Once again this season, there will be a Blues Flame Friday pregame party before each of the 12 Friday home games. For the fourth straight season, ticket-holders 21 and over can gain early entrance to the BMO Harris Bank Center. The festivities start at 5:15 and include live music, free appetizers and exclusive drink specials.  Hammy Hog is also usually mingling and taking pictures with the fans.

The party comes courtesy of Vintage @501, a local restaurant near the arena. The music is provided by Crossroads Blues Society, a non-profit organization that raises funds to “Blues In The Schools” in the Rockford area.

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Rockford IceHogs new Head Coach Jeremy Colliton and Assistant Coaches Derek King and Sheldon Brookbank will guide the Chicago Blackhawks team in the 2017 Prospect Tournament. The tourney is being played September 8-12 at Centre ICE Arena in Traverse City, MI.

The two division, round robin tourney will also include teams from the Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues.  Nine former IceHogs will be skating in the tournament.

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The Rockford IceHogs signed defenseman Brandon Anselmini to a one-year AHL contract. The 24 year old is a product of Ferris State University. Last season, he played 10 games for the AHL Texas Stars (3 assists) and 46 games for the ECHL Idaho Steelheads (5 goals and 12 assists). Upon leaving Ferris State University after the 2015-16 season, he played 4 games for the ECHL Orlando Solar Bears (1 assist).

John Wroblewski

John Wroblewski is a freelance writer, who covers the Rockford IceHogs and writes general interest pieces for Puck Planet. His writing career really started over twenty years ago, as a guest columnist for a Chicagoland community newspaper group. John has written several articles for Global Traveler magazine, along with being a regular online contributor. In 2008, he started Johngy’s Beat, a site focused on meeting celebrities, athletes and pop culture icons. His Johngy’s Beat YouTube channel has over 800 interviews. Currently, John regularly covers the IceHogs, the Chicago Bandits (National Pro Fastpitch), the Chicago Bliss (Legends Football League), Resistance Pro Wrestling and many comic cons around the country.

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