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Blackhawks Bits: Reichel wins championship, Blackhawks hosting One Community night

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The Blackhawks welcome back fans on Sunday and Monday

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Chicago Blackhawks welcomed back fans at United Center for the game against the Florida Panthers
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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:

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.

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.