USA WJC Warm-Up Loss, Pearson Out at Michigan, Wisconsin Sell-Out, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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USA WJC Warm-Up Loss, Pearson Out at Michigan, Wisconsin Sell-Out, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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Happy Saturday, and, most importantly, happy birthday to my mom. The calendar lacks any Blackhawks-related hockey this weekend, but Canada will face Sweden for the gold medal in the Hlinka Gretzky Cup tonight. It’s worth watching if you want a peak some future draft-eligible players.

  • The United States played Finland in a warm-up game for the World Juniors on Friday night. It didn’t go well. Finland won 5-2 and the US was 1-for-9 on the power play. None of the Blackhawks’ four prospects factored in the two goals for the Americans.
  • Thankfully this was a warm-up, but they only get one more change to fix things before games that count begin next week. As a reminder, we’ll be covering the WJC tournament and how the Blackhawks’ prospect perform throughout the coming weeks. We shared the schedules yesterday.
  • On Friday, the University of Michigan fired men’s hockey head coach Mel Pearson. As we noted previously, the university investigated allegations into the culture of the hockey program under Pearson and released its findings earlier this week. With Chicago’s top forward selection from the 2022 NHL Draft, Frank Nazar, heading to Michigan this fall, this is obviously a situation to keep an eye on moving forward and could have implications on the timeline for Nazar to turn pro.
  • Speaking of awful situations costing jobs (finally), the increasing pressure on Hockey Canada to clean house has started to turn into action. The growing number of allegations of sexual misconduct and a culture in which it was covered up at every level of hockey in Canada made this seem inevitable, but it took longer than many would have liked.
  • The Blackhawks announced their preseason game in Milwaukee “sold out in minutes.” Now we just need Ashton Kutcher to scream “Hello Wisconsin!” at us like he did closing the intro to “That 70’s Show.”
  • Finally, a reminder that the Blackhawks didn’t corner the market on stupidity in the front office and head coach’s office over the past three years. Things were pretty dumb at Halas Hall, too.

Author: Tab Bamford

Tab is the Lead Blackhawks voice for BN. He is the author of two books about the Blackhawks, most recently "Chicago Blackhawks: An Illustrated Timeline" (Reedy Press, 2021). Find him on Twitter at @The1Tab