Articles filed under Verdi, Bob

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  • One more look at Hossa’s milestone moment Oct 31, 2014 5:15 PM
    One thing hasn’t changed since Marian Hossa was drafted 12th overall in 1997: Hossa is a professional. As Ottawa Senators fans know, he remains an elegant player, respected and respectful. Bob Verdi looks takes a closer look at the memorable night for Hossa, the 80th individual in National Hockey League history to attain the 1,000 point plateau.

  • Quenneville still making all the right moves May 31, 2014 5:12 PM
    On most nights, a hockey coach might feel like an elevator operator. In either job, buttons are at your disposal to control ups and downs. But they are so repetitious that it is advisable to accept a certain sense of being powerless, go with the flow and keep the status of your emotions veering too far from quo. On most nights, Joel Quenneville operates thusly as his Blackhawks seek to defend their 2013 Stanley Cup, but in Games 5 and 6 against Los Angeles, Quenneville has changed up and pushed all the right buttoms, as Blackhawks Team Historian Bob Verdi explains.

  • Verdi on the 3 C’s of Captain Toews May 17, 2014 1:09 PM
    Blackhawks Team Historian Bob Verdi talks with NHL legend Scotty Bowman about the many qualities of Hawks captain Jonathan Toews. Far from being a true Captain Serious, Toews is a true leader who embodies the 3 C's: clutch, consistent and complete.

  • For Hawks and Blues, history always matters Apr 17, 2014 9:39 AM
    Inseparable if not intimate, the Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues shall renew spring snarls when they commence the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs Thursday night. This will mark the 11th postseason series between these spirited rivals — but the first since 2002 — and it occurs earlier than expected.

  • Verdi on Sassone’s legacy covering the Blackhawks Mar 30, 2014 5:20 PM
    In an evolving industry, Tim Sassone represented a bastion of stability. For more than a quarter century, he wrote about one team, the Blackhawks, for one newspaper, The Daily Herald. And as Blackhawks Team Historian and colleague Bob Verdi explains, if you were among the many who competed against him over the years, you were best served to take your lumps and promise to try harder. You were not going to outwork him; that was a given.

  • Blackhawks flying high since last outdoor game Feb 28, 2014 5:42 AM
    Blackhawks Team Historian Bob Verdi takes a closer look at the history and symmetry surrounding Saturday's NHL Stadium Series game involving the Blackhawks at Soldier Field. Inasmuch as the Bears once played where the Blackhawks played, it is only sporting that the Blackhawks again skate into a lair of the Bears.

  • Blackhawks’ one goal: a city united Jun 29, 2013 8:33 PM
    Once upon a time, 16,666 represented not only capacity for the Chicago Stadium on game nights; it was the ceiling number, hypothesized by skeptics, of Blackhawks supporters in the entire region. Friday’s mass of smiling humanity seemed closer to or even beyond the 2 million estimate for 2010’s coronation. Bob Verdi offers his perspective on the celebration, and the franchise that earned back Chicago's trust.

  • Verdi: At old Boston Garden, rats and excessive heat had their place Jun 18, 2013 9:16 PM
    It is probably just as well that the visitors’ locker room in Boston is cramped, and not because the Blackhawks need a heightened sense of togetherness during this time of stress. Tiny is terrific preparation. When they attempt to tie the Stanley Cup Final in Game 4 at TD Garden Wednesday night, they surely will find the Boston Bruins in an intrusive mood again. Bob Verdi, the Blackhawks Team Historian and former newspaper scribe, takes a stroll down memory lane, detailing some colorful antics deployed at the old Boston Garden for visiting teams.

  • Hawks’ small Shaw is big on heart Jun 15, 2013 7:53 PM
    Andrew Shaw called it “luck,” attached to another emotional outburst for which he received unconditional absolution from Rocky Wirtz during a morning-after radio appearance by the Chairman of the Blackhawks. But as long as we’re on the subject, why not reach for a hat trick of rhymes and settle on “pluck”? Those who have observed his brief yet busy career will attest that Shaw, the “Pocket Pest” whose given weight of 180 pounds seems a bit lofty, has a competitive gene that leads him into areas where angels fear to tread.

  • Chicago holds fond memories for Orr, Esposito Jun 14, 2013 5:29 AM
    Bobby Orr is on the phone, having just learned he was long ago cited as an idol of Joel Quenneville, the most interesting coach in the world. “Is that right?” Orr was saying. “I'm thrilled. He's done one heck of a job in Chicago.” Orr will be in Boston for Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Hall of Fame defenseman played his first game for the Bruins and his last for the Blackhawks, forced to retire at age 30 with a ravaged knee.

  • Verdi: There’s no tomorrow in NHL playoffs Apr 22, 2012 5:51 PM
    In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, there's no tomorrow.How many times have we heard or uttered this hymn? And how often have we realized that hockey's second season, arguably the purest and most compelling path to a championship in competitive sports, frequently produces overtime classics beyond one's imagination — and well past midnight. Blackhawks Team Historian Bob Verdi reveals the compelling side of the Stanley Cup playoffs with some player perspective from Steve Konroyd and Denis Savard.

  • Why Hawks are now cream of the crop Apr 17, 2012 7:21 AM
    Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz is finishing up his fifth year since inheriting the franchise, which is not to be confused with the final lap of a professed five-year plan to resurrect it. In this extensive interview with Bob Verdi, Wirtz explains the transformation from being irrelevant to becoming a model franchise. -

  • In salary-cap squeezed NHL, playoff berths are priceless Apr 1, 2012 2:39 PM
    Since 2006 there has been a different Stanley Cup champion in each of the six seasons and 10 different teams in the Cup finals — a slightly more inclusive mix than exists in baseball, football and basketball. In this report, Blackhawks Team Historian Bob Verdi examines the impact of the salary cap structure in the NHL, and how it has brought more parity to the playoffs.

  • The Verdict: Belfour undrafted, yet undaunted Mar 25, 2012 10:40 AM
    Like they were in the old Chicago Stadium, the chants of "ED-DIE!!" ED-DIE!!" will be rocking Sunday night at the United Center as the Blackhawks honor Hall of Fame goaltender Ed Belfour with a Heritage Night celebration. In this report, Chicago Blackhawks Team Historian Bob Verdi offers an inside look at an athlete who never backed down from a challenge. In addition to the feature, offered through an alliance by the Blackhawks with the Daily Herald, check out the video links to the 1991 NHL All-Star Game at Chicago Stadium, and the HOF induction speech by Belfour.

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