If ever in the Rockford area, visitors might want to check out a local attraction—the Rockford IceHogs. Many Chicago Blackhawks have sharpened their skates playing for their American Hockey League affiliate. Some of them even went on to win the Stanley Cup in 2010. Unlike Chicago’s minor league baseball teams, these pros are just a couple hours away. So Eight Forty-Eight thought it might be fun to learn a bit more about them. Mark Bernard, general manager of minor league affiliations for the Blackhawks--the parent organization of the Rockford IceHogs--joined Eight Forty-Eight by phone.