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Roenick shares great memories of Tony Amonte

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Roenick shares great memories of Tony Amonte

Jeremy Roenick and Tony Amonte were two of the most beloved Blackhawks of the 1990s and ChicagoBlackhawks.com recently got J.R. to discuss the terrific but underrated career of his good friend in the newest edition of "Blood, Sweat and Cheers."

Roenick remembers pushing Hawks general manager Bob Pulford to pull the trigger on the 1994 trade that landed Amonte from the New York Rangers in exchange for Brian Noonan and Stephane Matteau.

"Ive played a lot of places with a lot of guys, but Tony was the best linemate I ever had. We got along great, we had that sixth sense about where each other would be and when he passed you the puck, it was right there on the button," Roenick said. "Very smart, and a great leader. Everybody in the locker room loved him."

Amonte would go on to play eight more years with the Blackhawks, scoring 268 of his 416 career goals.

"Tony really did it all in the NHL. He became captain of the Blackhawks, which was well-deserved. He played in two Olympics, 1998 and 2002, for the United States. He was in five NHL All-Star Games," Roenick said. "Considering his accomplishments, he could have been in more. But he wasnt the type of guy to call much attention to himself, and as a result, he was underrated, underappreciated. But he never complained."

Roenick also remembers a 1999 game at the United Center when he returned as a visitor with the Phoenix Coyotes and got into a scuffle with his good friend: "I was having some personal problems. I was frustrated and I swung my stick at Tony. He got real bloody, and I got a five-game suspension. Tony was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and I just lost it. Weve stayed friends and we keep in touch."

Cubs reportedly demote Carl Edwards Jr. to Triple-A Iowa, will call up Rowan Wick

Cubs reportedly demote Carl Edwards Jr. to Triple-A Iowa, will call up Rowan Wick

Carl Edward Jr.'s return to Chicago didn't last long. 

Three days -- and one appearance -- after being called up from Triple-A, Edwards is reportedly headed back to Iowa: 

His lone appearance over the weekend came in the last inning of Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Padres, facing four batters before getting the last out. He allowed one earned run on one hit, but both walked and hit a batter; the two runners he inherited would score as well.

It's been a rough season for righty, who's spent much of the year on the IL or in Iowa. Back in early June, he was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left thoracic strain. When healthy, he's pitched 15.1 innings to the tune of a 5.87 ERA and 1.11 WHIP. 

Up in his place is Rowan Wick, who himself has seen time in both Chicago and Iowa this season. Wick's latest stretch in Triple-A has been lights out: 

39 Days to Kickoff: Providence

39 Days to Kickoff: Providence

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: Providence Catholic

Head coach: Mark Coglianese

Assistant coaches: Mike Hryn (D-Coordinator), Matt Hunniford O-Coordinator)

How they fared in 2018: 5-5 (1-3 CCL Blue Conference). Providence made the Class 6A state playoff field and lost to Washington in first round action.
 
2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 @ Willowbrook
Sept. 6 vs Morgan Park
Sept. 13 @ Brother Rice
Sept. 20 vs Niles Notre Dame
Sept. 27 vs Carmel
Oct. 4 vs St. Rita
Oct. 11 @ DePaul Prep
Oct. 18 vs St Laurence
Oct. 25 @ Montini Catholic

[MORE: 68 Days to Kickoff - St. Laurence] 

Biggest storyline: Feeling green. How will the Celtics fare in the new CCL/ESCC Green conference in 2019?

Names to watch this season: OL Jake Renfro (Senior, Cincinnati) and TE Jameson Geers (Junior)

Biggest holes to fill: The Celtics played several underclassmen in 2018 and welcome back 16 starters (nine offense, seven defense); that said, overall numbers and depth can always be better.
 
EDGY's Early Take: The Celtics suffered through various injuries last season and found themselves playing several underclassmen. Coule that pay off come August? Look for the Celtics to challenge for the CCL/ESCC Green title. Keep an eye on the Providence offense, which features four starters on the offensive line. The overall group is stacked in the skills department and they boast an experienced backfield. The opener against Willowbrook should be one of the more-interesting games in the state, as Willowbrook is coming off a 7A quarterfinal appearance.