Chicago Blackhawks: Henrik Karlsson

President Obama thanks Sweden for Hawks

September, 4, 2013
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Chicago and its sports teams are never too far off President Barack Obama’s mind.

During Obama’s visit to Sweden on Wednesday, Obama couldn’t help but thank the country for providing a number of its home-grown players to the 2013 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

“I should mention on behalf of hockey fans back home in Chicago, I have to say how grateful our championship Blackhawks are for their several teammates who hail from Sweden,” said Obama during a joint press conference with Sweden prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, according to a White House press release. “So that’s been an excellent export that we gladly accept.”

The Blackhawks benefited from having four Swedish players last season. Swedish-born forwards Marcus Kruger and Viktor Stalberg and defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya assisted in the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup season. Swedish-born backup goaltender Henrik Karlsson was also on the team’s playoff roster, but did not appear in any games.

Hjalmarsson, Kruger, Oduya and Stalberg all spent a day with the Stanley Cup in Sweden in August.

The Blackhawks will return Kruger, Hjalmarsson and Oduya to their 2013-14 roster and also have five other Swedish players in their system. The Blackhawks selected three players from Sweden in the 2013 draft.

Backup goaltender Karlsson prepared

May, 2, 2013
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks backup goaltender Henrik Karlsson will prepare Friday as if he’s going to play in Game 2 of the first-round series against the Minnesota Wild.

Karlsson’s mentality isn’t a reaction to witnessing Minnesota Wild backup goaltender Josh Harding be called upon to replace Niklas Backstrom as the team’s starter less than 30 minutes prior to Tuesday’s game because of an injury. Karlsson always prepares physically and mentally to enter any game in which he’s the backup.

“Just train good and prepare and rest like you’re supposed to play and try to be focused,” said Karlsson after Thursday’s practice. “I just try to be ready. I’ve been a backup for a couple years, so I’ve been thrown in there in games. I think I have a lot of experience about that. Hopefully, nothing happens. But if something happens, I’ll be ready to step in and I’ll feel good.”

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Blackhawks recall 8 from Rockford

April, 26, 2013
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks recalled forwards Jimmy Hayes, Jeremy Morin, Brandon Pirri and Ben Smith, defensemen Adam Clendening, Shawn Lalonde and Steve Montador and goaltender Henrik Karlsson from the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL on Friday.

Hayes had one goal and two assists in nine games with the Blackhawks earlier this season. He had 25 goals and 20 assists in 67 games with the IceHogs this season.

Morin had one goal in two games with the Blackhawks earlier this season. He had 30 goals and 28 assists in 67 games with the IceHogs this season.

Pirri led the AHL with 75 points, which included 22 goals and 53 assists, in 76 games this season. He had 12 points in the final four games. He has played in six career NHL games with the Blackhawks.

Smith had 27 goals and 20 assists in 54 games with the IceHogs this season. He has played in 19 regular-season games and seven playoff games for the Blackhawks in his career.

Clendening ranked second among AHL defensemen with 46 points, which included nine goals and 37 assists, in 73 games for the IceHogs this season. He also had a plus-17 rating. He has not played in the NHL.

Lalonde had five goals and 18 assists in 59 games for the IceHogs. He has not played in the NHL.

Montador had two goals and three assists in 14 games for the IceHogs this season. He missed a majority of the season with an upper-body injury. He has 131 points in 571 career NHL games.

Karlsson had an 11-5-0 record with a 2.86 goals-against average and a .894 save percentage in 18 games with the IceHogs this season. He has played in 26 career NHL games.

Crawford to back up Emery against Sharks

February, 22, 2013
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CHICAGO – Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Ray Emery will start Friday against the San Jose Sharks and will be backed up Corey Crawford, coach Joel Quenneville said.

Goaltender Henrik Karlsson was reassigned on Friday. Karlsson was recalled from the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL on Feb. 14. Karlsson did not play during his stint with the Blackhawks.

Crawford has missed the Blackhawks’ last three games due to an upper-body injury. He is 7-0-3 with a 1.65 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage this season.

Emery will be making his fourth consecutive start. He has a 6-0-0 record with a 2.27 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage this season.

Crawford misses practice, Karlsson recalled

February, 15, 2013
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks recalled goaltender Henrik Karlsson from the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL on Friday, and Corey Crawford missed the morning skate as the team prepared to face the San Jose Sharks.

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Hawks prospects watch: Teräväinen scoring

February, 4, 2013
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Here’s a look at some of the prospects in the Chicago Blackhawks system:

Teuvo Teräväinen, center, drafted 1st round (No. 18 overall) by the Blackhawks in 2012

The 18-year-old Teräväinen snapped a five-game goalless streak last week by netting shots in consecutive games in the SM-liiga in Finland. He had two goals for Jokerit in a 3-1 win over SaiPa on Jan. 29 and added another goal in a 3-2 win over Tappara on Jan. 31.

Teräväinen has 11 goals and 13 assists in 34 games this season. Jokerit is in first place in the SM-liiga with 93 points in 50 games.

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Hawks trade pick for goalie Henrik Karlsson

January, 21, 2013
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The Chicago Blackhawks traded a 2013 seventh-round draft pick for Calgary Flames goaltender Henrik Karlsson on Monday.

Karlsson was assigned to the Rockford IceHogs in the AHL following the trade.

The 29-year-old Karlsson has played 26 regular-season games with the Flames over the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. He is 5-9-8 with a 2.79 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage with the Flames. He has not played for the Flames or the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat this season.

Karlsson began his professional career in the Swedish Elite League. He was signed by the San Jose Sharks on Aug. 12, 2009 and traded to the Flames on June 25, 2010.

The draft pick the Blackhawks traded was originally acquired from the Ottawa Senators in a trade for Rob Klinkhammer on Dec. 2, 2011.

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