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John Dietz

Chicago Blackhawks Beat Writer
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John Dietz is the Daily Herald’s Blackhawks beat writer. Since joining the Daily Herald in 1998, John also has contributed a fantasy football column for more than 15 years, and has helped cover the Chicago Bears (Super Bowl XX) and golf while serving as a key member of the Sports Copy Desk for many years and working closely with Tim Sassone and Mike Spellman, his predecessors on the hockey beat. Like many NHL players, he’s an avid golfer who tried to get in 50-plus rounds a year. A graduate of Northern Illinois University, he previously worked at the Bloomington Pantagraph, the Freeport Jounal Standard and the Sterling Daily Gazette.

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Defense a top priority as Blackhawks round out draft

Jun 24 2017 | 6:21 pm - After all the chaos Friday, it’s no wonder the fact the Blackhawks took Henri Jokiharju in the first round of the NHL Draft barely registered on fans’ radar. But it’s time to take a closer look at the Finnish defenseman and see...

NHL Draft in Chicago was huge success

Jun 24 2017 | 6:40 pm - The NHL Draft was a rousing success for the Blackhawks and the city of Chicago. Here are some of the weekend’s highlights.

Blackhawks’ Kane, Kruger tell their draft-day stories

Jun 24 2017 | 5:51 pm - With the NHL draft being held at the United Center on Friday and Saturday, we asked 12 current or former Blackhawks to recall their draft-day experience. In our final installment, we talk with Patrick Kane and Marcus Kruger.

Chicago Blackhawks’ Quenneville ponders the future

Jun 24 2017 | 8:53 pm - Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Friday was an emotional day for him. How does he move on? What are his plans now that Brandon Saad has returned? John Dietz explores those topics.

Blackhawks trade Hjalmarsson to Arizona

Jun 23 2017 | 11:13 am - Draft day got off to an explosive start for the Blackhawks on Friday as Stan Bowman traded three-time Stanley Cup-winning defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson to Arizona.

Through adaptive golf program, father can play, not just watch

Jun 22 2017 | 10:49 pm - Suffering delayed effects of a long-ago car accident, John Marrone still wanted to find a sport he could play with his son. That led him to the Burr Ridge-based Freedom Golf Association.

An amputee, Bruce Miller found a way to golf again

Jun 22 2017 | 10:48 pm - After having a leg amputated Bruce Miller of Orland Park told doctors playing golf again was one of his goals. He turned to Burr Ridge-based Freedom Golf Association to help him make that happen.

Veteran says program helped him get on course despite injuries, PTSD

Jun 22 2017 | 10:48 pm - With post traumatic stress disorder and back injuries from an explosion in Iraq, retired Sgt. Phil Bell was depressed and lonely until he found the Freedom Golf Association, a Burr Ridge-based nonprofit that helps people with disabilities enjoy the...

Hinsdale golfer's program gets people with disabilities on the course

Jun 23 2017 | 10:45 am - Just months after losing both of his legs below the knees and most of his hands, Hinsdale's EQ Sylvester formed the Freedom Golf Association to help those with disabilities enjoy the sport he has played his entire life.

Toews shocked after roster remake; Chicago Blackhawks draft D-man

Jun 23 2017 | 10:30 pm - Shock. That is the best way to describe how Jonathan Toews felt after Friday’s whirlwind day that saw the Chicago Blackhawks remake their team by trading away Niklas Hjalmarsson and Artemi Panarin, and re-acquiring Brandon Saad.

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