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Chicago Blackhawks’ Hockey Is Back, In Multiple Forms

By Gail Kauchak
Apr 15, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) celebrates with Patrick Kane (88) and Artem Anisimov (15) after scoring the game-winning goal during the third period in game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. The Blackhawks won the game 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 15, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) celebrates with Patrick Kane (88) and Artem Anisimov (15) after scoring the game-winning goal during the third period in game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. The Blackhawks won the game 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 15, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) celebrates with Patrick Kane (88) and Artem Anisimov (15) after scoring the game-winning goal during the third period in game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. The Blackhawks won the game 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports /

Did you know you can watch someone from Chicago Blackhawks play hockey every single night for the rest of the week?

That’s right, my friends.  This week we are in for a real treat.  The World Cup of Hockey championship series starts tonight and continues Thursday and Saturday (the last one if needed).  Team Europe and Team Canada have reached the final stage.

Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa will suit up for Europe, and Jonathan Toews and Corey Crawford are the ’Hawks that will be representing Canada.

On top of that, Chicago Blackhawks training camp is in full swing.  Their first preseason contest is Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.  They also have games Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  So for the next six nights, there will be Chicago Blackhawks to watch in some way, shape or form!

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There are many interesting storylines to follow as this week unfolds.  Let’s start with the World Cup.

Does Team Europe have what it takes to overcome Team Canada?  It’s hard to say.  I personally thought Sweden stood a better chance.   But they were defeated in overtime 3-2 by Team Europe.

This means Niklas Hjalmarsson and Marcus Kruger are free to return to training camp for the ’Hawks.  It’s been reported that they (as well as Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov from Team Russia) will join their other teammates on Friday.

As I watched the Europe/Sweden matchup on Sunday, it was disheartening to see that the stands were barely half full in Toronto.  Even my Twitter feed only had tidbits here and there about the game.  Everyone else seemed to be more interested in the football games.  This was a bit sad, as the Sweden and Europe both played one heck of a competitive game.  It was very entertaining to watch.

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