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The Blackhawks have suspended prospect Garret Ross indefinitely pending the outcome of a criminal proceeding against him after he was charged with a felony for sharing an image of a woman engaged in a sexual act without her consent (“revenge porn”). The Blackhawks also said in a statement they only became aware of a “legal proceeding” against Ross on Saturday. Ross, who plays for their AHL affiliate Rockford IceHogs, was charged with the felony on February 2nd after a four-month investigation into the alleged offense.

“On Saturday afternoon, March 19, 2016, the Chicago Blackhawks and Rockford IceHogs learned of a legal proceeding against IceHogs player Garret Ross,” the statement said. “At that time, we excused Garret from team activities pending our preliminary review of the matter. After further review, we have determined to suspend Garret indefinitely pending the outcome of the legal process. Because this is a pending legal proceeding, we will have no further comment at this time.”

Ross continued to play for the IceHogs after he was charged until Saturday. His last game with the team was Friday.

Oct 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger (16) during the third period at United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Kruger could make his return during the team’s four-game western road trip. Kruger has been out since December 18th after undergoing surgery for a dislocated wrist and he returned to practice on March 13th. “Optimistically, I wouldn’t [discount] the possibility of him even playing Saturday [against the Flames in Calgary],” Coach Quenneville said. “I’m hopeful, but we’ll see.”

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The Blackhawks assigned defenseman David Rundblad to the Rockford IceHogs. Rundblad was on loan by the Blackhawks to the ZSC Lions of Switzerland’s National League A. He notched two assists in nine games with the Blackhawks this season.

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) in the second period of an exhibition game Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 at the United Center. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)

Goaltender Corey Crawford has not played since March 14th because of an upper-body injury. His status continues to be “day-to-day” and according to Joel Quenneville, there is uncertainty over whether Crawford will travel on the four-game road trip. Crawford did not practice before Tuesday night’s game against the Stars and when asked if he would travel Friday, Quenneville said “We’ll see.” Quenneville didn’t elaborate on Crawford’s injury except to say there was a “little bit” of progress.

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