Dave Bolland’s second goal Sunday against the Predators was something to behold. It was by far the Hawks’ best goal this season.
Former Hawk Dustin Byfuglien, who is having a big season for the Atlanta Thrashers at defense, will also be making the trip down to Raleigh, N.C. for the All-Star game. None of the Hawks was surprised, considering Byfuglien’s 16 goals and 41 points. Both totals lead all NHL defensemen.
Every time Patrick Kane runs into Bobby Hull, the Blackhawks legend always has one message for the team’s 22-year-old superstar. “All [Hull] tells me to do is shoot the puck every time I see him,” Kane said. “I don’t think we’re the same exact player, but there’s some similarities.”
Members of the Blackhawks’ 1961 Stanley Cup-winning team received this ring (above) from Hawks chairman Rocky Wirtz and team president John McDonough Saturday night at a private dinner in Chicago. It’s an exact replica of the ring the 1961 team received when they won the Cup with the addition of “2011″ on its side.
Defenseman Nick Leddy said he spent time in Rockford “working on plays in the corner and being better in front of the net.” Leddy did enough to warrant more time with the Hawks with Jassen Cullimore sent down, Nick Boynton struggling and John Scott a better fit at wing in the Hawks system.
With Jassen Cullimore sent down to the Rockford IceHogs Thursday and Nick Boynton struggling, there is a spot open on the Hawks defense. And 19-year-old Nick Leddy should fill it.