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Sharp a surprise success story for Chicago

Originally published in Eishockey News in 2008 By Lucas Aykroyd Chicago has hovered close to the bottom of the Western Conference standings for much of this season, but at least Patrick Sharp has blossomed into a leader. He’s posted a club-best six game-winning goals so far. Even after a 3-2 shootout loss to the Vancouver […]

Kane paying big dividends with Blackhawks

Some players might gripe after ending a six-game road trip with a 2-0 loss in Vancouver on November 25 and being held off the scoresheet for the fourth straight time. But not Patrick Kane. “I think we had a good trip, and you’ve got to be happy with the way we played,” the 19-year-old Chicago […]

Playmaking Zhamnov boosts Russia’s attack

Originally published on IHWC.NET in 2000 By Lucas Aykroyd They call him “Archie.” Maybe that’s an appropriate nickname for Alexei Zhamnov. The red-haired Russian sometimes achieves hockey feats of the larger-than-life dimensions of a cartoon character. But other times, his play is a mere caricature of what it could be. Russian Head Coach Alexander Yakushev […]

Nylander showing renewed confidence with Chicago

Originally published on in 2001 By Lucas Aykroyd Today, Michael Nylander plays a key role with the Chicago Blackhawks. But the playmaking Swedish center was once regarded as a fragile commodity, physically and mentally. When he broke into the NHL with the Hartford Whalers in 1992-93, he lacked upper body strength. He missed 15 […]

Boris Mironov skating miles for Chicago

Originally published on in 2000 By Lucas Aykroyd You know that song by the Who, “Boris The Spider?” Well, Boris Mironov may not have eight legs, but some nights the mobile 28-year-old Muscovite plays as much as four seventh defensemen put together. And early in his second full season with the Chicago Blackhawks, Mironov […]

Havlat holds out hope for Hawks

Originally published in Eishockey News in 2007 By Lucas Aykroyd Which is more likely, that Chicago will make the NHL playoffs or that the Berlin Wall will be rebuilt this year? According to some, the chances are about equal. Last season, the Blackhawks pinned their hopes of making the playoffs for the first time since […]

Spacek brings savvy to Chicago blueline

Originally published on in 2001 By Lucas Aykroyd If Jaroslav Spacek can elevate his NHL game to the level he’s shown in international competition, the Chicago Blackhawks are in for a real treat this year. Spacek has won gold medals in IIHF tournaments three out of the last four years, and in 1997-98, he […]

Aucoin hopes to lead Blackhawks back to NHL playoffs

Originally published in Eishockey News in 2006 By Lucas Aykroyd Adrian Aucoin is well aware that money can’t buy happiness. The veteran defenseman signed a deal worth $16 million over four years with Chicago in August 2005. But the Blackhawks missed the playoffs in 2005-06, which they’ve done in seven out of the last eight […]