Honoring Norval Nelson, a True American Hero, on Independence Day

Norval Nelson with Jim Cornelison (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Ciepley)

When fan of the site Jennifer Ciepley contacted me back in April about her husband’s 92-year-old grandfather, I was touched with a wonderful story about a man who is the true definition of an American hero.

Before Game 6 against the Vancouver Canucks, World War II veteran Norval Nelson stood next to Anthem singer Jim Cornelison as the crowd cheered every word. Jennifer gave me the story behind Mr. Nelson, and I felt the need to write a post detailing his experiences as one of the few surviving U.S. Navy divers during the D-Day invasion June 6, 1944.

Jennifer informed me through email Mr. Nelson died Saturday, surrounded by his three daughters after passing away peacefully in his sleep.

Mr. Nelson’s family likely won’t forget the night he was able to be honored by the Chicago Blackhawks’ wonderful tradition, and Jennifer wrote of how much fun Mr. Nelson had that evening.

Here’s to a true American hero. Thank you for everything, Mr. Nelson.

Have a fun and safe 4th, everyone.

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They Signed WHO? What The… Why Did… JESUS!

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I know that was my reaction, and based on his reputation and the proliferation of fight videos on YouTube, I expect a lot of you said pretty much the same thing.

Daniel Carcillo is now a Chicago Blackhawk. That’s going to take some getting used to.

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Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda: Blackhawks Free-Agent Targets

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Okay, this is it! Free agency starts at 11am Chicago time. Speculation is rampant as to who the Blackhawks will go after, so we thought we’d add to the prognosticating with a quick summary of who, why (or why not), and what the chances are.

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Welcome to CheerTheAnthem.com!

The three of us want to say thanks for joining us on our new little project. We’ve split from the Fansided Network, and that meant saying goodbye to BlackhawkUp. If you’re still inclined to visit, don’t worry: Frank is a Blackhawks fan from WAAAAAYYYYYY back, he’ll be good to you. Just don’t feed him scraps or he’ll puke on the carpet.

We’re just getting started with things here, so please pardon our dust and the empty pizza boxes. As the off-season progresses we will be adding more features, and of course you’ll get all of the Blackhawks news and commentary you’ve come to expect. And it all starts right away: the free agent signing period starts Friday, and we’re all cranked up and ready!

One quick thing that we’re very excited about: our ENTIRE archive of old pieces from BlackhawkUp is loaded and available! Look back to when Tim called the Sedins the “Tampon Twins” and pissed off the entire province of British Columbia; check out Bartl’s Boxing from when we made Bobby Lu cry like a girl; check out Spinner’s playoff edition of “The Daily Espo”; it’s all there!

So once again, thanks for joining us, be sure to follow us on Twitter and “Like”us on Facebook, and we hope you’ll be back soon!

– Jeff, Tim and Brandon

P.S. — Yes, “Bartl’s Boxing” will be making its triumphant return in September. WOO-HOO!

Tampering Week: Shea Weber

The Blackhawks are poised to make some changes after a disappointing 2010-11 season, and with cap space to spare this offseason there’s potential for some quality moves. Blackhawk Up will take a look at who’s available for Stan Bowman to pursue over the next week. However, Bowman cannot negotiate before July 1 – or should he? Today we say, “Dream with me, people!” and look at Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber.

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CONTRACT STATUS: Restricted Free Agent; $4.5 million cap hit in 2010-11

2010-11 STATS: 82 GP; 16 G; 32 A; 56 PIM; plus-7; 3 GWG, 211 hits

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Tampering Week: Marcel Goc

The Blackhawks are poised to make some changes after a disappointing 2010-11 season, and with cap space to spare this offseason there’s potential for some quality moves. Blackhawk Up will take a look at who’s available for Stan Bowman to pursue over the next week. However, Bowman cannot negotiate before July 1 – or should he? On the docket today is Nashville Predators center Marcel Goc.

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CONTRACT STATUS: Unrestricted free agent, $775,000 salary in 2010-11  

 

2010-11 STATS: 51 GP; 9 G; 15 A; 6 PIM; plus-10; 2 GWG

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