Monday, July 21, 2014

GOTOVETS AGREES TO DEAL WITH ICEHOGS

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By: Haley Jumapao
Rockford, Ill. -  The Rockford IceHogs have agreed to terms with defenseman Kirill Gotovets (KAH-rihl GOH-tuh-vehts) on an AHL contract for the 2014-15 season.

The 23-year-old born in Minsk, Belarus completed his senior season with Cornell University in 2013-2014 where he played in 32 games and tallied four points (1g-3a). Gotovets made his pro debut in the 2013-14 season with the Milwaukee Admirals where he participated in one game. He then appeared in the World Championship for the Belarus national team, and played a total of seven games.

The 5-11 d-man started his college hockey career with Cornell University in the 2010-11 season. During his college career, Gotovets played in 112 games and chalked up 19 points (3g-16a).

Gotovets was selected in the 7th round (#183 overall) by Tampa Bay in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Chicago received the rights to Gotovets from Tampa Bay in a trade for Philippe Paradis on April 2, 2013.

Season Tickets for 2014-15 Now on Sale: Reserve your seats today for the IceHogs 16th season of professional hockey and eighth as the AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks. Call (815) 847-6399 or visit icehogs.com to find a ticket package that fits your needs.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

BLACKHAWKS TO HOST 2014 PROSPECT CAMP FROM JULY 13-18

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By: Chicago Blackhawks
PROSPECT CAMP
The Chicago Blackhawks will conduct their 2014 Prospect Camp at Johnny’s IceHouse West in Chicago (2550 W. Madison St.) from Sunday, July 13 to Friday, July 18.

The camp roster of 62 invites is highlighted by all nine of Chicago’s 2014 National Hockey League Draft selections, including first-round pick Nick Schmaltz, as well as former first-round selections Teuvo Teravainen (2012) and Illinois native Ryan Hartman (2013). Additional Illinois natives include John Hayden (2013 NHL Draft, 74th overall), Anthony Louis (2013 NHL Draft, 181st overall), Vincent Hinostroza (2012 NHL Draft, 169th overall) and Alex Broadhurst (2011 NHL Draft, 199th overall).

On-ice sessions will begin on Sunday, July 13, and will run from approximately 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. CT at Johnny’s IceHouse West. On Monday, the camp will be split into three groups that will each practice for 75 minutes starting at approximately 10 a.m. Scrimmages will be conducted Tuesday-Thursday (three 20-minute periods). The group will hold one practice on Friday beginning at approximately 10:45 a.m.

All on-ice sessions at Johnny’s IceHouse West are open to the public.

2014 Prospect Camp On-Ice Schedule
All on-ice activities will take place at Johnny's IceHouse West (2550 W. Madison St., Chicago). Times are flexible and subject to change on short notice.

Sunday, July 13
9:00-10:00 a.m.: Practice (Entry-Level Contracts)
12:30-1:30 p.m.: Practice (Groups TBD)
2:00-3:00 p.m.: Practice (Groups TBD)

Monday, July 14
10:00-11:15 a.m.: Practice (Team A)
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Practice (Team B)
1:15-2:30 p.m.: Practice (Team C)

Tuesday, July 15
10:00-11:15 a.m.: Practice (Team A)
11:30 a.m.: Scrimmage - Team A vs. Team B (Three 20-minute periods)
1:15-2:30 p.m.: Practice (Team C)

Wednesday, July 16
10:00-11:00 a.m.: Practice (Team B)
11:30 a.m.: Scrimmage - Team A vs. Team B (Three 20-minute periods)
1:15-2:30 p.m.: Practice (Team C)

Thursday, July 17
10:15 a.m.: Scrimmage - Team A vs. Team B (Three 20-minute periods)
1 p.m.: Positional practice

Friday, July 18
10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.: On-ice skills and games

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

HOCKEY CAMP AND CLINIC OPENINGS

Space is still available in the following Rockford Park District summer and early fall hockey camps and clinics for hockey players ages 7-17 to develop and improve their skills:
          Jr. IceHogs Fundamentals Camps are offered for players ages 7-10 and 11-15 with full hockey gear July 14-18 and August 11-15, 20149:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Riverview Ice House in Rockford. Three hours of on-ice instruction per day are included, plus two hours of off-ice training and coaches’ chalk talks; lunch is provided Monday-Thursday.
          Elite Summer Camp is scheduled for July 14-18 and August 11-15, 201411:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Riverview Ice House in Rockford, and is for older, high-end competitive players ages 11-17 with at least one year’s travel hockey experience (Pee-wee through high school, with full equipment), and includes two hours of on-ice instruction, plus 45 minutes of off-ice training and analysis.
          Jr. IceHogs Skills and Drills Clinics are offered July 17-August 14, and August 21-September 18, 20147:30-8:20 p.m.(session lengths vary) at Carlson Ice Arena in Loves Park, and are for players ages 8 and older interested in intense skill development. These clinics will be led by 16-time state champion Icemen coach Tim Mattila.
          Register at least one week before each camp/clinic start date, either online at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org (click My RPD), by mail, fax (with credit card), or at Customer Service locations in downtown Rockford or at Carlson Ice Arena, Riverside and Perryville, Loves Park. More information about Park District hockey lessons and programs, including camp and clinic program fees and descriptions, is available online at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/iceskate, and in the Park District's Spring/Summer 2014 Program Guide (www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/guides), at Park District Customer Service and facilities, or by calling 815-969-4069. Fee assistance may be available to eligible residents. For information on support and adapted sports programs for people with disabilities, call 815-987-8800.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

ICEHOGS GARAGE SALE AND PICK A SEAT THIS SATURDAY

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By: Mike Peck
Fans can win Blackhawks tickets at event

Rockford, Ill.- With spring in the air, it’s time for the Rockford IceHogs to clear out items from the 2013-14 season. The IceHogs will be hosting a garage sale and pick-a-seat event on Saturday, May 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the BMO Harris Bank Center.

Fans can enter the BMO Harris Bank Center through the entrance on the corner of Church St. and Chestnut St. The garage sale will take place on the concourse outside of Oink Outfitters and all fans in attendance can sign up to win a pair of Chicago Blackhawks tickets for a game during the 2014-15 regular season.

Items for sale include IceHogs game worn jerseys, practice jerseys, game-used equipment, marked down IceHogs merchandise and more. Concessions will be available including hot dogs, hamburgers, soft drinks and beer.

In the arena, fans can check out some of the best available seats open for season ticket purchase for the upcoming 2014-15 season with the pick-a-seat event.  Season ticket plans range from seven-game packages all the way up to full season tickets.

For every 10-game flex plan or greater purchased on Saturday, fans will receive a free Opening Night ticket for Rockford’s home opener on Saturday, Oct. 11.

For more information on the IceHogs garage sale or pick-a-seat event, call (815) 847-6399. 

Season Tickets for 2014-15 Now on Sale: Reserve your seats today for the IceHogs 16th season of professional hockey and eighth as the AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks. Call (815) 847-6399 or visit icehogs.com to find a ticket package that fits your needs.

11 ICEHOGS ALUMNI REMAIN IN THE STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

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By: Nate Haeni
HOGS ALUMNI
Rockford, Ill. – When the puck hits the ice at the United Center tonight for Round 2 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, 11 former Rockford IceHogs will remain competing for hockey’s top prize, all with the Chicago Blackhawks.

The first round saw former Hogs Mike Kostka (Tampa Bay), Antti Niemi (San Jose), and Jack Skille (Columbus) ousted from the playoffs. Niemi backstopped the Sharks with a 3-3 record, 3.74 goals against average and .884 save percentage, but San Jose lost in Game Seven to the Los Angeles Kings. Kostka chipped in two assists for Tampa Bay as they were swept by Montreal, while Skille dished out an assist in six games with the Blue Jackets before they were eliminated by Pittsburgh.

Former IceHogs head coach Bill Peters was behind the bench in Detroit as an assist coach for the Red Wings, but the Boston Bruins topped Detroit in five games, 4-1.

The list of players remaining in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is led by Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford. The 29 year-old carries a 4-2 record into tonight’s matchup with the Minnesota Wild. In the first round of the playoffs, Crawford posted one shutout, along with a 1.98 goals against average and .935 save percentage.

On the offensive side, Brandon Saad and Andrew Shaw are highest on the Blackhawks scoring chart among former IceHogs, ranking tied for fifth on the team with four points each.

Bryan Bickell notched two goals and an assist in round one, while Marcus Kruger, Ben Smith and Kris Versteeg each added two points.

Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson and Nick Leddy each registered an assist for the Blackhawks against St. Louis.

Forward Brandon Bollig is second on the club with 12 penalty minutes. Joakim Nordstrom was in the lineup for Game Six against the Blues, but was held off the scoresheet.

Game one between the Blackhawks and Wild gets underway tonight at 8:30 p.m. and can be seen live on NBC Sports Network. 

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