In two days, the Blackhawks will welcome fans back to the United Center for the first time in the 2021 season. That game, on May 9, will be “One Community” night, honoring the resiliency of Chicago, as the team announced on Friday:
This Sunday is #OneCommunity Night at the United Center!— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) May 7, 2021
The players will wear these city-inspired warmup jerseys that will be autographed and auctioned at https://t.co/IscQMKFxkN, with proceeds benefiting the #Blackhawks Foundation. pic.twitter.com/7NgVOrQZLq
The themed night replaces Foundation night. The Blackhawks, as a part of this announcement, also announced the first cohort of Support West small grant recipients.
In addition, Lukas Reichel and his Eisbaren Berlin club won the DEL championship series on Friday, beating Grizzly Wolfsburg two games to one.
#Blackhawks prospect Lukas Reichel and Eisbären Berlin defeated Grizzly Wolfsburg 2-1 today to win the #DEL championship series 2-1. The 18-year-old forward scored five points (two goals, three assists) in nine playoff games. #EBB #HawksProspects— Brandon Cain (@brandonmcain) May 7, 2021
Eisbaren Berlin now has the most championship wins in DEL history (eight) and Reichel played two seasons with the DEL club. He is expected to move to North America next season, transitioning in either the AHL or, with a good enough training camp, perhaps even the NHL.
In injury news, both Duncan Keith and Brett Connolly were confirmed to have suffered concussions against the Hurricanes on Thursday, likely ending both of their seasons. Keith is the latest Blackhawks defenseman to be injured, as both Adam Boqvist and Calvin de Haan are already injured for Chicago, and the Blackhawks have confirmed Boqvist is done for the year. Kirby Dach’s wrist has also sidelined him for the final two games.
The Blackhawks play the Stars at home on Sunday.