Blackhawks make first roster cuts

The Chicago Blackhawks made their first training camp cuts on Tuesday and reduced their roster from 56 to 47 players.

The Blackhawks assigned forward David Gilbert to the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL and defensemen Dillon Fournier and Travis Brown and goaltender Brandon Whitney to their respective junior teams. They also released forwards Wade Brookbank and Pat Mullane and defensemen Joe Gleason, Jared Nightingale and Bobby Shea from training camp.

The Blackhawks' active roster now includes 28 forwards, 14 defensemen and five goaltenders leading into their preseason opener against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.