News From the Chicago Blackhawks

News from the Chicago Blackhawks :


The Blackhawks preseason schedule comes to a close this weekend with
back-to-back games against the Blues Saturday night in St. Louis
(7:30 pm, Comcast SportsNet) and Sunday vs. the Wild in Minnesota (5
pm, Comcast SportsNet Plus).

Martin Havlat (groin) and Tuomo Ruutu (knee) may play Sunday but are
not expected to be in the lineup Saturday. Check this afternoon for more from Friday’s practice.
Injury Report


It is with deep sorrow that the Chicago Blackhawks announce that team
President, Mr. William W. Wirtz, 77, passed away early Wednesday
morning at Evanston Hospital after a recent battle with cancer.

– Hawks Press Release
– Tallon, Lapointe Video (Practice/Game Day)
– Commissioner Bettman’s Statement
– More Statements on Passing of W. Wirtz


On this week’s edition of HawkCast
( Hear the latest
training camp news and notes, plus Hawks Insider with director of
hockey operations Stan Bowman, and a conversation with Blackhawks
center Yanic Perreault, who explains why this year was the right year
to come to Chicago.


The Chicago Blackhawks — players, coaches and management — will
celebrate the start of the 2007-08 hockey season with “BIG TIME FUN”
at Dave & Buster’s in Addison on Monday, October 29!

Fans will have the opportunity to test their interactive skills
against Blackhawk players such as Martin Havlat, Duncan Keith, Brent
Seabrook, Nikolai Khabibulin, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane as they
compete in “BIG TIME FUN” on the Million Dollar Midway.

Please click here for more information and to order tickets
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“Patrick Kane hesitated for just a moment after the Chicago
Blackhawks called his name as the first player selected in the 2007
Entry Draft, seemingly caught in a flashback. It was early January.
Kane was playing for the United States at the World Junior
Championship and he was remembering just how good Jonathan Toews was
in Canada’s 2-1 victory over the U.S.” Feature


“The winds of change have been blowing through the Windy City. The
Chicago Blackhawks are a team in transition, loaded with lots of
highly skilled draft picks and prospects and ready to enjoy the
fruits of a system rich in young talent. Led by 2007 No. 1 overall
pick Patrick Kane and 2006 first-rounder Jonathan Toews, the
Blackhawks appear to have a bright future. Preview


The Blackhawks Thursday claimed defenseman Karel Pilar
(kuh REHL PEE lahsh) off waivers from the Atlanta Thrashers … On
Wednesday, defenseman Prestin Ryan and goaltender Corey Crawford were
assigned to Rockford
in the AHL.


The Blackhawks preseason homestand comes to a close this weekend as
they host the Minnesota Wild tonight at 7:30 pm and the St. Louis
Blues Sunday at 6 pm. All Blackhawk players not dressing for the
games will sign autographs and greet fans entering the United Center

Following a 4-3 win
over the Blue Jackets in Columbus on Tuesday, the Blackhawks lost
to the Blue Jackets on Wednesday and suffered a 1-0 loss
to the Florida Panthers on Thursday, both at the United Center.

The Blackhawks conclude their preseason schedule on the road
Tuesday, September 25 at Florida; Saturday, September 29 at St.
Louis; and Sunday, September 30 against Minnesota. Catch all three
games on Comcast SportsNet.


On the season debut of HawkCast
( Hear the latest
training camp news and notes, Hawks Insider with Stan Bowman and a
conversation with Blackhawks winger Tuomo Ruutu.


The Blackhawks have assigned five players back to their junior teams
— forwards Richard Greenop, Akim Aliu and Maxime Tanguay, along with
defenseman Ben Shutron and goaltender Josh Unice.


Rockford head coach Mike Haviland answers your questions about the
future of Dave Bolland, the style of play you can expect from his
IceHogs this season and more. Haviland Q&A – Part I


While the best and most recognizable logo in professional sports and
the team colors remain the same, the Blackhawks in conjunction with
the National Hockey League and Reebok introduced the new Rbk Edge
uniforms on Friday, September 14.

Watch video
and see pictures
from the press conference.

** You can get the new Blackhawks RBK Edge Authentic and Premier
Replica jerseys at HawkQuarters (, the
official team store of the Chicago Blackhawks. HawkQuarters is
located at 333 N. Michigan Ave.

Bill Wirtz Passes Away

From the Chicago Blackhawks website:

Blackhawks Mourn Passing of William Wirtz Chicago Blackhawks Press Release Sep 26, 2007, 3:20 AM EDT It is with deep sorrow that the Chicago Blackhawks announce that team President, Mr. William W. Wirtz, 77, passed away early Wednesday morning at Evanston Hospital after a recent battle with cancer.

Mr. Wirtz is survived by his wife, Alice, five children, Rocky, Gail, Karey, Peter and Alyson, and seven grandchildren.

Along with being the President of the Chicago Blackhawks, Mr. Wirtz was the Chairman of Wirtz Beverage Group, President of Wirtz Corporation and Wirtz Realty, Director of First Security Trust and Savings Bank, and Chairman of the South Miami Bank Corporation. Mr. Wirtz also served as a Director of U.S. Bank Corporation and Alberto Cluver.

A 1950 graduate of Brown University, Mr. Wirtz took his place alongside his father Arthur and brother Michael when the family purchased the Chicago Blackhawks in 1954. In 1966, Mr. Wirtz was named President of the Chicago Blackhawks, a title he maintained for 41 years.

Mr. Wirtz served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Hockey League for 18 years and was responsible for negotiating the merger between the NHL and the World Hockey Association in the late 1970’s as well the expansion of the league. Known as a man of his word, Mr. Wirtz was also a member of the National Hockey League’s Executive Committee.

No one did more for hockey on both the professional and amateur levels than Mr. Wirtz. He served on both the 1980 and 1984 Winter Olympic Committees. The 1980 U.S. Olympic Team captured the Gold Medal at Lake Placid. For his efforts on both the professional and amateur levels, Mr. Wirtz was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1976, was the recipient of the Lester Patrick Trophy in 1978 and was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985.

Under the guidance of Mr. Wirtz, Chicago Blackhawk Charities was established in 1993. Since that time, Blackhawk Charities has donated over $7.5 million to worthy causes in the Chicagoland area such as Boys and Girls Clubs, Cathedral Shelter, Miseracordia Homes, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association, and the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI). Mr. Wirtz also donated both the Chicago Stadium and the United Center to host the Blackhawk Cup, the annual High School Boys and Girls State Championship Game, over the past 20 years.

Mr. Wirtz was also the driving force behind building the United Center which opened in 1994. This was not an easy decision for a man who literally grew up in the old Chicago Stadium. As difficult a decision as this was, Mr. Wirtz recognized the necessity for change. Together with Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf, he succeeded in constructing the United Center, a state-of-art arena and one of the finest buildings in the country.

Mr. Wirtz was most proud of the fact that the United Center was financed with private funds and without taxpayer dollars. Mr. Wirtz was most proud of developing the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Sports Program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. This program was near and dear to his heart as it was named after his mother, Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz. Along with continuing to fund this program, Mr. Wirtz was a model humanitarian and many of the good deeds he did for people and organizations throughout the community went unnoticed by design.

Funeral arrangements will be announced as they become available.

Chicago Storm News

A press release from the Chicago Storm :

The grand unveiling of the 2007 Storm Chasers Dance team is thisweekend and there’s two chances to see them!!! Friday night, September7th the Storm’s dance team, the Storm Chasers make their unveiling at MaxBar located at 2247 N. Lincoln avenue in Chicago. If you can’t make itFriday, head out to the suburban introduction Saturday, September 8th atthe Alumni Club at 871 E. Algonquin Road in Schaumburg. The dancersperform two routines at both venues and are available for a meet and greetand autographs from 9pm-1am. Check it out! To see where the Storm Chasersare going to be next, check out the Storm Chasers link on the ChicagoStorm website,

So you think you’re good enough to go pro. Here’s your chance toprove it. Saturday September 15th head to the Sports Zone in Melrose Park,located at 1945 Cornell ave. in Melrose Park and take part in the Storm’sOpen Tryouts! All prospects must bring their own practice gear (shorts,shirt, shin guards, indoor soccer shoes and socks). For more informationand to download the application, go to The Storm hasa history of signing players from tryouts to their active roster. Formerplayers Tijani Ayegbusi and Danny Waltman as well as current players suchas midfielder/forward Awadalla Morad and defenders Chris Brisson andBranko Savic were signed to contracts after attending open tryouts.

Saturday October 27th the Chicago Storm takes on the California Cougarsin the home opener at 7pm at the Sears Centre! From the team on thefield to the entertainment on and off a Chicago Storm game is more then agame, it’s an event! To kick off your Storm experience call (866) STORM-81or log on to

The Chicago Storm is a proud member of the Major Indoor Soccer League(MISL). Chicago’s professional indoor soccer team plays its home games atthe all-new Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. The Storm’s first home gameof the 2007-08 season is Saturday October 27th at 7pm. Great tickets areavailable! Storm offices are located at 1945 Cornell Ave., in MelrosePark. For additional information on all aspects of Chicago Storm soccerincluding season tickets, group outings, birthday parties and ChicagoStorm Summer Soccer Camps call (866) STORM-81. or log on