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Dave Hakstol on Jonathan Toews: Not much has changed since North Dakota

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Dave Hakstol on Jonathan Toews: Not much has changed since North Dakota

PHILADELPHIA – For Philadelphia Flyers coach Dave Hakstol, the Jonathan Toews people see today is pretty similar to the one he saw when he was Toews’ coach at the University of North Dakota.

“Very composed, very focused, hard working and a good teammate,” said Hakstol on Wednesday morning. “He was just a good leader for us, even as a young guy. But what probably stands out most is he was always a good teammate. Jonny always put the team first.”

[SHOP: Gear up, Blackhawks fans!]

Toews and Hakstol may not cross paths prior to the game but their teams will meet Wednesday when the Blackhawks face the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. Hakstol was named the Flyers’ head coach on May 18. Toews played for Hakstol at North Dakota from 2005-07; the team went to the Frozen Four in both of Toews’ seasons.

“It was a long time ago now but for me, it was a joy and an honor to play for him. He did nothing but great things for my development as a player, helped me step into the NHL and be ready for that level,” Toews said of Hakstol. “He knew how to bring us together and make us feel like we were motivated for the right thing. We came up short a few times there but it’s no coincidence why he kept taking us back to the frozen four every year. We had good teams and he motivated us the right way and got us together. We were always playing goodhockey at the right time.”

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.