Adam Boqvist

Adam Boqvist nearing return with Blackhawks

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Adam Boqvist nearing return with Blackhawks

Blackhawks defenseman Adam Boqvist will travel with the team for their five-game road trip starting Sunday that begins and ends against the Jets in Winnipeg. 

Boqvist, 19, injured his right shoulder after being boarded by David Krejci of the Boston Bruins in the second period of Wednesday's 2-1 overtime loss and did not return for the remainder of the game. 

"I think I was in a bad spot there," Boqvist said. "You always have to be aware he's behind you or stuff like that. You never know how it's going to go, but I have to be more ready for that type of hit. But it wasn't the head or anything like that."

Boqvist skated prior to Friday's practice and participated in the full practice on Saturday. He injured the same shoulder in the Traverse City NHL rookie tournament in September and against the New Jersey Devils on Dec. 23, which caused him to miss the following game.  

"I've been struggling with this shoulder a little bit, so I was worried about that," Boqvist said. "But it wasn't too bad, so I'm glad to be out there again."

Blackhawks head coach Jeremy Colliton will decide if the rookie is ready to go Sunday in Winnipeg. 

"It feels good," Boqvist said. "It's good to be back in practice. It's not as bad as I thought it was."

Boqvist, a puck-moving defenseman who has been getting opportunities to quarterback the power play on the Hawks' top unit, has three goals and four assists in 29 games this season.

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Blackhawks to see familiar faces against Devils

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Blackhawks to see familiar faces against Devils

The Blackhawks will be looking to keep the momentum going Monday at the United Center against the New Jersey Devils after winning three of their past four games.

As determined as they might be to put a red ribbon on a good stretch before the Christmas break, Chicago won't be able to help but notice some familiar faces out on the ice and across the bench.

Forward John Quenneville, acquired by the Blackhawks for John Hayden on June 22, will make his debut for Chicago and Hayden will play his 13th game with New Jersey this season, but his first contest against the Hawks since the trade.

Quenneville, a cousin of former Hawks coach Joel Quenneville, had 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in 19 games with the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL this season and five points (two goals, three assists) in 33 games with the Devils from 2016-2019. The 23-year-old was selected at No. 30 overall by New Jersey in the 2014 NHL Draft.

"I'm just trying to stick in the NHL," Quenneville said. "I think I've got the skillset and the ability to do it. 

"I went to a new team this year and went through a little bit of growing pains to try to switch to a new squad and now I've found a way to have success and get my game going again."

Hayden, 24, has one assist in 12 games with the Devils and had 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists) in 113 games with Chicago from 2017-2019. He was drafted by the Blackhawks in the third round (74th overall) in 2013. 

"A lot of great memories," Hayden said of playing with the Hawks. "Definitely the teammates... it was just a special few seasons. I remember joining a week after I played [with] Harvard. Joining the team for the final push and then the playoff round against Nashville.

"A lot of good people in this organization. I have nothing but good memories from here. I still talk to my former teammates and it'll be fun tonight."

Hawks defenseman Adam Boqvist will play against his brother Jesper, a center for the Devils, for the first time at the NHL level. Adam was selected at No. 8 overall in the 2018 NHL Draft by Chicago and Jesper at No. 36 overall by New Jersey in 2017. 

The two were usually on the same team, with their dad coaching, but saw plenty of competition against one another in the family's basement.

"I had kind of a tough time down there, Adam said. "But he's two years older than me so he's been growing a little bit more muscle than me, but I hope I can take him down one day down there."

Jesper, 21 (two years older than Adam), confirmed the battle tales. 

"I always won, probably," Jesper said. "And he got pissed."

Jesper has enjoyed watching what Adam's been able to do in 13 games with Chicago. "A lot of fun, for sure." The older brother said. "And you're proud too. [I] have seen him since I was two. It's a lot of fun and just proud of him."

No. 3 vs. No. 1

No. 1 overall pick of the 2019 NHL Draft Jack Hughes and 2019's No. 3 pick, Kirby Dach, will faceoff for the second time on Monday. In their first NHL meeting on Dec. 6, Dach scored in the fifth round of the shootout and Corey Crawford stopped Hughes' attempt in the same round to give the Hawks a 2-1 win at the United Center.

Injury update

Brent Seabrook is still undergoing evaluation and Andrew Shaw is still dealing with concussion symptoms.

Boqvist Bowl: Adam and Jesper take their brotherly battles from basement to NHL

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Boqvist Bowl: Adam and Jesper take their brotherly battles from basement to NHL

Adam and Jesper Boqvist spent their entire childhood playing hockey together, mostly going head-to-head in their basement. Jesper often came on top in those battles, as the older brother normally does. 

"I always won," Jesper said. "And he got pissed."

"I had a tough time down there," Adam said. "But he's two years older than me so he's been growing a little bit more muscle than me. I hope I can take him down one day down there."  

Adam may not ever get a chance for revenge in the basement, but he will get his first opportunity in the NHL against Jesper on Monday when the Blackhawks take on the New Jersey Devils at the United Center. 

"At the end of the day it's Blackhawks vs. the Devils," Adam said. "But of course it's the first time I'm playing against him, it's going to be a lot of fun."

Jesper was taken in the second round (No. 37 overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft but didn't break into the pros until this season like Adam, who was selected No. 8 overall in 2018. The two of them are each trying to establish larger roles with their respective clubs as rookies.

Jesper has only three points (all goals) in 21 games and was a healthy scratch on Saturday but will start on the top line against the Blackhawks. Adam, who has one goal and two assists in 13 games, was recently promoted to the top pairing with Duncan Keith and is coming off a game in which he logged 17:34 of ice time, his second-highest total of the season.

Jesper is known to be a playmaker who can play any of the three forward positions while Adam has a higher ceiling. And they're both growing into their own.

"A lot of fun, for sure," Jesper said of watching Adam's progression. "And you're proud, too. ... As a player, offensively skilled. He's growing his defensive game too, getting stronger and can bounce guys off the puck. It's fun to see."

Adam and Jesper communicate frequently, but the last time they saw each other was in August at the NHLPA Rookie Showcase. The schedule aligned perfectly for their parents to make the trip to Chicago and celebrate the three-day holiday break as a family, with the four of them heading to New York after the game.

But first thing's first: The Boqvist Bowl between a younger brother looking for some bragging rights and an older brother hoping to pick up where things left off in the basement.

"A little bit cocky growing up," a smiling Jesper said of Adam. "He's a little bit grown up now. It's fun."

Adam, who isn't shy about showing his personality, didn't deny that.

"I'm talking a little bit more than him," Adam said. "I think I got a bigger mouth than him there. He's a great hockey player and it's going to be a lot of fun."   

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