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Blackhawks: Nick Schmaltz, Luke Johnson help North Dakota win national title

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Blackhawks: Nick Schmaltz, Luke Johnson help North Dakota win national title

The Blackhawks begin their quest to another Stanley Cup next week, but a pair of prospects have gotten a head start on snagging a ring.

Prospects Nick Schmaltz and Luke Johnson helped No. 3 North Dakota defeat No. 1 Quinnipiac, 5-1, in the Frozen Four championship on Saturday, capping off a career season for both players. It's North Dakota's eighth national title in school history, but first since 2000.

Schmaltz, the Blackhawks' first-round pick (No. 20 overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft, registered 11 goals and 34 assists in 36 games as a sophomore this season for the Fighting Sioux, and recorded one goal and three assists during the tournament, including the game-winner with 56.8 seconds remaining in the semifinals against Denver on Thursday.

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During Saturday's championship contest, he also set up a beautiful pass to teammate Drake Cagguila, who buried a goal early in the third period that extended North Dakota's lead to 3-1 and essentially put the game out of reach.

Johnson, a fifth-round pick (No. 134 overall) by the Blackhawks in 2013, tallied 11 goals and 10 assists in 43 games during his junior season, and was tied for the team-lead with five power-play goals. In the tournament, he scored two goals, including one that turned out to be the game-winner in the first round against Northeastern.

It's unclear whether Schmaltz and Johnson will come out of college to join the Blackhawks, but it wouldn't be surprising if they did.

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.