Help From the Jets, Bedard's Kane-Inspired Hair, WHL Honors, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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Help From the Jets, Bedard’s Kane-Inspired Hair, WHL Honors, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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I’m opening today’s bullets with an exciting opportunity for our fans, friends and followers out there. As you may have heard, Bleacher Nation is hosting an event next week (Thursday, April 6) featuring some baseball talk with David Kaplan and a Q&A with former “Rookie of the Year” Thomas Ian Nicolas. We’re also giving away eight (8) tickets to the event and two $100 gift cards to Fanatics! All you have to do is click here and throw in your name, email and location. Easy stuff and some great giveaways!

  • Shoutout to the Winnipeg Jets. The Blackhawks’ division rival did them a solid and got shutout by the San Jose Sharks last night. Which means the Blackhawks are now second in the Bad for Bedard Sweepstakes standings with eight games left in the regular season. Columbus has one game in-hand on Chicago, San Jose and Anaheim (a win would be nice, right?) but as it stands today the Blackhawks are now second.
  • Connor Bedard guided the Regina Pats to the playoffs for the first time since 2018, and the team decided to get busy at the barber shop. Wanna get hyped about Bedard coming to Chicago? He went with Kaner’s playoff mullet! All of the feels right now. Lock it up. Get him to Chicago.
  • The WHL also handed out some regular season hardware on Tuesday. Defenseman Kevin Korchinski was named a First Team All-Star from the US Division and Nolan Allan was named to the Second Team. Allan was the captain of the Prince Albert Raiders before a mid-season trade to join Korchinski in Seattle.
  • Lost in the buzz around Jonathan Toews showing up at the morning skate yesterday was a first appearance from Austin Wagner. The forward, who was acquired from the LA Kings before the deadline, hasn’t played yet for the Blackhawks. Richardson said after the skate that he had a hand injury from a fight that didn’t heal well and was re-injured, and then got infected. But he’s getting back to game shape and might actually play for the Hawks at some point.
  • The Captain showed up at the morning skate yesterday and spoke at length with the media after practice. He looked good — and happy. And his comments were pretty direct, open and honest about him facing career mortality. It was great seeing him back on the ice and here’s hoping we see him in a few games down the stretch!
  • It wasn’t a packed house last night. In fact, it was one of the smaller crowds of the season at the United Center. With kids on spring break and the game being on a Tuesday night when it was 50 degrees outside, I get it. I’m guess when 19 is back in the lineup all of those empty seats will be filled.
  • Sometime down the road, Toews will join the all-time greats in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. And a report yesterday indicated two former Chicago Bulls will take that step into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this year.

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