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06/14/2012 8:18 AM

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Rockford, Ill. – June 22nd and 23rd are right around the corner and the Chicago Blackhawks have been selected to pick 18th overall in the first round of the 2012 National Hockey League entry draft.
Hosting the 50th annual draft this year is the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where the Blackhawks will pick 48th, 79th, 109th, 139th, 149th (from NY Rangers), 169th and 199th over the seven rounds beginning on Friday, June 22 at 6 p.m. The draft continues on Saturday morning, June 23rd at 9 a.m. for day two.

The Edmonton Oilers hold the first overall pick, followed by the Columbus Blue Jackets with the second selection.

Leading up to the 2012 NHL entry draft, will feature a series of stories to get fans set for the draft weekend. Visit for your daily 2012 NHL draft coverage starting Monday, June 18.

Monday, June 18th:  Draft Breakdown
Tuesday, June 19th:  Mock Drafts
Wednesday, June 20th:  Breakdown of the Blackhawks first overall picks over the past 20 years
Thursday, June 21st:  A look at the first round draft picks who have played for Rockford
Friday, June 22nd:  An update on the progress of all of Chicago’s draft picks from the 2009-2010 draft

Season Tickets for 2012-13 Now on Sale: Season ticket packages for the IceHogs 14th season of professional hockey in Rockford, including sixth as the AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks, are now on sale. Call (815) 847-6399 to reserve your seats or visit for more information.