Fresh Brew: Blackhawks Continue To Practice

Toews leads the team during practice. (Via @adamjahns/Twitter)

The NHL might be locked out, but that doesn’t stop the Blackhawks from getting a skate in.

Most of the team that has already made their way to Chicago — including Jonathan Toews, Jamal Mayers (who worked the whistle), Patrick Sharp, Dave Bolland, Steve Montador, Johnny Oduya, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Marcus Kruger, and Sheldon Brookbank — skated in an informal practice today at Johnny’s Ice House West. Ben SmithBrandon Pirri, Adam Clendening, and Jeremy Morin also joined the group, along with ex-Blackhawks Brian Campbell, Ben Eager, and Troy Brouwer. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Funny thing about this lockout — the Blackhawks can go to Johnny’s Ice House West to practice, can wear their own practice sweaters — but they can’t use their locker room. (@TimSassone)

When asked about heading to Europe, Toews had this to say:

“That’s something I’ve been thinking about. It’s in the back of my mind right now. It’s definitely an option. But like everything, it’s a very uncertain thing. I’ll take it day-by-day and see where that might progress. If it gets to a certain point, where I feel like it’s absolutely necessary, then we’ll make a decision. But as of right now, I don’t feel too pressed.”

Bolland said he would wait a while before leaving for Europe, as well. However, Hjalmarsson will be heading back to Sweden. It is unsure if or where he will play during the lockout. (@AdamJahns)

Here’s a video of Montador and his beard talking about the informal practice today. (Chicago Tribune)

The Blackhawks Training Camp Festival has been postponed until further notice. The team has also refunded those who signed up for the Mad Dash to Madison 5K race. (Chicago Blackhawks)

Finally, let’s take a look at Brent Seabrook‘s first goal. Why? Because this is my site, and I do what I want.

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