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Avon’s Ben Smith traded to the San Jose Sharks

Avon native Ben Smith will be playing hockey on the West Coast. Smith was traded by the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday to the San Jose Sharks for forward Andrew Desjardins and a conditional seventh round draft pick.  Smith, playing in his second full season with the Blackhawks, has scored just five goals and four assistsContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Avon’s Ben Smith has goal and an assist in Blackhawks’ 3-2 win over Bruins

BOSTON, Dec. 11 – Avon native Ben Smith felt right at home in the TD Garden in Boston Thursday night. The former Boston College star scored a goal and had an assist as his Chicago Blackhawks won their eighth straight game and 11th out of the last 12 with a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins.Continue ReadingContinue Reading

Blackhawks, Smith playing in Boston Thursday night

The Chicago Blackhawks and Avon native Ben Smith are on a three-game road trip through the Northeast. The Blackhawks (19-8-1) beat New Jersey, 3-2 in a shootout, on Tuesday night in Newark and travel to Boston on Thursday night to face the Bruins. Chicago concludes its road trip with a game at the New YorkContinue Reading

Avon’s Smith signs two-year extension with Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward Ben Smith on a two-year contract extension, which runs through the end of the 2015-16 National Hockey League season. Smith, 25, recorded career highs in nearly every statistical category this past season, posting 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists) in 75 regular-season games withContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Inspired by the Whalers, Smith is working hard for the Blackhawks

His love of hockey as a youngster may have been ignited by our late Hartford Whalers but Avon’s Ben Smith has used the work ethic he learned from his parents and brothers to carve out a career in the NHL. Smith has three points in seven playoff games this spring and has made some keyContinue Reading

Avon’s Smith does what it takes to help Blackhawks

The versatility of Avon’s Ben Smith has helped him get plenty of playing time in the opening round of the NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs with the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks.  A year ago, Smith was a practice squad player standing ready. This year, he is in the middle of the action whether it is aContinue Reading

Avon’s Smith cashing in on his chances with the Blackhawks

CHICAGO, March 19 – Once again, Avon native Ben Smith is taking advantage of his opportunities. Last June, Smith practiced patiently as the Chicago Blackhawks moved through the Stanley Cup playoffs. He didn’t see any ice time but he prepared every night to play only to watch the game from the press box. But whenContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Smith scores fifth goal but Hawks fall in OT to Islanders

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Avon native Ben Smith scored his fifth goal of the year Thursday night to tie the game but the New York Islanders topped the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime, 3-2 at the Nassau Coliseum. It was the first of a two-night, two-game series in the Tri-State area for the Blackhawks. Chicago plays atContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Could Hartford be a landing spot for a NHL team? Perhaps

HARTFORD, Dec. 13 – For the second time this year, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has revealed that he has been in contact with two groups that are interesting in potentially bringing a National Hockey League team back to Hartford.  “I have indicated time and time again that we would be interested, although probably not atContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Smith scores but Blackhawks stumble in shootout loss

CHICAGO, Dec. 6 – Avon native Ben Smith scored his fourth goal of the season but the Chicago Blackhawks dropped their third straight game with a 3-2 loss to Anaheim in a shootout at the United Center on Friday night.  Smith scored on a wrist shot from near the right circle with 4:05 left inContinue Reading