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  • Daily Herald reporter Tim Sassone spent many long days working in the Blackhawks media room before games.

    Verdi on Sassone’s legacy covering the BlackhawksMar 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

  • Workers construct a large Blackhawks logo Thursday as they continue to transform Soldier Field for Saturday's Stadium Series NHL hockey game between the Blackhawks and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    Blackhawks flying high since last outdoor gameFeb 28, 2014 12:00 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.

  •  Chicago Blackhawks fans, new and old, united at Friday's rally at Hutchinson Field to celebrate a team and a franchise that has earned back their trust and admiration.

    Blackhawks’ one goal: a city united Jun 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    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.

  •  A Boston Bruins fan wearing a bear costume stands with Blackhawks fan T.J. Budka, right, of Ayer, Mass., outside the spacious TD Garden in Boston. The old Boston Garden wasn't quite so spacious or friendly for visitors.

    Verdi: At old Boston Garden, rats and excessive heat had their place Jun 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    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.

  •  Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw is surrounded by teammates after his game-winning goal in the third overtime against the Boston Bruins during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday at the Untied Center in Chicago.

    Hawks’ small Shaw is big on heart Jun 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    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.

  • Bobby Orr flies through the air after scoring the winning goal against Blues goalie Glenn Hall in overtime of the Stanley Cup Final. The Bruins won 4-3 and swept the series in four games to capture the Stanley Cup for the first time in 29 years.

    Chicago holds fond memories for Orr, Esposito Jun 14, 2013 12:00 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.

  • Steve Konroyd, center, and Denis Savard (18) have some amazing memories from the NHL playoffs, which they shared with Blackhawks Team Historian Bob Verdi. Now both are serving a commentators during the Blackhawks' run of five straight overtime games.

    Verdi: There’s no tomorrow in NHL playoffs Apr 22, 2012 12:00 AM
    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.

  • Five years after Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz, left, joined forces with John McDonough as team president, the franchise has a Stanley Cup title and four straight playoff appearances.

    Why Hawks are now cream of the cropApr 17, 2012 12:00 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. -

  • The Blackhawks, who won the Stanley Cup in 2010, are among six different teams to have won the championship since 2006. As more proof of parity in the NHL, 10 different teams have competed for the Cup in that same time.

    In salary-cap squeezed NHL, playoff berths are priceless Apr 1, 2012 12:00 AM
    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.

  • Former Chicago goalie and Hockey Hall of Fame member Eddie Belfour will be honored Sunday night by the Blackhawks.

    The Verdict: Belfour undrafted, yet undaunted Mar 25, 2012 12:00 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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