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CSN, CSNChicago.com to carry live opening ceremonies coverage of the 2012 Blackhawks Convention

CSN, CSNChicago.com to carry live opening ceremonies coverage of the 2012 Blackhawks Convention

COMCAST SPORTSNET & CSNCHICAGO.COM TO CARRY LIVE OPENING CEREMONIES COVERAGE OF THE
2012 BLACKHAWKS CONVENTION

Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com to air LIVE Opening Ceremonies coverage on Friday, July 20 at 5:00 PM hosted by David Kaplan Chris Boden and Tracey Myers to provide complete Convention coverage throughout the weekend on SportsNet Central & CSNChicago.com with exclusive video, player interviews, live Tweets & more

Chicago, IL (July 17, 2012) -- Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, is ready to start up the 2012-13 NHL season in a big way with exclusive, LIVE Opening Ceremonies coverage from the sold out 2012 Blackhawks Convention, which is being held downtown this weekend (July 20-22) at the Hilton Chicago.

On Friday, July 20 beginning at 5:00 PM (hosted by Chicago Tribune Lives David Kaplan), Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com will provide viewers with every thrill-packed moment of the conventions opening ceremonies featuring introductions of Blackhawks playerscoachesfront office executives, the singing of the National Anthem, exciting video montages, plus a special live interview with Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews following the ceremony and much more!

In addition, Comcast SportsNets Blackhawks PrePost Game Live studio host Chris Boden will file reports for SportsNet Central (6:30 PM, 10:00 PM, 10:30 PM and midnight) and CSNChicago.com featuring interviews with Blackhawks players, coaches and fans. Plus, CSNChicago.coms Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers will also provide viewers with comprehensive online coverage featuring exclusive convention video highlights and numerous playerscoachesfront office executive interviews.

Fans can follow Myers Blackhawks Convention updates all weekend long via Twitter @TraMyersCSN, along with Boden (@CSNBoden) and Kaplan (@thekapman). In addition, CSN Chicago digital producer Nina Falcone (@HawksTalkCSN) will provide live blogging coverage via Blackhawks Talk on CSNChicago.com including real-time news stories, behind-the-scenes photosvideos, fan interviews, videos and live Tweets.

Matt Nagy calls Kevin White a 'great weapon' with a new future

Matt Nagy calls Kevin White a 'great weapon' with a new future

Former first-round pick Kevin White hasn't caught a break -- or a touchdown -- through the first three years of his career. He has more season-ending injuries than 100-yard games and after an offseason focused on upgrades at wide receiver, White's future in Chicago beyond 2018 is very much in doubt.

Ryan Pace declined the fifth-year option in White's rookie contract, making this a prove-it year for the pass-catcher who once resembled a blend of Larry Fitzgerald and Dez Bryant during his time at West Virginia.

He's getting a fresh start by new coach Matt Nagy.

"He is healthy and he's really doing well," Nagy told Danny Kanell and Steve Torre Friday on SiriusXM's Dog Days Sports. "We're trying to keep him at one position right now so he can focus in on that."

White can't take all the blame for his 21 catches, 193 yards and zero scores through 48 possible games. He's only suited up for five. Whether it's bad luck or bad bone density, White hasn't had a legitimate chance to prove, on the field, that he belongs.

Nagy's looking forward, not backward, when it comes to 2015's seventh pick overall.

"That's gone, that's in the past," Nagy said of White's first three years. "This kid has a new future with us."

White won't be handed a job, however.

"He's gotta work for it, he's gotta put in the time and effort to do it," Nagy said. "But he will do that, he's been doing it. He's a great weapon, he's worked really hard. He has great size, good speed. We just want him to play football and not worry about anything else."

Nagy on Trubisky: 'He wants to be the best'

Nagy on Trubisky: 'He wants to be the best'

The Bears concluded their second round of OTAs on Thursday with the third and final set of voluntary sessions scheduled for May 29-June 1. Coach Matt Nagy is bringing a new and complicated system to Chicago, so the time spent on the practice field with the offense and quarterback Mitch Trubisky has been invaluable.

"We’ve thrown a lot at Mitch in the last 2 ½ months,” Nagy told Dog Days Sports’ Danny Kanell and Steve Torre on Friday. “He’s digested it really well.”

Nagy’s implementing the same system he operated with the Chiefs, an offense that brought the best out of Redskins quarterback Alex Smith. The former first-overall pick went from potential draft bust to MVP candidate under Andy Reid and Nagy’s watch.

Nagy admitted he and his staff may have been a little too aggressive with the amount of information thrust upon Trubisky so far.  It took five years to master the offense in Kansas City, he said, but the first-year head coach sees a lot of similarities between his current and past quarterbacks.

"These guys are just wired differently,” Nagy said when comparing Trubisky to Smith. “With Mitch, the one thing that you notice each and every day is this kid is so hungry. He wants to be the best. And he’s going to do whatever he needs to do. He’s so focused.”

Smith had the best year of his career in 2017 and much of the credit belongs to Nagy, who served as Smith’s position coach in each season of his tenure in Kansas City. He threw for eight touchdowns and only two interceptions during the five regular season games that Nagy took over play-calling duties last year.

Nagy said Trubisky has a similar attention to detail that Smith brought to the Chiefs’ quarterback room.

"Each and every detail that we give him means something. It’s not just something he writes down in a book. He wants to know the why,” Nagy said of Trubisky. “He’s a good person that is in this for the right reason. His teammates absolutely love him. It was the same thing with Alex [Smith] in Kansas City.”

A locker room that believes in its quarterback is a critically important variable for success, one that Nagy already sees exists in Chicago.

"When you have that as a coach and when you have that as being a quarterback, not everybody has that, and when you have that you’re in a good spot.”