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Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links: Toews Pays Respects To Humboldt

By Aaron Goldschmidt
WINNIPEG, MB - APRIL 7: Members of the Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks stand together around centre ice in solidarity for the Humboldt Broncos prior to puck drop at the Bell MTS Place on April 7, 2018 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Broncos lost members of their team in a motor vehicle accident on April 6, 2018. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)
WINNIPEG, MB - APRIL 7: Members of the Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks stand together around centre ice in solidarity for the Humboldt Broncos prior to puck drop at the Bell MTS Place on April 7, 2018 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Broncos lost members of their team in a motor vehicle accident on April 6, 2018. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews traveled to Saskatoon on Friday to hand deliver game-worn jerseys to the Humboldt community

The hockey community is an unbelievably tight group, and we’ve been seeing this with the overwhelming amount of support after the tragic accident involving the Humboldt Broncos.  From donating millions of dollars to simply leaving hockey sticks outside people’s homes, the community is honoring those who departed us too soon that played the sport we love.

On April 7t the Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks wore jerseys that all read “Broncos” on the back in support of the families who lost loved ones.  On Friday, Chicago Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews took those jerseys to Humboldt to pay his respects to those lost in the accident.  In an article from cbc, Toews spoke about the event:

"“I can’t for one second pretend that I know what it’s like for anyone close to this event, to know what they’re going through what they’re feeling,” Toews said.“But just to know the entire hockey world is there for them, support and love is there.”“It’s not hard to put yourself in that spot because … you’ve been in that position for so many hours throughout your hockey career,” Toews said.“It’s just really hard to think that there’s tragic moments like this.”"

In other Blackhawks news, Notre Dame defenseman Dennis Gilbert signed a three-year entry level contract and will report to the Rockford IceHogs.  Gilbert left at the end of his junior season after making two Frozen Four appearances with Notre Dame.  An article from USCHO.com had these comments to make about Gilbert’s college hockey career:

"Playing as one of Notre Dame’s shutdown defenseman in 2017-18, he skated in 39 of 40 games, scored two short-handed goals and added six assists. He was the only defenseman in the country with more than one short-handed goal this season. He led the team with 88 blocked shots, which also ranked tied for third in the NCAA. Gilbert was named Hockey East’s Best Defensive Defenseman in 2017 and was also honored as a 2017 Hockey East Third Team All-Star."

In Indy news, the Fuel lost to Toledo 4-3 in double overtime in game one Friday.  They will play game two Sunday afternoon in Toldeo.  And in Rockford news, the IceHogs will play the Chicago Wolves in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

And finally, here is a video of Dustin Byfuglein destroying Mikko Koivu.

Hope everybody has a great weekend!

– Blackhawk Up

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Morning links

  • Top-four defenseman has to be a priority for Bowman – Chicago Sun Times
  • Alexandre Fortin taking longer path to NHL – The Athletic
  • Will Eugene Melnyk follow Chicago’s model for success – Ottawa Sun
  • Ken Hitchcock retires – NHL.com
  • Kadri gets three-game suspension for Wingels hit – Sporting News
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