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Chicago City Council approves Blackhawks' new practice facility

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Chicago City Council approves Blackhawks' new practice facility

Six months after the Blackhawks and city struck a deal to build a new practice facility right outside the United Center, the Chicago City Council unanimously approved the plan, the team announced Wednesday. The Chicago Zoning Committee unanimously approved it on Tuesday, and was previously given the green light by the Plan Commission in January.

“The Blackhawks are excited not only for what this new facility will do for our franchise but for the benefits it will bring to the community at large,” said Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough via the team's press release. “We are grateful for the support of Mayor Emanuel, Alderman Burnett, and the entire city leadership team, all of whom have been instrumental throughout the approval process.”

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The 127,000 square-foot community training center will feature two NHL-sized rinks, with 94 percent of the operations to be used by the community, including young adult, youth and community programs. It will also serve as the permanent practice home for the Blackhawks, who have used Johnny's IceHouse West as their practice home since 2010.

“The Blackhawks are excited to make this investment in our community and we are committed providing the next generation of hockey fans with a place to learn the game we all love so much,” Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz said.

The new facility is expected to open in the fall of 2018.

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.