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Chicago’s Cup-winning squad reunites for charity game


The 2010 Chicago Blackhawks team was one of the most beloved — and dominant —  in Windy City history.

Most Chicagoans will tell you they hated seeing the squad broken up.

So, good news on that front — several of those Cup-winning ‘Hawks will be getting back together for a one-time engagement.

“Champs for Charity” — the brainchild of ex-Hawk Adam Burish — will be played on Oct. 26 and feature a number of players that brought Chicago its first Stanley Cup in 49 years.

“It’s a good excuse to get everyone back together and play hockey and have fun,” Burish told the Chicago Tribune. “And we can tie in a charity that everyone feels good about and, No. 3, let fans watch hockey again.

“The people of Chicago can watch the team that they fell in love with when we won the Cup.”

Chicago’s love affair with that team was short-lived. A salary cap crunch prevented ‘Hawks brass from retaining several key components, many of whom were either traded or allowed to walk as free agents.

Case on point: Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Dave Bolland are the three lone current Chicago players set to partake in the event, featuring several displaced alumni from the ’10 squad: Brian Campbell (now with Florida), Troy Brouwer (Washington), Ben Eager (Edmonton), Andrew Ladd (Winnipeg), Jake Dowell (Minnesota), Kris Versteeg (Florida), John Madden (unattached) and Burish (San Jose).

Other NHL players currently scheduled to play are James Wisniewski, Craig Anderson, Ville Leino, Mike Brown, Antti Miettinen, Jared Boll, Tom Gilbert, Alex Goligoski, Al Montoya, Jack Johnson, Ryan Suter and Kimmo Timonen.

Proceeds from the game will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana.

UPDATE: No confirmation, but it sounds like Patrick Kane might be a participant as well.

Kings’ AHL affiliate gives Emery PTO

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Ray Emery has agreed to join the Ontario Reign on a professional tryout, according to a team release.

The Reign are the minor league affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings.

Emery attended Tampa Bay’s training camp on a PTO, but he was released after the team claimed Kevin Poulin on waivers from the Islanders.

The 33-year-old had a 10-11-7 record with a 3.06 goals-against-average and a .894 save percentage in 31 games with the Flyers last season.

Even with starter Jonathan Quick struggling, it’s hard to envision this move leading to a return to the NHL for Emery.

The Kings have Quick and Jhonas Enroth with the big club, while veteran Peter Budaj was signed to a two-way contract on Friday.

Goalie nods: Reimer makes first start of the season

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James Reimer will get his first start of the 2015-16 season on Saturday night against Ottawa.

Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock made it clear from the beginning that Jonathan Bernier was going to start on Wednesday against Montreal and Friday in Detroit, while Reimer would get in against the Sens.

“I’ve known this for a long time that (Bernier is) starting and he’s starting on Wednesday and he’s starting on Friday. Reims is starting on Saturday,” Babcock said before the season began.

Things haven’t gone according to plan for Toronto through two games.

Not only have they lost both contests, but Bernier was pulled in yesterday’s 4-0 loss to the Red Wings, and the team has scored only one goal this season.

Reimer, who stopped 12 of 13 shots in just under 40 minutes of action against Detroit, will go up against Craig Anderson.


Cam Talbot will try to get his first win as an Oiler as they travel to Nashville to take on the Predators. Pekka Rinne will start for the Predators.

Carey Price and Tuukka Rask will face-off when the Canadiens and Bruins renew hostilities at the TD Garden in Boston.

Petr Mrazek will be between the pipes when the Red Wings take on the ‘Canes in Carolina. Cam Ward gets the nod for the Hurricanes.

Keith Kinkaid for the Devils. Braden Holtby makes his first start of the year in the Capitals’ season opener.

Steve Mason for the Flyers. Roberto Luongo for the Panthers in their opener.

-Columbus hasn’t confirmed who their starter will be in the back half of their home-and-home with the Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist will start for New York.

Jake Allen makes his first start of the regular season for St. Louis. Devan Dubnyk for the Wild.

-The Islanders have yet to confirm their starter for tonight’s game in Chicago. Scott Darling for the ‘Hawks after Corey Crawford helped spoil the party in Brooklyn yesterday.

Antti Niemi gets the call for Dallas after he blanked the Penguins in his first start. Semyon Varlamov for Colorado.

Jonas Hiller for Calgary. Ryan Miller for the Canucks.

-The Penguins haven’t confirmed who their starter will be in Arizona tonight. Mike Smith will likely play in back-to-back games after beating the Kings on Friday.

-The Ducks have yet to confirm their starter. Martin Jones will start for San Jose.