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Fantucchio’s Focus: Bergeron Retires; ‘Hawks Owner Passes




Good morning; my name is Andrew Fantucchio. It’s Wednesday, July 26, and here’s what I’m focused on around the NHL today.

Patrice Bergeron Announces Retirement:

After a spectacular 19-year career, six-time Selke Trophy winner Patrice Bergeron announced his retirement from the NHL on Tuesday.

Patrice Bergeron Announces Retirement

Islanders Still Awaiting Decision From Parise:

As the Bruins did with Bergeron, the New York Islanders are patiently awaiting a decision from Zach Parise. However, they’re not in a position to wait much longer.

Islanders Awaiting Zach Parise’s Retirement Decision

Parise’s impending decision is one of the last questions the Islanders have remaining this offseason. Earlier this week, I took the time to answer some of yours in my latest mailbag.

Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz Passes Away:

Rocky Wirtz, the longtime chairman of the Chicago Blackhawks, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 70. Wirtz took the helm of the Blackhawks in 2007 and oversaw the franchise’s reascension in the NHL and the Chicago sports landscape.

Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz Passes Away At Age 70

More From National Hockey Now:

Carolina: The National Hockey Now network has expanded once again. Welcome Bryant Beucom, who will be our beat writer covering the Hurricanes.

Colorado: The Avalanche have made several key additions this offseason. But which will be the key to their success this season?

Montreal: As all rebuilding teams do, the Canadiens have plenty of young players with something to prove.