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Blackhawks Rally Behind Rookie Defenseman After Tragedy Strikes Family

Published December 18, 2023 at 7:37 PM
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The Chicago Blackhawks released a statement as an organization today following a tragedy involving one of their players.

Blackhawks Rookie Defenseman Suffers Personal Tragedy



It recently became public that Kevin Korchinski, rookie defenseman for the Blackhawks, is dealing with the passing of his father, who died last week.

We're devastated to hear of the passing of Saskatoon Blades alumnus, Larry Korchinski.


On behalf of the entire Saskatoon Blades organization, we give our deepest condolences to the Korchinski family. Once a Blade, always a Blade 💙


Kevin had been away from the Blackhawks for several days before this news was made public. Following the announcement, the team organized their own statement and tribute to their rookie defenseman's late father.

Blackhawks Support Korchinski Through Loss Of Father



The organization has been actively supporting Korchinski and his family through this difficult time. The team even went to Saskatoon on Friday so that the whole team could be there for Larry's funeral.

"The Chicago Blackhawks routed the team's chartered jet to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Friday so players and coaches could attend the funeral of Larry Korchinski, the father of rookie defenseman Kevin Korchinski. The Blackhawks were returning to Chicago from Seattle, so the diversion over the border wasn't that far in distance. But it was significant in terms of helping Korchinski, their promising 19-year-old D-man, and his family."


Nick Foligno, one of the leaders in the Blackhawks locker room addressed Korchinski's passing in an interview after morning skate Saturday.

Nick Foligno (who lost his mom at 21 yrs old) discusses how the #Blackhawks are supporting Kevin Korchinski after the loss of his father:
«When a brother hurts, we all hurt»


The team released the following collective statement as well as statements from players on their X account yesterday morning.


Our thoughts are prayers are with Kevin and his family.

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