Blackhawks prospect camp complete

By Kevin McCann


The annual
Chicago Blackhawks Prospects Camp ran from Wednesday June 30th through Monday
July 5th, a camp featuring players the team has drafted plus players they have
invited on a try out basis.

The camp
took place at Johnny’s Ice House in Chicago and the United Center and featured
some of the top prospects in the Hawks system. There were 37 players in total at
the camp, consisting of 24 prospects and 13 invitees. 
Twelve of the 17 players who were selected at the 2004 NHL draft took
part. Two first round picks, Cam Barker and Brent
, both defensemen, were in attendance.
See the table below for a break down of draftees and invitees.

were put through at battery of medical and physical tests at the United Center
on the first morning of camp. The physical tests included the situp test, the
bench press test and the VO2 bike test which shows the maximum amount of oxygen
your heart can provide to your muscles during sustained activity. The players
were then put through the paces by Hawks alumni Denis Savard and Bruce Cassidy,
and were split up into red and white squads to begin the camp.

On one day
the red team had a workout and then a scrimmage against the white team. The
white team had a practice instead of a work out and then a scrimmage against the
red team and then the next day they switched schedules. The practices consisted
of passing and shooting drills, as well as breakouts and a few other drills.
Even though the games were intra-squad scrimmages, there was no lack on
intensity as evidenced by the fight on the first day of camp between Colin
and Brian Lee. Both players were trying to
catch the attention of the coaches either by using their fists or by chipping in
some points.  

red team had Barker and Seabrook on board and won four of the five scrimmages
held over the five days of camp. Dave Bolland and Matt
, both on the read team, tied for the most points in camp with 3
goals and 2 assists each. Corey Crawford of the red team led
the goalies in stats as he only gave up 7 goals in 192 minutes played.

Blackhawk Prospects

Johan Andersson TROJA (Sweden)C20
Dave BollandLondon (OHL)C18
Jacob DowellUniv. of WisconsinC19
Colin Fraser Red Deer Rebels (WHL) C19
Ryan GarlockWindsor (OHL)C18
Eric HunterPrince George (WHL) C17
Jared WalkerRed Deer (WHL) C18
Cameron BarkerMedicine Hat (WHL)D18
Dustin Byfuglien Prince George (WHL)D19
Michael GrenzyChicago Steel (USHL)D20
Nick KuiperUMass D22
Mitch MaunuWindsor (OHL)D17
Brent SeabrookLethbridge (WHL) D19
James WisniewskiPlymouth (OHL) D20
Corey CrawfordMoncton (QMJHL)G19
Adam MunroNorfolk (AHL)G21
Adam BertiOshawa (OHL)LW18
Bryan BickellOttawa (OHL)LW18
Oleg Minakov Khabarovsk Amur (Russia)LW21
Chris Porter Lincoln (USHL)LW20
Adam BurishUniv. of Wisconsin RW21
Troy BrouwerMoose Jaw (WHL) RW19
Matthew FordSioux Falls (USHL)RW19
Trevor KellLondon (OHL)RW18

Other Invitees

Paul CaponigriOhio State C25
Marco RosaMerrimack CollegeC22
Doug AndressOhio State D25
Brian LeeErie (OHL)D20
Steve MarrMedicine Hat (WHL)D20
Joey MartinUniv. of Minnesota D22
Kyle Raftis Kingston (OHL)D18
Matt UnderhillFlorence (ECHL)G24
Rene BourqueUniv. of WisconsinLW22
David LundbohmUniv. of North DakotaLW24
Brady LeisenringUniv. of VermontRW21
Scott SheppardLondon (OHL)RW20