Slavko Bekovic

Brent Seabrook showing signs of recovery in push-up challenge

Brent Seabrook showing signs of recovery in push-up challenge

It turns out NHL players are not immune to social media crazes.

Among the things spreading throughout Instagram right now, such as "see a pup, send a pup" in which people share pictures of their dogs on National Puppy Day, is the push-up challenge.

People are recording themselves doing push-ups and then nominating others to take part and get a workout in, too. Usually, 10 push-ups and then 10 nominations to hand out, but some athletes are taking it a step further.

Brent Seabrook was nominated and apparently went on to do 50 push-ups before nominating teammates Kirby Dach, Andrew Shaw and Adam Boqvist, among others. Dach completed the challenge himself and nominated Dylan Strome.

This is notable considering Seabrook underwent three surgeries in the span of about five weeks and seems to be on the road to recovery. Seabrook underwent surgery on his right shoulder in December before getting both hips operated on as well. His timetable for recovery should have him ready to go by training camp, but it's unknown at this point just when that might be.

Franchise-altering Marian Hossa named to Blackhawks All-Decade Team

Franchise-altering Marian Hossa named to Blackhawks All-Decade Team

Throughout the 2019-20 season, NBC Sports Chicago will be unveiling its Blackhawks All-Decade Team. The roster will feature the 14 forwards, 7 defensemen and two goaltenders that made the biggest impact on the franchise from the 2010 through 2019 seasons.

Perhaps nobody said it better than Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough: “The Chicago Blackhawks do not win a Stanley Cup, let alone three, without Marian Hossa.”

Hossa’s arrival in free agency in the summer of 2009 sent a message to the rest of the league that the Blackhawks were not only a destination for elite players, but also that they were a franchise all-in on trying to win Stanley Cups. “It’s not just because of his performance on the ice,” said McDonough. “Sometimes culturally it’s just to be in the same locker room with a guy who comports himself professionally, knows how to win, great work ethic, terrific habits.”


Hossa had a presence within the Blackhawks’ dressing room and immediately earned the respect of his teammates. Not only does he receive lots of credit for the franchise’s culture change, but many credit his influence on Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews as a major reason why they became the NHL superstars they are today. Because of that presence, there is certainly no coincidence that since Hossa’s departure, the Blackhawks have not seen the playoffs. “You can’t replace Marian Hossa,” said Stan Bowman before the start of the season. “I think we’ve certainly felt it the last couple years. He was such an important part of our team. We never would have won any of our Stanley Cups without Marian’s contributions.” 

Marian Hossa spent eight seasons in Chicago, amassing 415 points in 534 games with the Blackhawks. In the playoffs, Hossa racked up 73 points in 107 games and the Blackhawks reached the postseason in all eight of his seasons in Chicago. For his contributions to Chicago both on and off the ice, he makes the Blackhawks All-Decade Team as the second line right winger.

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Antti Niemi named backup goalie on Blackhawks All-Decade Team

Antti Niemi named backup goalie on Blackhawks All-Decade Team

Throughout the 2019-20 season, NBC Sports Chicago will be unveiling its Blackhawks All-Decade Team. The roster will feature the 14 forwards, 7 defensemen and two goaltenders that made the biggest impact on the franchise from the 2010 through 2019 seasons.

It’s almost hard to remember a time when Corey Crawford wasn’t commanding the net for the Chicago Blackhawks. But before Crawford took the reins in the 2010-11 season, the Blackhawks had some major decisions to make between the pipes.

When the franchise had its resurgence in 2008, they did so with a goaltending tandem of Nikolai Khabibulin and Cristobal Huet – a pair of free-agent signings that had their ups and downs. Before the 2009-10 campaign, Khabibulin was allowed to walk in free agency and the Blackhawks went with Huet and a relatively unproven 26-year old in Antti Niemi.

The decision turned out to be a wise one.

Niemi burst onto the scene in the second game of the regular season, registering a shutout against the Florida Panthers in his home country of Finland. And after getting just the occasional start in the first two months of the season, he took over as the team’s number one goalie in December and ultimately guided them to their first Stanley Cup victory in 49 seasons.

Often times, Niemi had little to do in the crease, regularly needing to make fewer than 30 saves behind a stellar Blackhawks blue line, but his mark on the team was stamped with some dominating playoff performances.

Niemi shut out the Nashville Predators twice in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but his greatest impact came against his future team – the San Jose Sharks. He allowed just seven goals in the Blackhawks’ four-game sweep of San Jose in the Western Conference Finals, posting a sparkling .949 save percentage.

He is one of just five goaltenders in franchise history to win a Stanley Cup, and despite spending less than two seasons in Chicago, Niemi’s 2009-10 season easily earns him a spot in our Blackhawks All-Decade Team as the backup goalie.

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