Blackhawks News

Welcome Back Hockey…..

By Keith Schultz

Nov 30, 2010; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Jeremy Morin (27) during the third period against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center. The Blackhawks beat the Blues 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE

While most people were watching their favorite college football team Saturday night including the referees helping Notre Dame win, and while almost everyone was watching the NFL and worrying about their fantasy football teams some real hockey action took place in Chicago.

Granted it isn’t the NHL and the Chicago Blackhawks, but the closest you can get to see the Blackhawks play on the ice is the Rockford Ice Hogs.  Not that I’m going to break down each Rockford game or make this a Ice Hogs blog, but I will highlight some of the action that involves players that have worn the Blackhawks jersey or are big time prospects!

The Rockford team played the Chicago Wolves in a night day doubleheader.  The Ice Hogs failed to score at all on opening night losing 1-0 in a shoot out. From all accounts Carter Hutton played great in goal except for giving up some really bad shoot out goals.  Kind of sounds like a Ray Emery or Corey Crawford game?!?

The Rockford team was shut out again Sunday afternoon through 2 periods which must have been pretty exciting for any of the Rockford faithful that had made the trip to Rosemont to see the Ice Hogs play. The young Blackhawks finally started scoring though trailing 3-0 in the third period on the power play. Jeremy Morin tallied first then Marcus Kruger scored on the power play.  Jeremy Morin scored the final goal in a 5-3 loss to the Wolves.

Morin now entering his third season in Rockford should really be ready to make the jump to the big leagues when the lockout is lifted.  It is also good to hear that Kruger is playing well to start the season off.

While flipping through the channels today during a NFL timeout I happened to stop on ESPN2 and saw the KHL coverage.  I must admit for any sport if it isn’t the playoffs I have a hard time being interested in watching if my favorite team isn’t playing in the game.  That being said it’s really annoying the ESPN has ignored hockey for nearly a decade but it’s broadcasting KHL games during the lockout.  It can’t possibly be getting any kind of ratings but it is nice to see hockey on TV and ESPN.

The Good News—— Real hockey is back!!

The Bad News—– The NHL and the Chicago Blackhawks are still locked out with no end in sight!