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.
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Sean Quinn CEO Failte Ireland and Paddy Logue Chairman Mulroy Bay Tourism & Development Committee having a look through the newly launched Mulroy Drive brochure which outlines the many attractions and activities available within this area of natural beauty.The Mulroy Drive Tourist & Development Group hosted a successful launch this weekend to a massive crowd in Logue’s of Cranford.The event, which was launched by Minister of State for the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh TD,and attended by Fáilte Ireland CEO Sean Quinn, Mayor of Letterkenny Municipal District Michael McBride, Michael Heaney from Donegal County Council, and Seamús Ó GallachóIr from Údaras na Gaeltachta, along with other Councillors from Donegal County Council, saw the launch the new Mulroy Drive route, complete with maps, brochures, and road signs, as well as a new tourist app.Minister Joe McHugh said at the launch: “I am delighted to attend such a wonderful event, and I am really heartened by the huge turn-out here. Today’s launch sees the Mulroy Drive as the first route in Ireland to get an official extension to the Wild Atlantic Way, which has been mapped by tourist chiefs and acknowledged as an extra route for tourists to visit. “This will encourage visitors to take the 22-mile route around Mulroy, including areas such as Cranford, Milford and Kerrykeel, which I believe will benefit tourists by enabling them to cover more of the county on their travels, and will in turn economically benefit these local areas.“I wish to commend the Mulroy Drive Group (Céide na Maoile Rua) for all their hard work and dedication to this project, which has involved local businesses and community representatives working closely together, over the last year, in ensuring that this process would be carried out with a successful outcome.“I wish to acknowledge the support from Failte Ireland, and the local team, who recognised the potential of this venture and have supported the project from the beginning. I wish to also commend the co-operation between Donegal County Council and Údaras na Gaeltachta, whose help and support to the project was invaluable.“I am delighted to see in attendance today also members from various local companies and small businesses, who brought along information and samples of their products, which further shows the great community co-operation, evident in these communities. It is this culture of local community spirit which is of huge importance to the local tourism industry, and will be further enhanced by today’s launch of the Mulroy Drive.” Sean Quinn CEO Failte Ireland and Paddy Logue Chairman Mulroy Bay Tourism & Development Committee having a look through the newly launched Mulroy Drive brochure which outlines the many attractions and activities available within this area of natural beauty.Taking shelter from a late May shower in the Forge at Logue’s of Cranford are Michael Mc Ginley of Mc Ginley’s Corner Bar, Kerrykeel Denis Mulhare, Cormac Walsh and Joan Crawford of the Wild Atlantic Way tourist attraction.John Mc Carron of Willow Farmhouse pictured at the launch of the Mulroy Drive initative with Joan Crawford Wild Atlantic Way Team Leader and Dessie & Louise Mc Gettigan of Ripples Restaurant, KerrykeelDenis Mulhare of Rockhill Holiday Park & Activity Centre and Cormac Walsh of the Glen Bar & Restaurant, two attractions on the Mulroy Drive, pictured enjoying a cup of tea in the Forge at Logue’s of Cranford where the Mulroy Drive initative was launched.CEO of Failte Ireland Sean Quinn stokes the fire in Logue’s Forge when he visited the Cranford area to launch the Mulroy Drive which will attract many tourists to the area over the coming months. Included in the picture are Tommy Logue and Patrick Logue.Michael Mc Bride serving up some refreshment to Sean Quinn CEO Failte Ireland at Logue’s of Cranford where he launched the Mulroy Drive.Minister Joe Mc Hugh welcomes Sean Quinn CEO Failte Ireland to Cranford where he launched the Mulroy Drive which will be a large tourist attraction over the coming months and years. Included in the picture is County Mayor Michael Mc Bride.Sean Quinn CEO Failte Ireland, Paddy Logue Chairman Mulroy Bay Tourism & Development Committee, Minister Joe Mc Hugh TD Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs and the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources with Special Responsibility for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources and Seamus O’ Gallachoir Udaras na Gaeltachta, Language & Culture.Mulroy Bay Tourism & Development Committee Chairman Paddy Logue takes the opportunity to express his views to Minister Joe Mc Hugh at the launch of the Mulroy Drive initative on Friday at Logue’s of Cranford.Cllr. Ian Mc Garvey Donegal Co. Co., Michael Heaney Director of Services with Donegal County Council with specific responsibility for Community, Culture, Planning & Economic Development, Sean Quinn CEO Failte Ireland, Minister Joe Mc Hugh and Michael Mc Bride Donegal County Mayor pictured at the launch of the Mulroy Bay initative.Sean Quinn CEO Failte Ireland, Paddy Logue Mulroy Bay Tourism & Development Committe Chairman, Minister Joe Mc Hugh and Donegal County Mayor Michael Mc Bride pictured discussing business around the Blacksmiths fire as they prepared for the launch of the Mulroy Drive initative.Joan Crawford Wild Atlantic Way Team Manager pictured at the launch of Mulroy Drive with Minister Joe Mc Hugh and Michael Heaney of Donegal County Council.Paddy Logue Chairman of the Mulroy Bay Tourism & Development Committee addresses the gathering at the launch of the Mulroy Drive which was attended by numerous officials from national & local bodies and government as well as many local residents and business people.MULROY DRIVE GETS OFF TO A FLYING START was last modified: May 31st, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Joe McHughlaunchMulroy Drive