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I started covering the Chicago Blackhawks in 2007 for IndianHeadNation.com and eventually on Twitter and now The Hockey Writers. Although I've never played at a professional level, I have followed the NHL religiously, analytically, and statistically since 1999, and a born fan since 1989. I have one true passion: HOCKEY.

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Recent Articles by Ton

Rick DiPietro (RagingMike/Flickr)

Power Ranking the No. 1 Overall Picks From 2000-2009

Since the inception of the NHL Entry Draft, every decade has had their share of booms and busts at the No. 1 overall pick. The 80’s produced household names such […]

Bryan Bickell of the Chicago Blackhawks (picture by Cheryl Adams/HockeyBroad)

Bryan Bickell Signs Contract Extension with Chicago

The Chicago Blackhawks have extended Bryan Bickell to a contract loosely identified as a four year deal worth $16 million total according to Mark Lazerus. Earlier in the day the Blackhawks traded Dave Bolland and Michael Frolik for […]

by · July 1, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Chicago Blackhawks, Trades Contracts and Transactions
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Jonathan Toews Wins Selke

The poll results are in and Jonathan Toews has been named the best defensive forward in 2013 after capturing the Frank J. Selke Trophy for the first time in his […]

by · June 15, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Chicago Blackhawks
Brett Kulak has the potential to develop into a Duncan Keith type blueliner (Warren Wimmer/Icon SMI)

Duncan Keith Suspended One Game

  Duncan Keith will serve a one game suspension for his slash against Jeff Carter in Game 3, meaning Sheldon Brookbank will suit up in Game 4 vs. the Los Angeles Kings. Keith admitted to […]

by · June 6, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Chicago Blackhawks, Suspensions
Antti Raanta will have a lot of interest from NHL teams (Photo: Anna Ahola)

Blackhawks Ink Finnish MVP Antti Raanta

According to Juha Hiitela of Urheilusanomat, the Chicago Blackhawks have signed Finnish goaltender Antti Raanta to a one year entry-level deal. Raanta, 24, led the SM-liiga in save percentage (0.943 SV%, third […]

by · June 5, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Chicago Blackhawks
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Facts Every Blackhawks Fan Should Know Before Game Seven

Here are a few fun facts to know before the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Detroit Red Wings in game seven of the Western Conference Semi-finals. Some include random facts, […]

by · May 29, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Chicago Blackhawks
Jonathan Toews Named Finalist for Mark Messier Leadership Award

Jonathan Toews Named Finalist for Mark Messier Leadership Award

The NHL announced this morning that Chicago Blackhawks captain, Jonathan Toews, is a finalist for the 2013 Mark Messier Leadership Award for his excellent leadership qualities in the Blackhawks locker room. […]

by · May 20, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Chicago Blackhawks
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Series Preview, Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild

I will try and refrain from opinion and stick to fact. Below is a comparison of both teams. SEASON SERIES — The Blackhawks did well against Minnesota this year, taking the season […]

by · April 30, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild
Maxime Sauve of the Providence Bruins (Photo Courtesy of Alan Sullivan/Providence Bruins)

Blackhawks and Bruins Make a Prospect Swap

The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired minor league forward Maxime Sauve from the Boston Bruins in exchange for Rob Flick. Sauve, 23, has spent parts of four seasons playing for the Providence Bruins of […]

by · April 3, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks
Blackhawks and Lightning Swap Prospects

Blackhawks and Lightning Swap Prospects

The Chicago Blackhawks have traded Rockford IceHogs forward Philippe Paradis to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Cornell University defenseman Kirill Gotovets. Gotovets was a 7th round draft pick in the 2009 NHL Entry […]

by · April 3, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Chicago Blackhawks
Jeremy Morin (Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Prospect Report: Jeremy Morin and the IceHogs

Last Saturday, Jimmy Hayes netted a hat trick along with two assists to complete his five point night. Then on the following Wednesday, he was called up over Jeremy Morin to fill left wing slot on […]

by · March 18, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Chicago Blackhawks
Corey Crawford (Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE)

Corey Crawford’s Injury: Why So Secretive?

During last nights game against the St. Louis Blues, Corey Crawford was caught stumbling back to the bench after the first period. The intermission rolled around and Ray Emery started […]

by · March 1, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Chicago Blackhawks