The Blackhawks Return to the Ice, Capitals Name a Sweater Sponsor, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

Yesterday was a good day.

The Chicago Blackhawks opened their training camp with a bang: the return of Jonathan Toews.

•   Toews was back on the ice for the Blackhawks for the first time since the conclusion of the 2020 postseason for Chicago. After missing all of the 2020-21 season, Toews was back in a sight for sore eyes, and looked as ready to come back as Blackhawks fans likely could have hoped for.

•   Toews touched on a number of topics following practice, including his energy levels post practice and what his goals are fore the season.

•   We also heard from Patrick Kane following the first day of training camp. Following a 2020-21 season where Kane led the team in points, he talked about his “nagging” injury that has become all the rage, as well as his outlook for the club this season.

•   One of the biggest pieces of news we got regarding the Blackhawks yesterday was from President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Stan Bowman revealing that the team is 100% vaccinated against COVID-19 heading into the season. That, amongst other things like how to manage Jonathan Toews’ workload this season.

•   You can take it all in again from day one here:

•   Gosh, it was just so good to have hockey back yesterday and now we can officially get the 2021-22 season underway.

•   Also good news coming from the NHL yesterday was that 30 of 32 arenas around the league, including the United Center, will be able to operate with full fan capacity this season.

•   The UC has COVID protocols in place this season for fans coming to games as well, but following all of those will allow for the safest way to fill the Madhouse this season.

•   And speaking of COVID protocols, the Blackhawks placed Mike Hardman and Kevin Lankinen into protocol ahead of Friday’s practice.

•   In case you missed it, in the latest from Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli, Marc-André Fleury is living in Chicago this season in Brent Seabrook’s old house!

•   I wonder if he’s still going to let Kirby Dach live in the basement?

•   In other hockey news around the city, the Chicago Wolves unveiled new sweaters ahead of the 2021-22 AHL season.

•   Now affiliated with the Carolina Hurricanes, maybe this will be the end of the Mountain Dew Motocross sweaters?

•   The saga in Buffalo between the Sabres and Jack Eichel became more of a clown-show yesterday. The Athletic’s John Vogl lays it out plain and simple: this is wrong.

•   From one former second-overall pick to another, Patrik Laine knows he had a bad year last year, but he’s not letting it hinder what he does this year.

•   Got to appreciate the honesty.

•   The caption says it all:

•   I hate it.

•   Speaking of new sweaters, the Washington Capitals are the first NHL team to have a sweater sponsor lined up for the 2022-23 season, the first in which the NHL will allow teams to have ads on sweaters.

•   Oh the absolute horror! Much like the ads on the helmets, no one will notice or care two weeks after the 2022-23 season starts. The league and the players will make more money, allowing for a better NHL product in the end.

•   Finally, today is a big day in the hockey world. A Happy Third Birthday to Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty!

•   A legend in their own right.

•   The NFL is making some bold changes to Wild Card weekend.

•   WIN WIN WIN.

•  Okay, I’m listening.

•   That will do it for today. Hope you all have a great TGIF Friday!

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Mario Tirabassi is a writer for Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Mario_Tirabassi.

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