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by Paul on 07/09/14 at 01:05 PM ET
from the Chicago Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that the team has agreed to terms with forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane on eight-year contract extensions, which run through the 2022-23 National Hockey League season. A formal press conference will be held at the United Center next week, with day and time being announced at a later date
added 1:23pm, Statements from all involved are below, via the Blackhawks....
Chairman Rocky Wirtz:
“When we started our journey we made a commitment to our fans to be relevant and to see the Chicago Blackhawks become the best professional hockey organization. There are not two finer symbols of that than Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. The commitment we have made to these incredible young men is equal to the commitment they have made to our team, our fans, our entire organization and the city of Chicago. We are excited for our future and proud that they will continue to be a part of that commitment and success for years to come.”
President and CEO John McDonough:
“The signings of Jonathan and Patrick symbolize an important milestone in franchise history. We are driven by the pursuit of consistent excellence and today is a huge step forward.”
Vice President and General Manager Stan Bowman:
“Jonathan and Patrick have become cornerstones of this franchise during their time in Chicago. We are excited to ensure they will continue to lead our organization for years to come.”
“I could not be more grateful for the amazing moments and opportunities I've been given by the Chicago Blackhawks. There's no organization in sports that cares more about the overall experience of their fans and the success of their players. To have the chance to continue with this amazing group of teammates and people throughout the organization is an incredible honor. There's nothing we want more as players than to continue to win Stanley Cups for the best hockey fans on the planet.”
"It's great to be able to continue my career in Chicago. Playing with the best organization in sports and the best fans in the game is a blessing. Since I was drafted by the Blackhawks, the people of Chicago have really embraced me and treated me with nothing but respect. I look forward to many more years of success with the Blackhawks."
CAA Co-Head of Hockey Pat Brisson:
"Jonathan and Patrick are among the most dynamic and impactful players in the NHL today. The great support the Blackhawks organization has shown them over the past seven years has been instrumental to their accomplishments on the ice. It has been a great partnership and we look forward to continued success.”
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