29 thoughts on “Chicago A Finalist For 2018 World Juniors

  1. This is great exposure for hockey in the city and it can’t hurt the Hawks franchise either. I didn’t know that Chicago was involved in the frozen four.

  2. Looks like Clendenning wasn’t needed in Vancouver either as he has be shipped off to Pittsburgh with Bonino for Sutter

  3. Stop spamming the articles, guy. Not cool.

    As for the topic, those other cities
    really can’t compete. It’s almost a laughable selection. Pittsburgh 20 years ago, definitely. The other three, sort of never even with TB’s cup.

    I could see an ASPCA-type video with Sid hugging peewees and tearing up (Sarah McLachlan audio too) about bringing the kids to Pitt.

  4. Yeah great Eric, I’m a funny guy. See ya. I presume you’ve left, you said you would.

  5. In other old Blackhawks news the great Ryan Stanton signed a 2 way deal w someone.

    Im really surprised about Cden I thought he would be a player in this league huh.

    I believe their are video game boards that might care about NHL2015.

    I used to play the orginal NHL hockey for sega like a few of my friends did,….

  6. Dave…it’s a Blackhawks blog and any news during the off season is worth mentioning or discussion.

    WJHC will do fantastic in Chicago as it does here in Canada

  7. SSHM- I am NOT surprised by Cden’s awful play…

    If Forsling pans out to be a top 4 Defender for the Hawks in future… The SB trade to Canucks to dump Cden- Should be considered to be one of SB’s top moves… the only better trade would have been to move Cden (and Pirri) right after they put up the Huge numbers in AHL…

    All indications- Forsling is a great skater…. Cden- Can’t skate – And I always commented here- Cden- would never be an answer for the Hawks, for that reason…

    Kudos to SB for that deal,,, for Saad/ for 56, AA (turning bad situation- into what I think will be a win for Hawks- both Cap wise/player wise), and Knowing he had Panarin deal in works ( which makes all of his trades of High draft picks acceptable- cuz Panarin is like getting an NHL ready top 5 pick (imo))- I was completely wrong on SB/trading picks (and going for it) – then again the 88 injury – really helped the pocketbook/cap… couldn’t predict that.

  8. Interesting that Vancouver traded Clendening rather than expose him to waivers if he did not make the team out of camp. I believe that was the same logic some of the national writers like Bob McKenzie noted when Stan moved Clendening for Forsling.

    At the time, Bob Mac noted that TVR, Rundblad, Pokka and Johns were all ahead of Clenny.

    Having said all that Vancouver GM Jim Benning said yesterday that the decision came down to keeping Clenny or Frank Corrado as a 3rd pair young defenseman and he chose Corrado, said they could not keep both.

    One other note, the Penguins now have both Tim Erixon and Adam Clendening.

  9. Something about nerds in their mom’s basements playing video games and ranting on web forums comes to mind…

    I think discussion of a real hockey tournament being played at the UC trumps the discussion of a fake hockey tournament on a game console not showing the UC. Who cares other than this guy? Back in my day the ice hockey video game allowed you to pick from 6 teams and the players were either fat and slow, skinny and fast or normal.

    As much as we (myself included) expressed anguish over the departure of players like Stanton and CDen, it looks like SB was right yet again. Good thing he’s in charge of things.

  10. SSHM- thanks for the Link…

    But- I will have to Laugh at the writer’s comment… that Dano Is similar in stature to TT… Dano – is listed between 210-215lbs. and had a crap ton of hits in his NHL time…

    Dano- is one of the BIGGEST ( weight/height) players on the Hawks!!!
    The guy is a wrecking ball!!! actually thicker/Stronger than Saad??? maybe

    And Pokka- is kinda built the same way- very thick (although Dano has a thicker/lower center of gravity)

  11. Wall, I was going to make the same comment regarding TT and Dano being similar in stature. They are about the same height – but that’s were the similarity ends.

    The author also lists Travis Brown in the top-20 and unless the Hawks re-acquired him, I’m pretty sure he isn’t in the Hawks organization anymore.

    But that’s what you get in these prospect reports from some guy reporting on all 30 teams. He simply doesn’t know each team’s prospects well enough to produce a report that passes muster. At least this guy listed most of the prospects in the correct order, IMO.

  12. Back to the topic – I wonder where the second venue would be if Chicago is selected to host 2018 WJC. I suppose it would have to be Rosemont – wouldn’t it? Is there somewhere else around Chicago that could host WJC games?

  13. Ebony,

    Maybe the rink in Geneva where the Steel will play this coming year although I think it’d be at the United Center and they’d make it work. I don’t think Rocky Wirtz would talk something up and make a bid only to have it be at some other area rink.

    And since this thread has drifted a couple of times, let me drift it once more … a very happy 90th birthday to Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay, who played a few years for the Blackhawks in the late 1950’s. Most of his career was with Detroit where his #7 is retired – Stan Mikita always credited Lindsay with teaching him what it took to be an NHL player.

    Last off topic note: Scott Powers ESPN tweeted today it’s a possibility Kyle Cumiskey may return to the Blackhawks this season. Just passing that along.

  14. Hof, that’s why I said a second venue, assuming the UC would get all the big games and finals. But I think there are usually 2 rinks in order to accommodate the number of games which probably wouldn’t work in just one rink.

  15. oops – forgot to add: plus the UC is used by both the Hawks and Bulls over that stretch when the WJC would be played. That would need to be a lot of schedule shuffling to keep the Bulls and Hawks on the road during that couple weeks.

  16. Maybe Eric can do some of the games in his basement on his video console………????

  17. That article in Frozen Futures is classic – Travis Brown hasn’t been with the Hawks organization for over a year! TT with similar build to Dano – maybe it was meant to be a comedy piece. How did Kyle Beach fail to make the list!

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