As a handful of cameras waited Blackhawks assistant Kevin Dineen to meet the media on Monday, league MVP suddenly appeared in the basement United Center.
Not wanting to lose an observation Patrick Kane, the cameras were mobilized and followed Kane as he gave a hug Troy Murray and a half-dozen journalists passed.
“Just in time to come,” a smiling Kane, who then disappeared into the locker room of the Hawks.
Kane and defenders Michal Kempny and Ville Pokka, falcons are back in camp after participating in the World Cup of Hockey. Pokka practiced Monday and Kane and Kempny should practice Tuesday.
Kane, who is scheduled to speak to the media on Tuesday, will not play in the preseason opener against Pittsburgh on Wednesday at the United Center. Kempny also sit.
Pokka, however, probably will play against the Penguins. The 22-year-old Finn had a solid season in Rockford and gained more confidence playing in the World Cup.
“Small children love the opportunity to represent their country on the international scene is a great honor and a pick-me-up position in training camp,” Dineen said.
The coaching staff is trying to decide who else will the ice Wednesday, but a fan of player can get their first look at Alexandre Fortin, 19, a native of Quebec signed an input range Sunday deal three years.
“I’m very excited about it and think it was one of the best players on the field,” Dineen said. “Very consistent. He’s a guy that stands out.”
Dineen Fortin said there is a “good opportunity” will play against Pittsburgh.
Keith sat for now:
Kevin Dineen said he has no plans Duncan Keith (knee) playing in one of the first four preseason games. After that, Dineen said, it will be Keith, Joel Quenneville, Stan Bowman and medical personnel demonstrating that the defense must be suitable for the fifth and / or sixth preseason games next October 12 season opener.
The veteran presence in the field will grow Friday when the Hawks are waiting Anisimov Artem, Artemi Panarin, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Marcus Kruger returned from the World Cup.
The Hawks out scrimmages in the first four days of camp, but will return to regular practice in the coming days.
“We have a little more in the way the Blackhawks play and get a little away from the audition for spots and our style of play,” said Kevin Dineen.
There were 7 goals Monday as the Spencer Abbott, Kyle Baun, Brian Campbell (penalty) and Ryan Hartman scored for the white team, Andrew and Richard Desjardins and Brandon Mashinter Panik scored for the red team.
Cut the list:
The Hawks released before Radovan Bondra, John Dahlstrom, Nathan Noel and Roy Radke training camp and they returned to their youth teams. Tyler Barnes also released before, Bryn Chyzyk, Jeremy Langlois, Trevor Mingoia, Evan Mosey, defenders Jonathan Carlsson, Nick Mattson and Eric Levine keep their agreements tuning. The active list now has 28 forwards, 16 defense-five porters.