The Chicago Blackhawks training camp is staying in Illinois this year.
For the first time in four seasons, the Blackhawks will host their annual training camp in Chicago instead of at the Compton Family Ice Arena on Notre Dame's campus, reports CSN Chicago's Tracey Myers.
Some of you may have guessed this already but the #Blackhawks will NOT be opening training camp at South Bend this year.— Tracey Myers (@TramyersCSN) September 1, 2016
As Myers notes, the Hawks will be heavily represented at the World Cup, which begins its preliminary rounds Sept. 17 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
Coach Joel Quenneville will be an assistant for Team Canada and General Manager Stan Bowman is a co-GM for Team North American under-23 with Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli. Ten Hawks players are slated to play in the tournament: Corey Crawford and Jonathan Toews (Canada), Michal Kempny (Czech Republic), Marian Hossa (Europe), Ville Pokka (Finland), Artem Anisimov and Artemi Panarin (Russia), Niklas Hjalmarsson and Marcus Kruger (Sweden) and Patrick Kane (United States). Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith was named to Canada's roster but withdrew to focus on rehabbing his right knee for the upcoming season.
The training camp will conclude with the camp festival at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at the United Center.