Holiday Greetings, NHL Returning to Play (Maybe), World Junior Championships, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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Holiday Greetings, NHL Returning to Play (Maybe), World Junior Championships, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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Welcome back to your regularly scheduled programming with us at Bleacher Nation. Hopefully you all enjoyed your Holidays including Christmas, for those who celebrate. Also wishing our Canadian friends a happy Boxing Day today and also extending a Happy Kwanza to those who celebrate today as well!

For the NHL and the Blackhawks, the Holiday break allowed for some rest and reset as the league deals with their COVID outbreak.

•   A Happy holidays from the Blackhawks…

•   Poor Tommy Hawk…

•   A Merry Christmas from Blackhawks defenseman Calvin de Haan:

•   And from Kirby Dach:

•   In the Blackhawks letters to Santa, Dach asked for everyone to stop talking about Trevor Zegras. Maybe he should have asked for better abilities at the faceoff dot…

•   Chicago is schedule to host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night at the United Center, as Dach said. So with the Blue Jackets coming to town, that means former Blackhawk defenseman Adam Boqvist is in town. Naturally, he spent the holiday with former roommate Alex DeBrincat.

•   Wholesome.

•   Two things that are ageless: Santa and Jaromir Jagr. At 49-years old, turning 50 in February, Jagr is still playing with Rytiri Kladno, the team he owns, in the Czechia top league. He has 17 points in 27 games. Again, he’s 49-years-old.

•   Imagine if he never left the NHL in the prime of his career to play in Europe, or if he had stayed a little longer in the NHL before returning to his own club a few seasons ago. He’d be flirting with Wayne Gretzky’s goal record and maybe even his career points record.

•   This Christmas season, I watched “Elf” for the first time. I enjoyed it. I would have loved it even more if this deleted scene had made it into the movie:

•   Nice find by Daily Faceoff.

•   The NHL is supposed to be returning to play today with teams practicing once again. With the return to team facilities, COVID testing resumes as well.

•   Originally, the league was set to play games once again on December 27, tomorrow. That isn’t the case.

•   The Blackhawks are supposed to play the Blue Jackets on Tuesday, and then travel to Winnipeg to play the Jets on Wednesday. We’ll see if either of those games happen as scheduled.

•   The IIHF canceled all January tournaments, in eluding the Women’s U18 World Championships. Now, the day before the opening of the tournament yesterday, the Spengler Cup was also canceled.

•   All this while the World Junior Championships are set to begin this afternoon in Alberta, Canada. Albeit in front of crowds reduced to 50% capacity. Four Blackhawks prospects will be competing in the tournament this year.

•   Team USA is looking to defend their 2021 Gold Medal, and with three Blackhawks prospects on the roster, including starting goaltender Drew Commesso, they will be one of the must-see teams in the year’s tournament.

•   The U.S. opens the tournament tonight against Slovakia. 8:30 p.m. CT puck drop.

•   That will do it for today. Hope you all enjoy your Sunday!

•   Again, maybe the last Sunday with Matt Nagy leading the Bears. But where have we heard that before?

Author: Mario Tirabassi

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