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Chicago Pro Hockey League set to kick off at MB Ice Arena

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Chicago Pro Hockey League set to kick off at MB Ice Arena

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The Chicago Pro Hockey League is set to begin on Wednesday at MB Ice Arena — the home of the Blackhawks practice facility — which will feature more than 80 professional hockey players from the NHL, AHL and ECHL, along with 80 elite amateurs from various Division 1 colleges, junior teams and AAA programs. 

Among the notable participants: Brandon Bollig, Alex DeBrincat, Connor Carrick, Ryan Dzingel, Christian Dvorak, Christian Fischer, Ryan Hartman, Vinnie Hinostroza, Henri Jokiharju, John Moore, Jordan Oesterle, Brandon Saad, Nick Schmaltz, Garret Sparks and Tommy Wingels. USA Olympic gold medalist Kendall Coyne is also slated to play and will be the only female to do so.

Patrick Kane was originally listed as part of the roster but is no longer on it, although he could make an appearance if his schedule allows it.

Joel Quenneville spoke at the NHL Draft about the summer league and plans to attend.

"I probably will stop by and watch some games," he said. "I'm looking forward to it. It's good for the agents, good for the players. The Boston league seemed to work well and players have fun with it. One game, no contact situation. It's good for their conditioning and keep their skills a little sharper and I think they'll have some fun with one another as well."

There will be four games every Wednesday — two for each league at 6:20/6:30 and 7:50 p.m — across seven weeks, with each team scheduled to play six regular-season games, one playoff game (Aug. 22) and the potential to advance to the championship game on Aug. 23. The games will be played at 4-on-4 with two 25-minute halves. Overtime will be played at 3-on-3 for five minutes, followed by a shootout if the score remains tied; playoff games will be played at 5-on-5, but overtime rules will remain the same.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. on game days and the cost is $5 to attend, but for those not able to, all games will be broadcast and streamed live on the CPHL website as a way to keep up with the action.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Reviewing trade deadline moves

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Reviewing trade deadline moves

On the latest edition of the Hawks Talk Podcast, Charlie Roumeliotis and Steve Konroyd discuss the Blackhawks’ trade deadline moves involving Ryan Hartman and Tommy Wingels.

They also look at the bigger picture, which players in Rockford could get a look before the end of the season and whether the Blackhawks should consider moving one of their two first-round picks for a Top 4 defenseman in the offseason.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Blackhawks make moves at trade deadline, should they have done more?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Blackhawks make moves at trade deadline, should they have done more?

David Haugh (Chicago Tribune) and Mark Carman (WGN Radio) join Luke Stuckmeyer on the panel. The Blackhawks trade Ryan Hartman to the Predators and Tommy Wingels to the Bruins. Should Stan Bowman have done more? Steve Konroyd joins the panel to discuss.

Also, Jordan Howard is talking playoffs, the Bears could go guard with the 8th pick, the Bulls go into tank mode too late and Mark Emmert hints at big change in college basketball.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.