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‘Hawks sign ’13 first-rounder (and Illinois native) Hartman

Nov 18, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT

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The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to terms with Ryan Hartman — their first-round (30th overall) pick at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft — on a three-year entry-level deal, the club announced on Monday.

Hartman, 19, is originally from West Dundee, IL, and has spent the last two seasons lighting it up with Plymouth of the Ontario Hockey League. He had 60 points in 56 games last year and 21 through 20 games this year.

A huge Blackhawks fan growing up, Hartman told the Chicago Sun-Times he was especially fond of Jonathan Toews and Eric Daze, and was thrilled to be selected by his hometown team.

‘‘It couldn’t have gone any better,’’ Hartman said.


  1. prd797 - Nov 18, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Wasn’t much to be excited about as a Hawks fan a decade ago, so the Daze comment was a bit of stinger. Eric Daze would’ve been a hell of a lot better without all those injuries, but if he had been, then he likely would’ve been playing for another team as Wirtz wouldn’t have been willing to pay him. That’s how it was during the dark years.

    Big props to the kid. Growing up to follow and stick with such a reeling organisation that tried to pass guys like Mark Bell and Tyler Arnason off as role models is quite an accomplishment, it certainly wasn’t easy for older fans. And now Hartman has the opportunity to contribute during the Blackhawk’s new Golden Age. Really excited for Ryan and wish him the best. If he keeps playing the game that got him drafted he’ll be living out his dream and playing in the show fairly soon.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      prd, and you speak to the false perception of curent Hawks haters/enviers that we are bandwagon fans.

      $Bill successfully messed up the franchise and alienating the fans.

      His son has reversed things profoundly and we’ve seen a combination of old fans with renewed interest/hope for the future, along with new fans.

      If they only look at attendance starting in 2008, and done dig any deeper into causal reasons, the are looking at stats in vacuum and are drawing the conclusion that their negative pre-disposition leads them to make.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        Common folks – if you honestly disagree, have the integrity to post why – otherwise the downthumb to a post where someone took the time to provide the basis for an opinion/conclusion is a lazy thing to do.

  2. broadstreetsbaddest88 - Nov 18, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    That’s gotta be the most bad ass thing ever gettin drafted by your favorite team growing up. I could only imagine how sweet that’s gotta be. I hope it works out for him and he gets to stick around for a long time. It doesn’t get much better then that

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Nov 18, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Eric Daze. That’s name I haven’t heard in a while.

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