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Blackhawks to honor Native American people by reading a Land Acknowledgement statement before every home

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The Chicago Blackhawks are going to do their part in showing respect to the Native American community moving forward.

The team has confirmed that they will read a Land Acknowledgement statement before every home starting in the 2020/2021 NHL season.

“The Chicago Blackhawks continue to grow in our commitments to honour and celebrate Black Hawk’s legacy by offering our platforms, making meaningful contributions, collaborating with Native American people, and reimagining ways to support the many Native American people and communities we live amongst and alongside,” said the team in a statement.

“Part of this work will include working with Native partners in educating our staff, fans and local community on the history of Black Hawk and original peoples of Illinois, as well as on Native American contributions to today’s society. We will also continue to expand our investments in Native individuals and communities. Through these initiatives, we endeavour to build a community that is informed and respectful of Native American people and their culture.”

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MUST SEE: Erik Gudbranson levels Matthew Tkachuk at the blueline!

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A lot of NHL fans will rejoice anytime something bad happens to Matthew Tkachuk on the ice. Last night’s Senators/Flames game had a perfect example of it.

Check out the massive hit Senators d-man Erik Gudbranson laid on him late in the first period. It serves as a reminder to always keep your head up, because you never know what’s coming your way.

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Flames fire head coach Geoff Ward, replace him with Darryl Sutter

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Despite a 7-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night, the Calgary Flames have decided to make a head coaching change.

The team has announced that they have parted ways with bench boss Geoff Ward, and have replaced him with veteran Darryl Sutter.

Sutter’s new role will be permanent as the team has signed him to a three-year contract (the conclusion of this season plus 2021/22 and 2022/23).

Sutter, 62, previously coached the Flames for three seasons from 2002-2006 and has coached 1285 regular season games in the NHL. During his illustrious coaching career, he has amassed a combined a 635-467-101 record with four franchises, and has won two Stanley Cups (2012-2014).

The Flames are currently 5th in the North Division with an 11-11-2 record.

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‘Canada’s hockey dad’ Walter Gretzky passes away at 82

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Some devastating news coming out of the hockey world.

Walter Gretzky, the father of legendary NHLer Wayne Gretzky, has died after a prolonged battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 82 at the time of his death.

“It’s with deep sadness that Janet and I share the news of the passing of my dad…He bravely battled Parkinson’s and other health issues these last few years, but he never let it get him down” said Wayne Gretzky.

“For me, he was the reason I fell in love with the game of hockey. He inspired me to be the best I could be not just in the game of hockey, but in life.”

Known to everyone as Canada’s Hockey Dad, Walter was more than just Wayne’s father. He was inspirational to young hockey players and gave back to the game in many ways, including charitable causes.

“Walter’s passion for the game and for teaching it to young players transcended place, status and skill level,” said NHL commissioner Wayne Gretzky.

“During the two decades since Wayne retired, Walter could always be found at a rink, sharing the game with players and fans at all levels. Quietly and humbly, Walter dedicated so much of his time to countless charities with little fanfare but with a deep commitment to improving the lives of so many — particularly children.”

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