Reigning Stanley Cup champions the Chicago Blackhawks begin training camp in the Compton Family Ice Arena on Thursday and will host public practices Saturday and Sunday, with a special student event Friday. Tom Nevala, general manager of the Compton Family Ice Arena, said Blackhawks’ General Manager Stan Bowman, a 1995 Notre Dame alumnus, wanted to bring the team to his alma mater to build community. “[Bowman] just happened to be in the area last February … and suggested that they might want to come to campus for training camp if we could work that out,” Nevala said. “They liked the idea of getting their guys all together to do a little team unity exercise instead of operating from their individual homes in Chicago and just coming to the United Center. They thought to spend a few days on campus with a facility like we have here would be a great way to start their next year.” Nevala said the Blackhawks would take advantage of Compton’s many amenities during training camp. “They’re bringing 60 players here so you have to have the locker space for 60 guys, and I think we were able to provide that compared to what they might be used to [at the United Center],” he said. “I think the opportunity to use both rinks [will be helpful] … Maybe they’re going to run practice on one side and the scrimmages that they’ve been advertising in the main arena.” During training camp, the Blackhawks will split up into three different teams and play two scrimmages a day, he said. The Blackhawks are also looking forward to experiencing Notre Dame’s campus for a few days, Nevala said. “I think they just like being in the campus environment, with Eddy Street [Commons] available,” he said. “They’re staying at the Morris Inn. I’m sure they’ll probably go play golf one day and we’re going to try to get them to football practice.” Blackhawks players will also attend a team dinner with the Notre Dame hockey squad Friday, Nevala said. Nevala said it was the Blackhawks’ idea to sell public tickets to Saturday and Sunday’s practices, which are currently sold out. However, Notre Dame was adamant about doing something special for its students, he said. “All along we were hoping we could do something unique for our students while [the Blackhawks] were here,” he said. “We said, ‘Well, how about we do a day with the students when you aren’t selling tickets,’ and it’ll be a unique opportunity for Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students to get in and see them scrimmage if they have time during their lunch break or something. We don’t want anybody skipping class, now.” Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students can attend the Blackhawks’ practice for free Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. in the Compton Family Ice Arena with a valid student ID. Nevala said he hopes the Blackhawks cap off their visit to Notre Dame by bringing the Stanley Cup to campus. “We’re hopeful that the Stanley Cup might be on campus at some point during this visit,” he said. “I literally don’t know how long it would be here if it’s going to be here. We’re hopeful it makes its second visit because Stan did bring it here in 2010. After they won the Stanley Cup that year, he used his day with the cup to bring it to campus for the Notre Dame vs. Stanford football game. We’re hopeful it comes again.” Nevala said he hopes the Blackhawks decide to return again next year. “We hope [the Blackhawks] enjoy their time in South Bend and on campus, and maybe they’ll decide this is a good way to start their year again in the future,” he said.
Dearborn County, IN — A student from East Central was killed Thursday Morning in a single-vehicle crash.Dearborn County authorities said that 18 year old Bretton Fox was traveling in his truck around 8am hitting a patch of ice and losing control. The crash took place on Indiana State Highway 1 and Whitaker Lane near The Tanner Valley United Methodist Church. The vehicle went into an embankment, rolled onto its side, and struck a tree.Fox was a senior and captain of the Football team in which he recently committed to play College Football at Thomas More.The school will have extra ministers and counselors to support the staff and students on Friday onto next week.Civista Bank has set up a fund for the Fox family called the Fox Family Fund.
Real Madrid’s blockbuster ‘BBC’ forward line and Barcelona’s devastating ‘MSN’ trio are set to go head-to-head for the 2015 Ballon d’Or award after all six were named on the 23-man shortlist by FIFA on Tuesday.Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who set a club scoring record with his 324th goal on Saturday, will be going in search of his third consecutive World Player of the Year award. He faces competition from his team-mates Karim Benzema of France and Welshman Gareth Bale who make up the Spanish side’s ‘BBC’ frontline.Joining them are four-times winner Lionel Messi, the Argentine great, and his fellow South American strikers Neymar and Luis Suarez who form Barcelona’s feared MSN frontline that fired a combined 122 goals last season.Barcelona, who won La Liga, the Champions League and domestic cup last year, have the most players on the shortlist with Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta, Argentine utility player Javier Mascherano and Croatian Ivan Rakitic joining their front three on the award.Real Madrid have five players on the list with Colombian James Rodriguez and German World Cup-winner Toni Kroos also named. German champions Bayern Munich also have five representatives with Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Mueller, Arjen Robben, Arturo Vidal and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.Vidal is joined by Chilean compatriot Alexis Sanchez after their Copa American success in July. Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, winner of the last four African Player of the Year awards, is the only non European or South American to make the list.The list was composed by the FIFA Football Committee and a group of experts from France Football. The winner will be announced in Zurich on January 11.ShortlistSergio Aguero (Argentina/Manchester City)Gareth Bale (Wales/Real Madrid) Karim Benzema (France/Real Madrid)Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid)Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium/Manchester City)Eden Hazard (Belgium/Chelsea)Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden/Paris Saint-Germain) Andres Iniesta (Spain/Barcelona)Toni Kroos (Germany/Real Madrid)Robert Lewandowski (Poland/Bayern Munich)Javier Mascherano (Argentina/Barcelona)Lionel Messi (Argentina/Barcelona) Thomas Mueller (Germany/Bayern Munich)Manuel Neuer (Germany/Bayern Munich)Neymar (Brazil/Barcelona) Paul Pogba (France/Juventus)Ivan Rakitic (Croatia/Barcelona)Arjen Robben (Netherlands/Bayern Munich) James Rodríguez (Colombia/Real Madrid)Alexis Sanchez (Chile/Arsenal)Luis Suarez (Uruguay/FC Barcelona)Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast/Manchester City)Arturo Vidal (Chile/Bayern Munich) –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports