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O Captain! My Captain! Patrick Kane named USA captain for World Championship

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O Captain! My Captain! Patrick Kane named USA captain for World Championship

The Blackhawks will not be participating in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season, but several players will still be playing in May.

Monday, Patrick Kane confirmed that he will join Team USA for the 2018 IIHF World Championship. The games will take place in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark, from May 4-20.

Kane, 29, will captain an American squad well-represented by the Blackhawks. Alex DeBrincat and Connor Murphy will also compete for Team USA, while Nick Schmaltz is contemplating whether or not to play.

Tomas Jurco (Slovakia) will also compete in the tournament.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Attempting to rebuild Blackhawks into a Stanley Cup contender

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Attempting to rebuild Blackhawks into a Stanley Cup contender

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Adam Burish joins Pat Boyle to answer your mailbag questions. Among the questions they tackle: What was your favorite moment from the Blackhawks’ past season and were you surprised that Joel Quenneville didn’t make any changes to his coaching staff? 

They also discuss re-signing Vinnie Hinostroza, backup goalie options for Corey Crawford and who do they like in the Jets-Predators second-round series?

Plus, Burish looks at the Penguins roster and sees some similarities to the Blackhawks’ situation and attempts to rebuild a Stanley Cup contender.

Listen to the full podcast right here:

Where do Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews rank among NHL jersey sales in 2017-18?

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Where do Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews rank among NHL jersey sales in 2017-18?

The NHL announced their final jersey sales from the 2017-18 regular season, and there's a new name at No. 1.

Reigning Calder Trophy winner Auston Matthews edged out last season's winner Sidney Crosby as the top-selling jersey after finishing fourth in 2016-17.

The Blackhawks may have missed the playoffs for the first time since Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews were rookies, but that's not stopping fans from purchasing their merchandise.

Each of them stayed inside the top 10, although it's a drop-off from a year ago when Kane was second and Toews was third.

Here what the rest of the Top 15 looked like: