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 Smith, Brandon 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.”
Here’s a video of Montador and his beard talking about the informal practice today. (Chicago Tribune)
Finally, let’s take a look at Brent Seabrook‘s first goal. Why? Because this is my site, and I do what I want.