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Morning Bag Skate: One day until Blackhawks preseason begins

Our daily look at Blackhawks news and the happenings around the hockey world.

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The Blackhawks return to the ice in just one day as the team drops the puck for preseason against the Red Wings on Tuesday night. Even if it's a meaningless game that probably won't be all that interesting, at least we're just a couple weeks from the real action getting started.

And on another note, our friends over at Puck & Grind are hosting a special event in November including a 3v3 hockey tournament, a fundraiser and more. Proceeds will be going to You Can Play, a ​national project trying to make the world of sports a safer and more inclusive environment for the LGBT community. For more information, check out Puck & Grind's website (note: images on website may be NSFW). We've also included their full press release on the event below.


**Lots of good vibes surrounding Artemi Panarin after a strong camp (

**The latest on the Kane investigation, this time concerning the DNA test results (Buffalo News)

**The Sun-Times also confirmed the Buffalo News' report (Chicago Sun-Times)

**Celebrate Hawks' championship with Second City Dynasty T-shirt (SCH)


**The Predators started out their preseason by splitting a double-header with the Panthers (On The Forecheck)

**A special camp podcast on the Avalanche (Mile High Hockey)

**Some observations on the Stars' scrimmages (Defending Big D)


**This is the kind of problem Jaromir Jagr has to deal with (Puck Daddy)

**The Oilers are taking a major gamble that Oscar Klefblom will live up to his seven-year deal (Puck Daddy)

**A big look at the challenging relationship between the NHL and its female fans (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

**The death of former NHL enforcer Todd Ewen has been ruled a suicide. Ewen had reportedly been dealing with depression for years. Stories like Ewen's and Steve Montador's show why it's so important players get the necessary support after their playing days. Hopefully this is something Daniel Carcillo and Chapter 5 will be able to help with. (CBS Sports)


**The polls are picking Boston College to win Hockey East this season (SBN College Hockey)


Here's the full release from Puck & Grind with all the details from the event described above:

Chicago, IL -- ​Local athlete and burlesque performer Ali Lawrence is hosting a unique and LGBT/ally-empowering event, starting with a hockey tournament at Johnny’s Ice House followed by a burlesque show/hockey w​atch party at Lincoln Tap Room. The entire day of events is a fundraiser for You Can Play, a​national project trying to make the world of sports a safer and more inclusive environment for the LGBT community.

The puck drops at ​noon, at Johnny's IceHouse West (2​550 W Madison Street) f​or​a 3v3 hockey tournament, featuring four co-ed teams of mixed skill level. Then, to celebrate the victors of the coveted Puck and Grind cup, the rhinestones will hit the stage of Lincoln Tap Room (3​010 N Lincoln Avenue) starting at 8pm as some of Chicago’s finest burlesque performances will pepper the intermissions and pre/post­show viewing of the B​lackhawks vs Canucks game playing throughout the bar. I​nterested players can register for the tourney for $55 as soon as October 1st at​ B​oth events are suggested donation entry, and there will be raffle tickets and drink wristbands sold at Lincoln Tap Room.

Puck and Grind w​as created by Ali Lawrenc​e, with the idea of t​urning two of her passions into a fundraiser for You Can Play, ​joining their mission to challenge the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing, not on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, but on an athlete’s talent, desire and spirit. Her​ goal is to help facilitate more of those special, celebratory moments for gay athletes and their straight allies, and spread You Can Play’s message of acceptance and respect.

Please note, while the tournament is all-ages to attend, you must be 18+ to compete, and 21+ to attend the show/watch party. There will also be beverages (alcoholic & non) available for purchase. For more information on P​uck and Grind please visit w​​