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Blackhawks appear on "Tonight Show with Jay Leno"

by Brian Compton
The Chicago Blackhawks have gone Hollywood.


The Central Division leaders have been in the spotlight since arriving in Los Angeles on Monday. Not long after landing on the West Coast, captain Jonathan Toews and forward Patrick Kane headed to ESPN's L.A. studio, where they taped a segment for SportsCenter and also announced the top 10 plays of the day.

Twenty-four hours later, Kane, Toews and the rest of the Blackhawks found themselves at NBC Studios, where they attended a taping of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."  (WATCH)

"The whole team sat in the crowd," Kane told from Los Angeles on Tuesday night. "Myself, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook -- all the medal winners -- had a little part in the show. It was pretty cool."

Kane received a little extra attention, considering he was the lone American among the Olympians on Chicago's roster. He appreciated the feedback he received from the audience.

"He introduced me and I got a pretty big cheer," said Kane, who hails from Buffalo, N.Y. "We got a big cheer when he introduced the team. It was pretty cool to see."

The exposure the Blackhawks have received in Los Angeles is just another example of the impact that Olympic hockey had in North America. Kane, 21, is hopeful such attention will benefit the sport in the long run.

"I think it's awesome ... it's great for the game," Kane said. "I wouldn't say it helps our game as much as playing on the ice, but at the same time it does help in some way or another. A lot of people that I've talked to out here have shouted out the Canada-U.S. game from the Olympics. I think the Olympics is huge for hockey."

Chicago (44-18-6) will play at Anaheim on Wednesday night before facing the Kings on Thursday. The Blackhawks planned to spend Tuesday night together at a team dinner as they do a little bonding during what has been a busy season.

"It's nice just to kind of get away from the game and see some other things that make you realize how hard you work and what you do for a living," Kane said. "It shows that it's really worth it and goes a long way. The thing I think we can look at the most is that we're helping to grow the game for future players in the NHL and for the NHL itself. I think it's all in good fun and it's nice to do these things and realize the life we live is definitely the best."

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