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Blackhawks: Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith nominated for ESPY award

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Blackhawks: Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith nominated for ESPY award

Over a week after capturing their third Stanley Cup in the last six years, the Blackhawks and the two players who led the way during their championship run have been nominated for an ESPY award.

ESPN announced its 2015 ESPY nominees on Wednesday, and Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith are among those up for the Best NHL Player award while the Blackhawks are up for Best Team.

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Toews, who's been nominated for the second consecutive year, registered 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in 23 postseason games, captaining the Blackhawks to their third title since 2010.

Keith, a two-time Norris Trophy winner, recorded the most assists in the playoffs (18) and tied for fourth-most points (21) while compiling more than 700 minutes of ice time, becoming just the fourth player in NHL history to do that in a single postseason. The Blackhawks defenseman also scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal in the final game, securing the 2015 Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP by unanimous decision.

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The three other nominees are Washington's Alex Ovechkin, Montreal's Carey Price, and New York Islanders' John Tavares.

Voting ends on July 15 at 7 p.m. CT. Click here to cast your vote.

Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

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Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Adam Burish and Pat Boyle discuss which Blackhawks could be on the trading block and what players are building blocks for the Hawks future.

Burish also shares a couple memorable trade deadline days and his “near” return to the Blackhawks in 2012. Plus, he makes his bold trade deadline prediction for the Hawks.

Listen to the full Blackhawks Talk Podcast right here:

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

The Blackhawks have banned the four fans — who were ejected from Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals for their racist remarks towards Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly — from future home games.

On Monday, a Blackhawks spokesperson released this statement:

We have contacted the select individuals involved in the incident on Saturday to notify them that they are no longer welcome at our home games. Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks also wanted to remind fans that they can alert security at the United Center by texting the following to 69050: UCASSIST <SPACE> followed by the seating section, row and a brief description of the issue.