Today the Chicago Blackhawks opened training at the University of Notre Dame. Several people came to the microphone in their initial press conference. The list included: John McDonough, Stan Bowman, Coach Quenneville, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, and Duncan Keith. McDonough took the microphone first. He stated that: “It’s a great day for Stan (Bowman), a great day for Notre Dame and a great day for the Blackhawks. Bowman followed McDonough: Stan thanked Rock Wirtz. “Prior to Rocky taking over, things were different than they are now. It was sort of a vague dream, but it was a dream I had to someday be working on the same team (as my dad). It’s time to close that book and start a new one. This is the first chapter of the new book for the Blackhawks. On Patrick Kane and Toews, “We’re going to keep them around for a long, long time.” Bowman believes Kane and Toews will want to stay because they want to win. Quenneville stated that Brandon Saad will start camp as a center. The Blackhawks have all seven defenseman back but have 10 worthy of playing time this season. Quenneville is hoping to find another Michael Frolik, someone who doesn’t play a lot during the game but can excel on the penalty kill. Lastly Quennville stated all the Blackhawks will be cleared for practice tomorrow. Quenneville was followed by Toews. Toews addressed some issues facing the captain. He stated “It‘d be tough to find any reason to want to play somewhere else. I don’t think there’s any place better around the league or around the world to play hockey”. When Toews was asked about repeating, “We believe that we can be that team that has a chance to do that, and it can be a motivating factor”. Lastly Sharp and Keith fielded questions on the conditioning of the team. Sharp stated “Little different playing a short season, but 4 rounds of playoffs is still 4 rounds of playoffs”. Keith followed up Sharp’s comments, “Just because it was a short offseason doesn’t mean we can’t be ready to go physically and mentally”. Welcome to the New Chapter of the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks will be at Notre Dame Sept 14th and Sept 15th. Quotes are from Mark Lazerus Chicago Suntimes Blackhawks Beat reporter.