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Blackhawks: Marko Dano receives surprise birthday visit from mother

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Blackhawks: Marko Dano receives surprise birthday visit from mother

Marko Dano was already happy to celebrate his 21st birthday on Monday. But when he returned to town on Sunday, he got a big surprise to make it that much more special.

Dano’s mom flew in from Slovakia this weekend, and she’ll be at the United Center Tuesday night to watch him when the Blackhawks host the Minnesota Wild. Dano wasn’t expecting the visit on Sunday, when the Blackhawks came back from their Circus Trip.

“I walked to the lobby and she was sitting there. I was shocked, staring at her,” Dano said following morning skate. “It was unbelievable, such a nice surprise for me. It’s nice to have mom around and she’ll be at the game tonight, so it’ll be special.”

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Dano, who was a healthy scratch when the Blackhawks faced the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, was back among the four lines. He was on the third line with Marcus Kruger and fellow countryman Marian Hossa. 

As for the surprise family visit, Dano said he and his mother had a great Monday.

“We hung around a little yesterday, did some shopping and has a nice birthday,” Dano said.

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It’s the first time Andrea Danova has attended one of her son’s NHL games and Dano, who’s had some great scoring chances but has been in a slump for a while, hopes she brings good luck.

“I have to be patient and positive. I’ve had a couple of chances and I still can’t score,” Dano said. “Hopefully with my mom here I do.”

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.