCSportsChicago.com will stream EVERY Blackhawks postgame press conference LIVE - providing insider access to head coach Jeremy Colliton addressing the media as it happens – as part of the “Blackhawks Postgame Live” stream.
  • Blackhawks digital reporter and producer Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis) enters his fifth season covering the team. Fans are also urged to follow @NBCSBlackhawks on Twitter for full team coverage, #AuthenticFan Night updates, fan photos and game day news throughout the 2019-20 NHL campaign.
  • Video highlights from every Blackhawks game, including in-game highlights after each period.  Pregame interviews from morning skates will also be provided, as well as extensive post-game reaction from the locker room and analysis from the “Blackhawks Postgame Live.”
  • “Blackhawks Talk PODCAST” (presented by ChevyDrivesChicago.com) – Featuring Blackhawks expert/multi-platform host Pat Boyle, digital reporter/producer Charlie Roumeliotis, and an array of special guests, NBC Sports Chicago’s popular “Blackhawks Talk” podcast features in-depth Blackhawks discussion on the hottest topics and breaking news throughout the season. Fans can download all of NBC Sports Chicago’s podcasts at NBCSportsChicago.com/podcasts and simply subscribe to them via Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Stitcher.  The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.
  • Blackhawks Talk (NBCSportsChicago.com/Blackhawks) - NBCSportsChicago.com’s high-velocity, real-time, comprehensive Blackhawks news, video features, recaps/previews, and original commentary section, features continually updated insights from the network’s talent, which includes the “Blackhawks Talk PODCAST.”
  • Fans can also follow and connect with NBC Sports Chicago’s extensive Blackhawks coverage on Facebook (including numerous “Facebook Live” segments with NBC Sports Chicago talent), Instagram and Instagram Stories at ‘NBCSChicago’


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2019 - 2020 Chicago Blackhawks Schedule


Fri, Oct 4                  1:00 pm         @ Philadelphia (in Prague, CZ)    SEASON OPENER!

Thu, Oct 10              7:30 pm         vs. San Jose                           HOME OPENER!

Sat, Oct 12               6:00 pm         vs. Winnipeg

Mon, Oct 14             7:30 pm         vs. Edmonton

Fri, Oct 18                7:30 pm         vs. Columbus

Sun, Oct 20              6:00 pm         vs. Washington

Tue, Oct 22              7:30 pm         vs. Vegas

Thu, Oct 24              7:30 pm         vs. Philadelphia

Sat, Oct 26               12:00 pm       @ Carolina

Sun, Oct 27              6:00 pm         vs. Los Angeles

Tue, Oct 29              7:00 pm         @ Nashville

Sat, Nov 2                9:30 pm         @ Los Angeles

Sun, Nov 3               7:00 pm         @ Anaheim

Tue, Nov 5               9:00 pm         @ San Jose                      NBCSCH+

Thu, Nov 7               7:30 pm         vs. Vancouver

Sat, Nov 9                6:00 pm         @ Pittsburgh

Sun, Nov 10             6:00 pm         vs. Toronto

Sat, Nov 16              7:00 pm         @ Nashville                       NBCSCH+

Sun, Nov 17             6:00 pm         vs. Buffalo

Tue, Nov 19             7:30 pm         vs. Carolina

Thu, Nov 21             7:30 pm         vs. Tampa Bay

Sat, Nov 23              7:00 pm         @ Dallas                          

Fri, Nov 29               3:00 pm         vs. Colorado

Sat, Nov 30              8:00 pm         @ Colorado

Mon, Dec 2              7:30 pm         vs. St. Louis

Thu, Dec 5               6:00 pm         @ Boston

Fri, Dec 6                 6:00 pm         @ New Jersey                  NBCSCH+

Sun, Dec 8               6:00 pm         vs. Arizona

Tue, Dec 10             9:00 pm         @ Vegas

Thu, Dec 12             8:00 pm         @ Arizona

Sat, Dec 14              7:00 pm         @ St. Louis                       NBCSCH+

Sun, Dec 15             6:00 pm         vs. Minnesota

Thu, Dec 19             7:00 pm         @ Winnipeg

Sat, Dec 21              8:00 pm         @ Colorado                      NBCSCH+

Mon, Dec 23             7:30 pm         vs. New Jersey

Fri, Dec 27               7:30 pm         vs. New York Islanders

Sun, Dec 29             4:00 pm         @ Columbus

Tue, Dec 31             8:00 pm         @ Calgary

Thu, Jan 2                9:00 pm         @ Vancouver                    NBCSCH+

Tue, Jan 7                7:30 pm         vs. Calgary

Thu, Jan 9                7:30 pm         vs. Nashville

Sat, Jan 11               7:30 pm         vs. Anaheim                      NBCSCH+

Tue, Jan 14              6:30 pm         @ Ottawa

Wed, Jan 15             6:30 pm         @ Montreal

Sat, Jan 18               6:00 pm         @ Toronto

Sun, Jan 19              6:00 pm         vs. Winnipeg

Tue, Jan 21              7:30 pm         vs. Florida

Sat, Feb 1                7:00 pm         @ Arizona

Sun, Feb 9               6:00 pm         @ Winnipeg                      NBCSCH+

Tue, Feb 11             8:00 pm         @ Edmonton                     NBCSCH+

Wed, Feb 12            9:30 pm         @ Vancouver

Sat, Feb 15              9:00 pm         @ Calgary

Sun, Feb 16             7:30 pm         @ Winnipeg

Fri, Feb 21               7:30 pm         vs. Nashville

Sun, Feb 23             2:00 pm         @ Dallas

Thu, Feb 27             6:00 pm         @ Tampa Bay

Sat, Feb 29              5:00 pm         @ Florida                          NBCSCH+

Tue, Mar 3               7:30 pm         vs. Anaheim

Thu, Mar 5               7:30 pm         vs. Edmonton

Fri, Mar 6                 6:30 pm         @ Detroit

Fri, Mar 13               7:30 pm         vs. Ottawa

Sat, Mar 14              6:00 pm         @ Washington

Tue, Mar 17             7:00 pm         @ Minnesota

Thu, Mar 19             7:30 pm         vs. Minnesota

Sat, Mar 21              1:00 pm         @ Buffalo

Fri, Mar 27               7:30 pm         vs. Dallas

Sun, Mar 29             2:00 pm         vs. Los Angeles

Tue, Mar 31             7:30 pm         vs. Montreal

Thu, April 2              6:00 pm         @ New York Islanders

Sat, April 4               12:00 pm       @ New York Rangers

32 Home, 38 Road regular season games
Total: 70 games

All Times Central 
Schedule Subject to Change