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Blackhawks owner sees statues for Toews, Kane @NHL

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane could someday join Michael Jordan, Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull with statues outside United Center, Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz told the Chicago Tribune editorial board Thursday.

"In the long run, we'll see if we get a couple of more statues,” Wirtz said while discussing the $84 million contract extensions for Kane and Toews that begin this season. “I think that they're quality individuals. They're never satisfied. They're great leaders, and I think they're terrific for the city. As the eight-year contracts go on, I think we'll see they're worth every penny."

The Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup three times in the past six seasons with Kane, 26, and Toews, 27. Kane had 23 points (11 goals) and Toews had 21 (10 goals) in 23 games during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs; Chicago defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games in the Final.

The statues of Mikita and Hull were dedicated Oct. 22, 2011, 50 years after they helped the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup.

The Jordan statue was dedicated Nov. 1, 1994. He won six NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls.

United Center opened Aug. 18, 1994, replacing Chicago Stadium as home of the Blackhawks and Bulls.

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