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Chicago Blackhawks reach 8-year contract extensions with stars Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane

Wednesday, 07.09.2014 / 1:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Chicago Blackhawks reach 8-year contract extensions with stars Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane

CHICAGO - The Blackhawks have agreed to eight-year contract extensions with captain Jonathan Toews (tayvz) and star forward Patrick Kane.

General manager Stan Bowman said all along that the extensions were his biggest off-season priority, and the team announced the megadeals Wednesday. The Blackhawks did not release the value of the deals that keep the two stars in Chicago through the 2022-23 season.

Chicago selected Toews with the No. 3 pick in the 2006 draft, and grabbed Kane with the No. 1 overall selection the following year. They combined to lead the Blackhawks to Stanley Cup titles in 2010 and 2013.

Kane had 29 goals and 40 assists and Toews finished with 28 goals and 40 assists this season. The Blackhawks lost to Los Angeles in the Western Conference finals.

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