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Blackhawks prospect Garret Ross facing revenge porn charges

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Blackhawks prospect Garret Ross facing revenge porn charges

Garret Ross, a Blackhawks prospect who currently plays for the Rockford IceHogs, is facing charges for revenge porn stemming from an August 2015 incident.

The 23-year-old has been charged with one count of nonconsensual dissemination of a sexual image, also referred to as revenge porn, according to DeKalb County records. The charge is a Class 4 felony, which could be punishable by one-to-three years in prison. Revenge porn became illegal in Illinois last year; the new law took effect on June 1, 2015.

Ross, who played in 59 games with the IceHogs this season, was scratched from the lineup over the weekend after Nick Burzych of SportstownChicago.com broke the news of the charge. Rockford coach Ted Dent told WREX earlier today that Ross, “has been excused from the team for personal reasons.” Ross, according to DeKalb County records, is scheduled for a status hearing on March 28 and a preliminary hearing on April 22.

A request for comment from the Blackhawks regarding Ross has not been returned as of this time.

Ross is in the final season of his current contract with the Blackhawks’ organization. He becomes a restricted free agent this offseason.

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.