Proud American Hockey League Affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks

Our Town Or Team
Buy Tickets

IceHogs News


By: Chris Etheridge
First-time event also includes session on IceHogs-Blackhawks relationship

Rockford, Ill.- This weekend’s 2008 Chicago Blackhawks convention will feature autograph sessions and a discussion on the hockey player development system by 2007-08 IceHogs Jordan Hendry and Dave Bolland.

Bolland, who scored the first goal in Rockford’s AHL history, will sign autographs at the IceHogs booth from 10-10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Hendry, who appeared in 45 games with the IceHogs in 2007-08 and made his NHL debut in January, will be available from 3-3:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The two skaters will then be joined by new Blackhawks General Manager of Minor League Affiliations Mark Bernard, Director of Player Evaluation Al MacIsaac and Rockford Head Coach Mike Haviland in the “Road to the NHL” session at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday in the Continental Ballroom. Bolland got the call to Chicago three times in 2007-08, while Hendry was recalled twice during Rockford’s first AHL season.

The players and executives will discuss how Rockford serves as a stepping stone to the NHL and the impact of having the top minor league affiliate just a couple of hours away. The convention also features discussions about the history and future of the Blackhawks and includes several autograph sessions with past and present Blackhawks players and coaches, including Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Tony Esposito, Stan Mikita, Denis Savard, Brian Campbell, Dustin Byfuglien and Eddie Olczyk. There are also opportunities to see a performance by Chicago’s Second City comedy group, meet Hall of Fame Broadcaster Pat Foley, train like a hockey player and learn about hockey equipment.

Hendry had a career season in 2007-08 and inked another two-year deal with the Hawks during this off-season. The undrafted Nokomis, Saskatchewan native made his NHL debut against Dallas on Jan. 9, 2008. He scored his first NHL point and goal with the Hawks in 2007-08 before rejoining the IceHogs to make a late-season push into the playoffs. He also appeared in 45 games with the IceHogs, scoring three goals and four assists. Following a four-year career at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, the defenseman joined the Chicago Blackhawks organization on March 9, 2006. Since that time he has not missed a single regular season game.

Bolland was also one of five Rockford IceHogs to score his first career NHL goal in 2007-08. The Mimico, Ontario native appeared in one game with the Blackhawks in 2006-07, his NHL debut, and broke camp with the IceHogs in 2007-08. He scored the first goal in IceHogs AHL history against Quad City in the season opener, but his time in Rockford was short-lived as he became the first  player to get recalled on Oct. 25, 2007. In 39 games with the Blackhawks, the center scored four goals and had 13 assists.

Search Archive »

Browse by Month »

November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010

December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
December 0200