There’s hockey next weekend and football this weekend. We’re wandering into the best time of year for sports fans, and we can’t wait for the puck to join baseball and pro and college football.
- Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. As we’ve written about since his hiring, new Blackhawks head coach Luke Richardson is passionate about raising awareness for mental health because he lost a daughter, Daron, to suicide in 2010. The Richardsons founded the Do It for Daron Foundation to support initiatives “that encourage young people to talk openly about mental illness and to ask for help when needed.”
- This is an incredibly important issue. Lots of people — not just teenagers — deal with mental health struggles on a daily basis. And, as the father of a high school sophomore, I can’t fathom the loss of a child that age. I hope the Blackhawks support DIFD and provide opportunities for fans and media to engage with the organization during the coming season.
- Please make sure you follow DIFD on Twitter and refer friends to it as well.
- If you’re looking for Blackhawks prospect content on Tik Tok, the Rockford IceHogs have officially joined! We’re excited to see what they do in that space. The IceHogs already do a good job on social media so adding a new platform is a great move.
- Paul Ludwinski had a mic on and it was absolute gold. We’re hoping the Kingston social team gives us more of this great material from the Blackhawks’ second-rounder from this past summer.
- Yo! We recognize No. 14 — that’s our Kevin! Korchinski and the Seattle Thunderbirds were on the ice Friday afternoon and the Blackhawks’ top pick had two assists in the preseason tilt.
- The Athletic had some big questions for prospects at the Rookie Showcase this week, and some of the answers might surprise you.
- Even with the next generation of players, the guys they watched “growing up” were primarily Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. Patrick Kane was the third player to get multiple votes (with two). One “Western Conference” prospect said of Kane: “I’ve tried his spin-o-rama a couple of times. I haven’t scored on it yet but hopefully this year.”
- Which player would the prospects like to have dinner with? Kane got another vote — and another comment from an anonymous “Western Conference” prospect. ““I know all of Kaner’s moves,” the player said. “I’ve seen all of his highlights. I’d like to get to know him and his thought process.”
- Calvin de Haan put his body on the line every night for the Blackhawks, and paid a price for doing so. While him not returning makes sense considering the current depth on the blue line in Chicago, we still respect and appreciate the way he played the game while he was here. He thanks Chicago for his time here after signing a PTO contract with Carolina on Friday.
- Finally, we bring you this oops from the Yankees’ game last night.
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