The Chicago Blackhawks announced their 2014-15 regular-season schedule, which begins on the road against Dallas on Thursday, Oct. 9. The Blackhawks return for their home opener on Saturday, Oct. 11, when they host the Buffalo Sabres.
USA Hockey recently released their registration numbers 2013-2014 season, and they are record breaking! There were 598,841 total members, of which 519,417 were players, both records over any previous year. Those numbers represent an increase of over 9,000 players from the previous year. More importantly, there was an upward tick in 8U players (+1,005) and 14U players (+1137). These two age groups are key indicators for growth and retention respectively. In 2008-09, there were 465,976 players registered with USA Hockey, so in 5 years we have added 53,441 players!
One of the upsides of leaving professional ice hockey would be to live a normal life, Keith Primeau said when he retired three years ago as captain of the Philadelphia Flyers.
He had lingering brain damage after multiple concussions while playing center for 15 years and could not pass the team physical.
Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane want to stay in Chicago, and the Blackhawks think the high-scoring forwards are a central part of their promising future.