Morning Bag Skate: Chicago Steel win USHL’s Clark Cup
Our daily look at Blackhawks news and the happenings around the hockey world.
Tyler Gratton, a Penn State commit, scored 11:30 into overtime to give Chicago a 2-1 win over the Sioux City Musketeers for the Steel’s first ever Clark Cup as the USHL’s champions. It’s the first championship in the Steel’s 17-year history.
Steel forward Eduards Tralmaks was named MVP of the Clark Cup Playoffs, recording 10 goals in Chicago's 14 postseason games, including the tying goal in Game 5.
In Hawks prospect news, Matthew Highmore and Nathan Noel helped Saint John to a 7-0 win Tuesday over Seattle to advance to Friday’s Memorial Cup semifinal. Highmore had two assists and Noel had one for the Sea Dogs in their first win of the tournament.
Alex DeBrincat and the Erie Otters face off against Graham Knott and the Windsor Spitfires in a game of unbeatens Wednesday in the final game in round robin play. Both teams are 2-0 in the tournament.
**Hawks ‘in contention’ for Czech defenseman Jan Rutta, per report (SCH)
**Kruger basking in glow of Sweden’s World Championship (Chicago Sun Times)
**Samuelsson top candidate to be Hawks’ assistant coach, per report (SCH)
**White played tight defense on the ice, kept team loose off it (Blackhawks.com)
**2017 Memorial Cup: Schedule, times, results (SCH)
**Report: Avs get permission to speak with Leafs assistant GM Dubas (PHT)
**Celebrating Sakic being alive (Mile High Hockey)
**Avs fire assistants Tim Army, Dave Farrish, Francois Allaire (Mile High Hockey)
**Should the Wild bottom out? History shows it can work (Star Tribune)
**RECAP: Senators sneak past Penguins to force Game 7 (Silver Sevens)
**Ducks forward Sorensen signs in SHL’s Linkoping (PHT)
**Sharks sign Swedish forward Filip Sandberg (Fear The Fin)
**Blue Jackets sign 2015 second-rounder Stenlund (PHT)
**Oilers re-sign Pakarinen for one year (PHT)
**Flames d-man Smid signs in Czech League’s Liberec (PHT)
**Flames report card: Kris Versteeg (Matchsticks and Gasoline)
**‘Many teams’ interested in Leafs prospect Toninato, who could go UFA (PHT)
**Chicago Steel win USHL’s Clark Cup (Steel)
**Stewart’s rare goal opens floodgates for Saint John rout (Sportsnet)