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Gary Bettman: Blackhawks are 'built for the long haul'

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Gary Bettman: Blackhawks are 'built for the long haul'

When the Blackhawks were presented the Stanley Cup for the third time in six years 114 days ago, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman called Chicago a dynasty.

Due to the salary cap, the Blackhawks had to make some changes this offseason, but Bettman believes the team is still set for the future.

"This is the testiment to a well-run team that starts with ownership Rocky Wirtz, and then John McDonough, Stan Bowman and the players," said Bettman on Wednesday prior to the Blackhawks' 2015 season opener. "This is a team that's been built for the long haul, and yes, we have incredible competitive balance. We are coming off an exciting season and here we start again."

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Bettman also commented on the Patrick Kane incident.

"The fact of the matter is, other than the fact that there's an investigation and there are allegations, we and the Blackhawks don't know a lot. And that's just the function when there's a criminal investigation going on, access to information, people talking to you doesn't exist. And so before we could make any decisions, we have to know a lot more than we do now. There are serious allegations but that's all they are at this point. if that's to change, we'll have to reevaluate at the time."

See what else the NHL commissioner had to say in the video above.

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.

Blackhawks deal Michal Kempny to Capitals for conditional third-round pick

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Blackhawks deal Michal Kempny to Capitals for conditional third-round pick

The Blackhawks dealt defenseman Michal Kempny to the Washington Capitals for a third-round pick. Kempny had seven points in 31 games this season.

Kempny, 27, recorded 15 points in 81 career games for the Blackhawks. He tallied an assist in Saturday's 7-1 victory over the Capitals.

Kempny signed a one-year extension through the end of this season back in May.