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Saturday, January 12, 2013
Blackhawks set to opening training camp on Sunday

By Scott Powers

The Chicago Blackhawks announced details to their upcoming season on Saturday night after the NHL lockout had officially ended.

The Blackhawks will open their training camp at Johnny's IceHouse West (2550 W. Madison St.) in Chicago at 12 p.m. on Sunday. Blackhawks practices at Johnny's IceHouse West are open to the public.

The Blackhawks did cancel their training camp festival due to the condensed schedule. Tickets purchased on the internet and phone will be automatically refunded. All other refunds can be made at the point-of-purchase or by returning the tickets to the Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks begin their season in Los Angeles against the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings on Saturday, Jan. 19. The Blackhawks will host their home opener on Tuesday, Jan. 22 against the St. Louis Blues.

Tickets for the upcoming regular season can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or at (800) 745-3000. Fans holding tickets for originally scheduled games will be contacted with further information. Fans can also visit chicagoblackhawks.com or call (312) 455-7000.

Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz and Blackhawks president and CEO John McDonough co-signed a letter to the fans on Saturday night. It read:

"On behalf of the Chicago Blackhawks, we would like to thank you for your patience and loyalty over the past few months. It is imperative that we now look forward in order to prepare and to focus on the exciting season ahead.

"We are committed to a mission of consistent excellence, both on and off the ice. This high standard fuels our passion to reward your allegiance to our franchise. We are looking forward to experiencing the electric atmosphere and energy that you bring to the United Center for every game."

Blackhawks games will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Chicago and WGN-TV Channel 9 this season. Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk will announce the television games. The games will also be heard on WGN 720-AM, which will include the announcing team of John Wiedeman and Troy Murray.

Since winning the Stanley Cup in 2010, the Blackhawks have exited the playoffs in the first round the past two seasons. They were eliminated in seven games by the Vancouver Canucks in 2011 and in six games by the Phoenix Coyotes in 2012.