The NHL announced that they have cancelled all regular season games through October 24. That includes five Blackhawks games.
- Saturday, October 13 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
- Tuesday, October 16 @ Winnipeg Jets
- Thursday, October 18 vs. Colorado Avalanche
- Saturday, October 20 vs. Detroit Red Wings
- Tuesday, October 23 @ St. Louis Blues
If you have already bought tickets to any of these games, keep an eye on your email to find out how to get your money back.
Jonathan Toews had some very strong words about the lockout today, according to the Chicago Tribune:
“It’s another disappointing but expected move from the league,” Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said via text from Phoenix, where he is working with his personal trainer. “This seems to be our commissioner’s bread and butter; it’s almost like he is excited to take away hockey from the fans and the players just because he can. Personally, I still haven’t heard a valid argument from the league for what they are doing, just that they want more and last time it wasn’t enough. If they would be as determined to solve these issues as they are quick to point the finger at us (the players), this would be settled by now. But they aren’t, and now we know we’ll miss at least two weeks because of it.”
Steve Montador was more succinct about his feelings:
“This is a very [expletive] situation.” (@AdamJahns)
Along with the news of lost NHL games came the rumors that NHL stars might be defecting to Europe. According to aftonbladet.se, those players include Patrick Kane and Ray Emery.
Patrick Sharp was on hand for to help promote Gillete’s “My City is My Gym” campaign at Navy Pier today. For photos of the event, click here.
In Rockford IceHogs news, the team released two players from their professional tryout contracts, Travis Novak and Jake Trask. Both are expected to report to the Toledo Walleye. The releases come a day after a brutal 6-1 loss to the Chicago Wolves in preseason action.
The IceHogs are back in action tonight in Rockford at the BMO Harris Bank Center against the Milwaukee Admirals at 7:05pm. There is no admission fee to the game. The lineup for tonight’s game is as follows:
Ben Smith-Brandon Pirri-Andrew Shaw
Jimmy Hayes-Martin St. Pierre-Peter LeBlanc
Brandon Bollig-Marcus Kruger-Byron Froese
Philippe Paradis-Chris DeSousa-Wade Brookbank
Nick Leddy-Shawn Lalonde
Joe Lavin-Ben Youds
Brett Lebda-Adam Clendening