Even though he probably won't be between the pipes Saturday night against the Penguins, goalie Antti Raanta will be sporting the coolest fashion statement at Soldier Field: a tribute mask in honor of former Hawks goalie Eddie Belfour, complete with dual bald eagles on each side.
"The guy who was making the mask asked me if I wanted to make a tribute mask for Eddie Belfour because everyone knows he's a big, big legend as a Blackhawks goalie," Raanta said. "When I got the mask, I was really excited about it.
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"I didn't know how everyone was going to react; I don't know how Eddie is reacting about this. Hopefully he's taking it that I'm respecting him."
Kris Versteeg hopes that's the case as well.
"I told him that Eddie Belfour is a pretty tough customer," Versteeg said. "I don't know how excited he's gonna be about that.
"Hopefully Mr. Belfour enjoys it, though, because Annti seems to look up to him."
Bickell back at it:
Bryan Bickell says he feels rejuvenated since returning from the Olympic break.
After watching No. 29 back on the ice the past few days, his coach couldn't agree more.
"This is the best I've seen him skate all year," Joel Quenneville said. "Getting away and getting him re-energized, coming off that (knee) injury. He trended well at the end of the last road trip where he was playing the best that we've seen all year.
"When he skates like that, good things are going to happen for him. You can definitely see he has the pace that we're looking for. He can be at his best when he's skating likes that."
And one makes 13:
Michal Rozsival was the first Hawks' Olympian to return to the practice ice with his teammates … even though he didn't have to.
"I've been waking up at 5 a.m. the last couple of days, so I kind of decided I wanted to get on the ice, get some sweat and be a little more tired and hopefully get better sleep tonight," Rozsival said.
After participating in a lively practice Monday, coach Joel Quenneville wondered if his veteran defenseman might be ruing his decision.
"It was his choice," Quenneville said. "He probably felt like, 'let's get back out there,' and by the end of practice he wished maybe not."
Rozsival's arrival made it 13 players at practice. That number is expected to rise as the rest of the Olympians slowly work their way back, with a majority expected on the ice by Wednesday.
Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook will make a guest appearance Tuesday night in an episode of the NBC drama "Chicago Fire" at 9 p.m.
He said it:
"Hockey's a winter sport. I don't think a hockey tournament in Brazil in the middle of the summer would attract a lot of fans."
-- Brent Seabrook, on the possibility of making hockey part of the Summer Olympics