Chicago Blackhawks: Face lift

By Kyley Vicik
Jun. 21, 2017

31 teams. New jerseys. Expansion draft. Awards night. NHL draft weekend. It seems as if the NHL is getting a face lift, and it is all coming hard at once.

Changes have especially been inevitable for Chicago Blackhawks fans. Since Tuesday, an abundance of news has been released. Starting with the release of the new jersey concept by Adidas.

On Tuesday evening, Adidas released their new designs for all 31 NHL team's jerseys. Reebok, the former NHL jersey provider, has been partnered with the NHL since 2005. It was announced in 2015 that the NHL will partner with Adidas through the 2024-25 season.

The jerseys are aimed at being a more sleek and cleaned up version of the previous jerseys. Adidas announced that the newer jerseys are 19 percent lighter and with their Clima® technology, it allows for more breathability and performance enhancement.

There is only two current concepts out, home jerseys and away jerseys. Adidas will continue making concepts for special jerseys as the NHL gets into the regular season.

Perhaps the biggest news to come out so far is that Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa will not be returning to play hockey in the 2017-18 season due to a "progressive skin disorder" caused by a allergic reaction to his hockey equipment.

The news came out early Wednesday morning that Hossa has decided to not return next season due to the severity of his side effects of his treatment for his skin disorder, The 38 year-old commented on his decision, "Over the course of the last few years, under the supervision of the Blackhawks medical staff, I have been privately undergoing treatment for a progressive skin disorder and the side effects of the medications involved to treat the disorder. Due to the severe side effects associated with those medications, playing hockey is not possible for me during the upcoming 2017-18 season. While I am disappointed that I will not be able to play, I have to consider the severity of my condition and how the treatments have impacted my life both on and off the ice."

There was no more future comment.

For Blackhawks fans, this news comes as shocking and disheartening. The 38 year-old has played in the NHL for 19 seasons and was a five-time All-star who helped lead the Blackhawks to three Stanley Cup wins. Time can only tell what the future holds Hossa but all of the Chicago Blackhawks organization has wished him the best of luck.

The last big piece of news before things heat up tonight in Las Vegas, the Hawks will open their regular season at the United Center on Thursday, October 5th with a game against the current Stanley Cup champion the Pittsburgh Penguins. Expected puck drop is at 7:30 p.m. CST.

With less than two days to go until the NHL draft and less than 12 hours until the expansion draft and awards, there is surely going to be a lot more news rolling in. Until then, sit back and enjoy show.