Adam Clendening

Happy Thanksgiving, store Divas!

Aside from a certain Chicago football team (hey, viagra sale at least they won two games in a row), we definitely have a lot to be thankful for. Derrick Rose is healthy again and the Bulls are riding high at 9-5, but more importantly, our Chicago Blackhawks are 12-8-1 (2-1 in their annual circus trip). With rookie Trevor Van Riemsdyk out for three months, a new face stepped up to take center ice: 22-year-old Adam Clendening, our HAM of the Week.

Adam Clendening, http://www.bleacherreport.com

Adam Clendening, http://www.bleacherreport.com

In his first NHL appearance last Thursday’s 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames, Clendening scored his first goal on his first shot against goalie Jonas Hiller.

The 5’11”, 195-lbs defenseman is certainly stirring up buzz, so we’ve got the 411 on the newbie:

Clendening began his career with the U.S. National under-18 team during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons, both of which he was a member of Team USA’s gold-medal winning team at the World Junior Championships.

He was selected by the Blackhawks in the 2011 NHL draft–in between playing two consecutive seasons (2010-11 and 2011-12) at Boston University.

Adam Clendening, www.theahl.com

Adam Clendening, www.theahl.com

Following BU, Clendening went to the AHL and played for the Icehogs. In his first season, he was named a second-team AHL All-Star and Rockford’s Rookie of the Year, along with finishing third among all AHL defensemen scoring with 46 points. In his current season, he’s set an AHL record for goals and points by a defenseman with 12 goals and 59 points. He’s also the leading scorer in assists for the Icehogs franchise.

Flashback to 2012, when Clendening talked about his readiness with the organization:

Well, with a goal on your first shot in the big leagues (and an away game), consider us impressed.

The native New Yorker was ranked as the #2 Prospect by NBC Chicago (and Bleacher Report) this past June and is “proficient at quarterbacking the team’s power play from the blue line”. The Blackhawks have the best PK percentage for the 2014-15 season with 90.3%, and adding “Clenny” to the lineup will make that penalty kill play even stronger on the second power-play unit with co-anchor Michal Rozsival.

Though he’s taken, Clendening has the wit and charm like many of his teammates. He loves a good chicken parm and has an affinity for Lululemon clothing, and even knows how we feel about first world problems:

The Blackhawks continue their circus trip tomorrow versus the Avalanche, Friday versus the Ducks and Saturday versus the not-so-deserving 2014 Stanley Cup Champs (yep, we’re still bitter about it). If Clenny & co pull off another stellar performance, they should have no trouble finishing strong. The team returns to the United Center Dec. 3 versus the Blues.

Follow Adam Clendening on Twitter at @Clenny5.

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It is that time of year again when our beloved Blackhawks pack up their Louis Vuitton luggage and hit the road for the Annual Circus Trip, or as I call it… the most depressing time of the year.

Why, you ask? The annual Circus Trip, which this year includes six cities in 10 days, means no Blackhawks hockey on home ice at the United Center for over two weeks!

This time every year the Circus comes to town. Ringling Brothers rolls in and sets up shop at the United Center, not only sending our Hawks on the road but the Bulls too. #DepressionIsReal

We Chicago gals have to deal with a lot in the winter. Balls cold temperatures ALREADY and its only November that drys out our hair, or skin and do I even need to talk about the static shock every time we touch something. We’ve had to suffer through the Bears stinking up the NFL. I mean last place in the NFC North, shoot me now. I feel every damn day there is a “circus” around Derrick Rose and if we need him or not… Fun Fact Chicago… WE DO! I mean we can only take so much, and now you are telling me I can’t see cold steel on ice for weeks!

Way to hit a girl where it hurts NHL.

This is the time to get friendly with your local bartender and to start learning to function on less than six hours of sleep, as many of these games take place in Western Canada. A girl has to do what a girl has to do, at least hockey loving girls do. Don’t worry though; we have you covered with a few must know details to talk the pants off any Blackhawks fan at the bar for the next few weeks.

The Blackhawks already scored their first victory on the circus trip beating the Calgary Flames 4-3 last night. Birthday boy Patrick Kane scored the game-winner in the third period. Also netting goals were Adam Clendening, Dan Carcillo and Brent Seabrook. Clendening, who was recalled from Rockford because of an injury to fellow defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk, more on him later.

Circus Trip Schedule

Thu, Nov 20 @ Flames 8:00 PM (CT)

Sat, Nov 22 @ Oilers 9:00 PM (CT)

Sun, Nov 23 @ Canucks 8:30 PM (CT)

Wed, Nov 26 @ Avalanche 8:00 PM (CT)

Fri, Nov 28 @ Ducks 3:00 PM (CT)

Sat, Nov 29 @ Kings 9:00 PM (CT)

Who to Keep an eye on for the Hawks During the Circus Trip:

Our Blackhawks are sitting at 11-7-1 and third in the central division. This trip is going to be a fun one to watch, the guys are starting to gel and two weeks on the road is only going to strengthen that bond. I think the guys to watch on this trip are Patrick Kane, Brad Richards and Adam Clendening.

  • Patrick Kane

    Patrick Kane

    Patrick Kane is like a fine wine. He is getting better with age. The 26 year old is leading the team with goals, assists and points. Kaner will be the center of Coach Q strategy.

  • Brad Richards is starting to get his grove with the Blackhawks. After a slow start the veteran center has started to produce the numbers the Blackhawks were expecting when they signed Richards this offseason. This trip is all about bonding and when guys bond off the ice we see the results on the ice. I am looking for Richards to really break out on this trip.
  • Adam Clendening, who was recalled from Rockford because of an injury to fellow
    Adam Clendening

    Adam Clendening

    defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk, scored on his first shot on goal in the NHL. The rookie fired a one-timer from the point with the Hawks on the power play. If that is any indication of what he can bring to the table, he will be fun to watch on this trip.

 Your Take Away Piece:

“The circus trip has set the tone for the rest of the season, in seasons past. It is a great road trip for the guys to bond and get out of Chicago. However, make no mistake this trip is all about business. The Blackhawks have a tough road test on this trip facing these teams and they need to come away from the trip over .500 which will be no easy task going into these hostile road arenas. The Blackhawks currently sit seventh in the Western Conference. Yes, its a playoff spot. Make no mistake these guys want to start climbing the standings.”

What’s Next:

Get ready for some UC withdrawal, it is going to be a long two weeks for Blackhawks fans. However, the boys can continue to climb in the western conference and this Circus Trip is just the place to do it. Check your local television listings many games will be on Comcast SportsNet and NBC Sports Network. Hunker down my friends with a glass of Cabernet and GO Hawks!

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